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Let this story of an employer who was fined R20 000 for ignoring PPE instructions be a lesson to you

by , 04 June 2014
Last month, a DoL inspector did an inspection at Reboni Furniture Factory, just outside of Rustenburg.
The inspector instructed the employer to provide his employees with the correct PPE immediately.

He didn't comply with this instruction and as a result, he was summoned to the Mogwase Magistrates Court. It was at this point he realised not complying with DoL instructions is a criminal offence.

And just this week he decided to settle out of court and paid R20 000 for his mistake.

Read on to ensure you give your employees the right PPE to avoid a similar fate.

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Your Health and Safety role is not exactly an easy one!
 
Right now, the headaches, stresses, time-drainers and financial costs of Health and Safety in your company seem endless. You're having to constantly stay on top of changes and updates being made to laws and regulations – and implementing these changes.
 
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What PPE must you give your employee?

The Health and Safety Advisor says the kind of work you do determines the kind of PPE you must give your employees. The Reboni Furniture factory had to supply PPE according to Electrical Installation Regulation (EIR) requirements. But this may be different for you.
 
You must provide PPE that protects your employees from the hazards and risks specific to their job.
 
But how can you determine what hazards you must protect your employees from?
 
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Do you employ five or more employees?
 
If your company employs five or more employees, it must meet the minimum first aid requirements.
 
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How to determine what risks to protect your employees from so you can give them the right PPE

You must do a full risk assessment to find out what dangers your employees face. 
 
In many cases the OHS regulations related to your industry will outline the protective clothing you must give your employees.
 
You should use these regulations as a guideline for your risk assessment and check for other site specific hazards as well.
 
And if a DoL inspector tells you to give your employees certain PPE, do so immediately. If you don't, you could face a R20 000 fine of your own. 
 

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