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Don't let this one health and safety mistake be the undoing of your company's OHS Act compliance

by , 17 October 2014
The DoL is strict about OHS Act compliance. If you miss even a single instruction, it could find you guilty of non-compliance.

A mistake like this is easy to make because of how many instructions the Act gives you.

This type of mistake is the least of your worries. There's a much worse one you could make that could undo all your health and safety compliance.

Read on to find out what it is so you can avoid it at all costs...


Avoid this mistake so your OSH Act compliance remains in tact

The mistake here is leaving out one of the most important steps in your health and safety: Doing a risk assessment in your workplace. 
This is hugely important because your health and safety compliance relies on the findings from your risk assessment. This is how you create a health and safety programme with safety measures specific to the risks in your workplace.
If you leave out this step but comply with everything else, your health and safety measures won't actually fulfil their job. They won't protect your employees from the hazards they face at work.
If a DoL inspector comes in and sees this, he'll either instruct you to redo all your health and safety to make it risk specific or he'll fine you. 
Here's what you must remember about doing risk assessments so you can avoid this.
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Take this quick quiz to find out if you can handle the DoL hot seat
Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.
Don't wait until it's too late.

Remember these four points about risks assessment to ensure yours are legally compliant

1. You must assess the hazards in your workplace and the risks each hazards poses.
2. You must involve your health and safety representative. This ensures your risk assessment isn't biased or one sided.
3. You must record all the details of the risks you identify as you do your risk assessments.
4. You must take the findings of your risks assessment to your health and safety committee to discuss a plan of action.
To make extra sure your risk assessments are always 100% legally compliant, we recommend you check out the Risk Assessment Toolkit.

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