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Here's what happens if your company fails a DoL environmental audit

by , 06 November 2014
You know the DoL does health and safety inspections to assess OHS Act compliance, but did you know it also does environmental audits?

It does these to determine if your company is complying with regulations from Acts such as the National Environmental Management Act or the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004.

Failing one of these audits has serious consequences that could cripple your business.

Read on to find out what they are so you never let it happen to your company...


If your company fails a DoL environmental audit, this is what will happen 

If the DoL audits your company and finds you haven't compiled with environmental regulations, it could fine you up to R5 million.
A fine that size could cripple your company.
You'll receive this fine if the auditor finds there are problems in your company that directly affect the environment and you haven't done anything to fix them.
But it gets worse. 
As well as the fine, the DoL will give you very specific instructions that you must follow.
Here's what happens if you don't.
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Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer
When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses? 
Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations? 
There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations. 

If you don't follow the DoL's instructions after an environmental audit, this is what will happen

After the DoL gives you these instructions, it will arrange another unannounced audit. That means an inspector from the DoL will just show up one day to see if you followed its instructions. 
If you haven't, you'll face a R10 million penalty!
That's so large, it could easily destroy your company financially. 
That's why you need to take steps today to comply with all environmental regulations that apply to your business.
For more help on how to do so, check out the Health and Safety Advisor.

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