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The golden rule to OHS Act compliance that will keep you out of trouble with the DoL

by , 14 October 2014
There are a number of rules in the OHS Act that you must comply with. If you fail to comply with even one and the DoL finds out, it will punish you.

Unfortunately, because of just how many rules there are, it's easy to forget something.

To ensure you don't miss a single one, follow the golden rule of OHS Act compliance and you'll always avoid trouble with the DoL...

 

If you want to avoid issues with the DoL, follow the compliance golden rule 

 
The golden rule for compliance is to plan everything. This helps you stay organised so you don't forget anything.
 
Your health and safety plan acts like a checklist you can use to implement all the health and safety elements the OHS Act requires.
 
Without this plan it's easy to forget what you need to implement and that's where trouble starts. 
 
Rather create a plan, and ensure it includes these four points.
 
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Are you responsible for compiling your SHE file?
 
Are you struggling to keep up-to-date with all the paperwork?
Do you waste your time formatting all the documents?
Are you stressed out about all your legal requirements?
 
Of course you are. You have enough on your plate already, and keeping up with paperwork isn't on the top of your to-do list. But unfortunately, it's part of your job because it's a legal requirement. And, you've answered 'YES' to at least half of the questions above.
 
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Four points your health and safety plan must include to ensure your OHS Act compliance 

 
You must have a plan of when and how you'll do risk assessments. You must do these on every area of your workplace to spot any risks.
 
You need to have a plan that outlines when and how you're going to train your employees on health and safety issues. You must also include plans for specific training that you need to give your health and safety appointments.
 
There are 33 health and safety appointments your business might have to make. You need to include the ones you must make in your plan and what each appointment's duties will be. 
 
4. Safety equipment
You need a plan to ensure you put all the right safety equipment in place. This includes equipment for your machinery and personal protective equipment (PPE) for your employees. 
 
Ensure your health and safety plan has all these points in it so you can comply with the OHS Act.
 
For more about what to include in your health and safety plan, check out the Health and Safety Advisor.
 

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