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Five ways your company can comply with the OHSA's environmental regulations

by , 31 January 2013
'By 2015, 80% of South Africa's fresh water resources will be so badly polluted that no process of purification available in the country will be able to make it fit for consumption,' reports The Environment and Conservation Association. While SA's mining and industrial sectors need to shoulder a large chunk of the blame, your business could be adding to the problem too. Is your company taking its environmental responsibilities seriously enough?

Up until November last year, we had no idea how much water pollution from businesses cost. But that's changed. I In fact, according to a recent study,water pollution costs the American state of Florida more than $10 billion ayear! While SA figures aren't yet available, the problem is just as rife here as it is the US. 
That's why The Environment and Conservation Association wants to embark on a R1 million water testing project in the six major water catchments in Gauteng and Limpopo.
That's a lot of money! 
So it's no wonder that the Department of Labour has started to take water pollution seriously by imposing heavy fines on companies that fail to comply with the environmental provisions set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
But it's not just water pollution you should be worrying about. Your health and safety policy also needs to include things like how eco-friendly your company is when it comes to using energy to heat and cool the building, how it removes waste and the effects the business is having on your community and the planet.
So how can you ensure your company complies with the OHSA's environmental provisions? 
It's easy, says the FSP Business's Health and Safety Bulletin.
Put these five tips into practice todayto ensure your company complies with itsenvironmental obligations
  • Assess the carbon footprint of your company, building or office. Once you know what your carbon footprint is, you can find ways to reduce it. 
  • Don't build with non-renewable sources and re-use or recycle! 
  • Switch off all equipment, air conditioning units, computers, printers, photocopiers and lights when not in use. 
  • Recycle all the paper that you'd normally send to incinerators or landfill sites.
  • Make sure you're safely disposing of your company's waste by implementing an OHSA-compliant waste management policy. 
Everything your company does affects the environment in either a negative or positive way. To ensure you don't land in hot water with the law, make sure your company fulfils its environmental responsibilities,starting today.

Click here to get your copy of the OHSA booklet today and we'll also send you a pocket size copy of the COID Act booklet for just R498

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