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Great news: To comply with the OHS Act and avoid DoL penalties, all you need to do is follow these nine steps

by , 23 October 2014
The OHS Act contains so many rules, it's easy to go astray. This can lead to gaps in your health and safety. And if a DoL inspector finds these gaps, you'll face serious penalties.

Don't go down that road.

Rather follow these nine steps to easily comply with the OHS Act...

 

Follow these nine steps to fulfil your legal obligations under the OHS Act

 
Step 1: Do a risk assessment
A risk assessment is the base of all your health and safety compliance. You must do this to ensure your health and safety plan is risk specific.
 
Step 2: Discuss the findings from your risk assessment with your health and safety committee
Once you know what risks are present in your workplace, discuss them with your HSE committee.
 
Step 3: Use the outcomes from your HSE committee meeting to create your health and safety plan
The recommendations of your HSE committee will help you create a risk specific health and safety plan.
 
Step 4: Create a health and safety policy
This outlines the rules your company must follow to implement your plan.
 
Step 5: Implement your plan as a health and safety programme
This is where you actually start rolling out your health and safety measures.
 
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Step 6: Put safety equipment in place
Put safety equipment in place in accordance with your health and safety plan.
 
Step 7: Give your employees personal protective equipment (PPE)
This equipment must also be risk specific and in line with your plan.
 
Step 8: Appoint people to all the relevant health and safety positions
Out of the 33 health and safety appointments the OHS Act outlines, appoint the ones that are relevant to your company. 
 
Step 9: Train all your employees
Give everyone general OHS training. Ensure your HSE appointments have specialised training so they can fulfil their duties. 
 
From there, it's a simple matter of maintaining your health and safety by constantly assessing and improving it.
 
PS. We 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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