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The key to passing any DoL health and safety inspection

by , 10 October 2014
The thought of a DoL inspector arriving at your workplace unannounced is a terrifying one. If he finds a problem in your health and safety, he might punish you for non-compliance.

So how do you ensure this doesn't happen?

The answer is simpler than you think.

It's something you should do from the start to ensure the DoL inspector never finds any problems in your workplace.

Read on to find out what it is...


Do this so a DoL inspector can't accuse you of non-compliance

The best way to pass a DoL health and safety inspection is to comply with health and safety laws. It really is that simple. 
Trying to take shortcuts and cheat the system will only lead to more trouble and stress.
If you comply with the OHS Act, the inspector will see this in his inspection. If he can see you've done everything you can and he still finds a hole in your health and safety, he'll be more likely to give you an instruction or recommendation that you must comply with, instead of punishing you outright.
So don't try and buck the system. Rather do these five things to comply.
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Do you have more than 20 employees?
Don't ignore this health and safety obligation or else!
The DoL will slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail if you don't have a health and safety representative. 

Five things you must do to comply with the OHS Act and pass a DoL inspection

1. Compile a SHE FILE
This file must contain all your health and safety documents. These documents are the proof of your compliance efforts.
You must train your employees in matters of health and safety so they can protect themselves.
Do risk assessments to determine what risks your employees face so you can deal with them.
4. Make all the relevant health and safety appointments
There are 33 health and safety appointments your company might need to make. Ensure you appoint someone to the positions relevant for your business. 
You must appoint a health and safety representative to act as your employees' voice in health and safety matters. 
Do these five things to comply with the OHS Act and you'll pass any DoL inspection.
PS. Check out the Health and Safety Advisor for more advice on how to comply with the OHS Act. 

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