The OHS Act clearly outlines the rules when it comes to health and safety. You have to comply with these rules and protect your employees at work. If you don't, it's a criminal offence.
An inspector from the DoL might pop around to inspect your workplace and, if he discovers you haven't complied, it could mean prohibitions, fines, workplace shut downs and even jail time.
But you can avoid this problem by simply complying with the health and safety laws.
Follow these three rules to ensure you do...
To help you comply with the OHS Act, follow these three rules
Rule 1: Document everything
You need to document everything you do when it comes to health and safety. This way, when that inspector comes around, he can see what you have and haven't done.
There are certain documents, like your health and safety plan, training certificates and equipment registers that the DoL inspector will want to see. Ensure you have them on hand.
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If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work.
Rules 2: Train your employees thoroughly
Health and safety training is a legal requirement under the OHS Act.
It clearly states you must train all your employees on health and safety issues.
You can do this through a formal training programme and informal toolbox talks
Rules 3: Maintain your working conditions
It's vital that your employees work in safe and hygienic conditions. If they don't and the DoL inspector sees it, he could shut your business down until you fix up your workplace.
Maintaining a safe and hygienic workplace includes:
- Maintaining your equipment;
- Replacing old and damaged equipment;
- Giving employees appropriate safety gear;
- Providing proper storage areas; and
- Cleaning and disinfecting the whole workplace regularly.
If you follow these three rules, it will enable you to comply with the OHS Act