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Here's why a messy workplace could lead to a DoL fine

by , 13 October 2014
Health and safety compliance is vital for your company. If a DoL inspector comes by and sees you haven't complied he'll fine you.

But proving your compliance isn't just about showing him your health and safety documents. It's also about letting him look around your workplace.

And if he sees a massive mess when he does this workplace inspection, it could land you with serious penalties.

Here's why...


A messy workplace is a health and safety hazard 

Let's say you don't have any storage for your loose tools and equipment. Because of this, it lies all over your employees' work surfaces and even the floor. 
When the DoL inspector assesses your workplace, he'll have to step over and avoid all these hazards. This is a clear violation of the OHS Act because it puts your employees in very obvious danger. 
The inspector will instruct you to fix this hazard by putting proper health and safety housekeeping measures in place.
If you fail to comply with this instruction, the DoL will punish you with a hefty fine.
Rather take steps to implement health and safety housekeeping today and avoid this whole process.
Just remember this important rule when you implement housekeeping.
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One simple step to win over any labour inspector
By law if you operate any machinery in your workplace, you must display the General Machinery Regulations Schedule D (Or Schedule C if you use boilers) where your employees can see it. This will be one of the first things a labour inspector will look for.

An important health and safety housekeeping rule you must follow when you implement it

The rule of thumb with housekeeping is to give all your tools, equipment and materials their own storage areas.
These will be different depending of the risks those tools and equipment pose. For example, if your employees work with chemicals, you shouldn't just keep them in the cupboard. 
Put these chemicals in a safe storage area where the chemicals won't easily fall over.
There you have it! Ensure you have the correct storage for everything in your workplace so you don't incur DoL penalties.
For more on how to create effective housekeeping in your workplace, check out the Health and Safety Advisor.

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