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Keynote Speakers Tibor Szana
2nd NMMU Construction Management Conference

Tibor Szana


Tibor Szana is the Director: Explosives; Construction and Major Hazard Installations in the Department of Labour

He obtained a National Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at the Cape Town Technicon at the end of 1992. He was employed by the Department of Labour in January 1993 as an Occupational Health and Safety inspector. Most of his working career in the Department of Labour has been spent in the Gauteng, in Johannesburg, until he was promoted to Director in December 2006, a post currently holds. He is currently responsible for the portfolio of Construction; Major Hazard Installations and Explosives. Functions amongst others include: policy development in areas indicated. Technical support to Provincial Offices on areas of responsibility. The aforementioned Regulations are all under review. He is a member of the current Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety.

He was given the responsibility for presenting the first ever draft of the Construction Regulations to the then Chief Inspector in 1999, which subsequently led to the first publication of the Regulation in 2003.

Some of the key projects he has been involved in over time include:

In 2006, was given the responsibility of developing the Inspections and Enforcement Services Strategy for the Department of Labour which was completed and is currently in force.

Engaged in facilitating the development of an IT system for Inspection and Enforcement Services. 

Has over the last several years facilitated training of inspectors and Client Services Officers in: Basic Conditions of Employment; Employment Equity and Occupational Health and Safety.

Established and continues to facilitate a Roving team of inspectors that operates Nationally with mounting levels of successes. The team has been operating for the past three (3) years.

Has presided over the Paarl Print Fire Inquiry in which several people had tragically died and currently appointed as the presiding officer for the Hectorspruit train/truck incident in which 25 people tragically lost their lives and almost as many were injured.

Was tasked by the current Chief Inspector with facilitating the re-writing of the OHS Act (currently in Bill form).

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