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If your company doesn't comply with the OHS Act, you could pay the ultimate price

by , 03 October 2014
The OHS Act governs health and safety in the workplace. It covers all the things you must do to protect your employees at work.

If you don't fulfil your health and safety obligations, you're breaking the law. This, just like any time you break the law, is a criminal offence.

Now you may know the price you'll pay for offences like stealing or public vandalism, but do you know the price for breaking health and safety laws?

Read on to find out before your business has to pay the ultimate price...


Do you know the price of OHS Act non-compliance?

The price you'll pay for non-compliance depends on how serious your transgression is.
For example, if there's a part of your workplace that isn't safe, the DoL could force you to block it off so no one can go there until you fix it. This is a minor price to pay.
The DoL could charge you with a monitory fine as well. This could happen, for example, if an inspector visits your site and sees you didn't give your employees the right PPE. He'll instruct you to give it to them immediately. If you ignore his instruction, he'll give you a monitory fine. 
This fine can go as high as R10 million. 
But that's still not the worst thing that can happen…
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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. 

Here's the ultimate price for not complying with health and safety laws 

If the DoL discovers your workplace health and safety is in serious need of repair, it could shut down your company completely. You'll only be able to reopen the company if a DoL inspector approves and says you've fixed all the problems. 
This could take months and you'll suffer massive loss in revenue. So massive, in fact, it could be enough to shut your business down for good.
If that wasn't bad enough, you could even go to jail for up to two years for not complying.
It's just not worth it to ignore your health and safety obligations! Comply today. Or else…

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