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Here are three things a DoL inspector will look for when assessing your safety equipment

by , 04 November 2014
It's an OHS Act requirement to put safety equipment in place in your workplace.

That's why, if a DoL inspector rocks up at your workplace, he'll assess your safety equipment.

But do you know what he'll look for?

Read on to find out so your equipment passes the test...

 

The DoL inspector will assess your safety equipment and he'll look for these three things when he does

 
1. Is it risk specific?
Your safety equipment must be risk specific. The DoL inspector will assess it to ensure it is. If it isn't, he'll tell you to do a risk assessment and put risk specific safety equipment in place. If you ignore this instruction, the DoL will charge penalties that run into hundreds of thousands.
 
If your equipment isn't risk specific, it may not be effective. Do a risk assessment first to make sure it is.
 
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2. When did you last service and maintain your equipment?
The inspector will want to see that your equipment is in a good working condition. You must show him records of when you last did maintenance on your equipment so he can see how often you do it.
 
3. How your employees use your safety equipment
The inspector will want to assess if your employees use the safety equipment correctly. 
 
Show the inspector your training registers to prove you trained your employees on how to use the equipment. 
 
This way, if he notices that they don't use the equipment properly, you can prove it's not because you haven't trained them.
 
If you want your safety equipment to pass a DoL inspection, you need to make it risk specific, keep it in good condition and train your employees on how to use it.
 
Check out the Health and Safety Advisor for more on your health and safety obligations. 
 

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