- Understand the internal OHS audit so your company's health and safety standards are spot on
- To make sure everyone complies with safety regulations when it comes to the internal OHS Audit, you should know the concepts and definitions used by internal auditors when assessing and reporting against the internal audit criteria.
These will help you have a better understanding of the process itself and know whether the conclusions and the procedure is being applied correctly.
Knowing th... ››› more
- [18 May 2015]
- Eight safety tips to give your employees to ensure their safety at your construction site, and your OHS compliance...
- Studies show 52.5% of construction sites are non-compliant with health and safety laws.
Of which 82.3% of non-compliance on construction sites is because employees don't know how to work safely.
You have to make sure your employees work safely, which will reduce injuries, and ensure your OHS compliance.
Here are eight construction site safety tips you must give your employees to ensure t... ››› more
- [18 May 2015]
- Before you start your next construction job. Remember that your sub-contractors must have insurance!
- There is a very important regulation you must comply with when it comes to your sub-contractors: Insurance.
In other words, your sub-contractors must register with the COID Commission or an insurance company such as Federated Employers Mutual Assurance (FEMA) approved by the Compensation Commissioner.
How to know if they have?
They must show you their letter of good standing from the Co... ››› more
- [15 May 2015]
- Know the basics: What should you must know about safe construction work?
- If you own a construction company, you must make yourself familiar with the most important basic aspects of safe construction work.
After all, there are 30 Construction Regulations you must comply with to avoid delays, paying penalties or stopping of your project!
Understanding what's your dealing with in construction work is a way to make sure you're complying with all the safety regulat... ››› more
- [14 May 2015]
- Machine guarding and how to use it comply with the OHS Act
- If your employees work with machines like circular saws, sanding or grinding machines, you'll be interested to know how important the safety of your machines is.
You have to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and make sure your machines are guarded so you cover the risks of having your employees injured.
An employee injured by an unguarded machine can cost you thousands in... ››› more
- [11 May 2015]
- If you don't have a health and safety plan on your construction site, the DoL could stop your project! Here's what to include...
- If you're the Principal Contractor for a construction site, you need to draw up a health and safety plan.
This plan will help make sure you deal with health and safety matters on site properly from start to finish.
You have to prepare it before you start work, and keep it on site. If you don't, you'll be breaking the Construction Regulations 2014.
Here are six things to include in your h... ››› more
- [08 May 2015]
- Health and safety signs you should display in your workplace to stay OHS compliant
- Safety signs all perform the same basic function of reducing injuries through awareness.
But there are differences between the signs and their functions. And you need to know what they are to make sure you're displaying the right ones! Because even if you're displaying a lot of signs, if they're not the right ones, you'll still be labelled non-compliant.
Read on to find out what the differe... ››› more
- [08 May 2015]
- Follow this procedure when applying for a construction work permit
- As new amendments were made to the Construction Regulations in 2014, we'll show you the right procedure to follow when you want to apply for a construction work permit.
Note: This is one of the new requirements of the Construction Regulations 2014 (Regulation 3). A client who's going to have construction work done must apply for a construction work permit.
But, you only need to apply for ... ››› more
- [07 May 2015]
- 5 questions the DoL inspector could ask your employees to ensure you're complying with the Construction Regulations 2014
- You think you're prepared for a safety inspection by the DoL, but the inspector might surprise you with a different opinion afterwards...
You're not the only one in the firing line of questions! Your employees are too!
Read on for the five top questions you need to prepare your employees for when the DoL comes knocking. And the textbook answers to protect your company from fines!
(Note th... ››› more
- [06 May 2015]
- Here's where to start to get your SME compliant with the OHS Act before your first DoL inspection
- As an SME, you probably find the idea of health and safety overwhelming!
Added to the fact that accident rates in SMEs are twice that of larger businesses. Or that the cost of safety failure could shut you down completely! And I'm sure you don't know how to ensure you're ready for a DoL inspection.
I'm going to tell you where to start so you can be 100% sure your health and management system... ››› more
- [06 May 2015]
- To comply with Construction Regulations, you have to do the right safety planning
- A very important phase when it comes to the construction process is planning.
And it's at this very first stage that mistakes can be the reason you don't comply with Construction Regulations.
Keep in mind that your construction processes must comply with the Construction Regulations 2014 to be legal. While this can be overwhelming and the process itself, the regulations contains six phases ... ››› more
- [05 May 2015]
- Ensure compliance with safety regulations by monitoring and reviewing your Health and Safety Plan
- Your Health and Safety Plan needs to be dynamic so you can respond to changing circumstances and easily implement new safety regulations.
For this to happen, you must ensure your Principal Contractor performs regular safety audits on the construction work he does.
And you must ensure your Health and Safety Plan provides a safe and healthy environment for everyone on site.
Sounds like a ... ››› more
- [04 May 2015]