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Do these four things at the start of your health and safety programme to ensure it's OHSA compliant

by , 23 October 2014
When it comes to health and safety in the workplace, groundwork in key. After all, you have to create proper structures before you can implement your programme.

If you don't do the correct things at the beginning of your health and safety implementation, it's doomed from the start.

To ensure you do the correct groundwork and implement legally compliant health and safety, we're revealing four things you must do at the start of your process...

 

Start your health and safety process with these four things to ensure it's legally compliant

 
You shouldn't do anything else until you do a risk assessment on your workplace. Because your health and safety programme must be risk specific, you need the risk assessment to identify what your programme must do. 
 
2. Create a health and safety plan
This plan acts as your health and safety blueprint. In this plan, dictate the steps you want to take to actually implement your programme. 
 
When you start implementing health and safety, use this as a guide and a way to check you've done everything you need to.
 
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Do you have more than 20 employees?
 
Don't ignore this health and safety obligation or else!
 
The DoL will slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail if you don't have a health and safety representative. 
 
 
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3. Create a health and safety policy
Your policy is important because it outlines and enforces the rules around your health and safety programme. This is how you get your employees to obey the rules.
 
4. Discuss your health and safety plan with your HSE committee
Your health and safety committee can help you create a stronger plan. Get their suggestions and feedback so you can make changes to your plan before you implement it.
 
If you do these four things right at the beginning of your health and safety process, you'll be able to create strong structures and implement legally compliant workplace health and safety procedures. 
 
PS. We also recommend you check out the Health and Safety Advisor as it contains tips, tricks, advice and step-by-step instructions on how to comply with the OHS Act
 


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