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These two health and safety compliance rules will protect your company from DoL penalties

by , 06 October 2014
The DoL regularly inspects businesses to ensure they comply with the OHS Act.

If your business doesn't comply, you could face monitory fines, shut downs and, even worse, jail time.

But you can protect your company and yourself from these penalties by following these two health and safety compliance rules...

 

Protect your business by following these two health and safety compliance rules

 
Rule 1: Constantly monitor your workplace to protect your employees from danger
 
Risks aren't static and new dangers develop over time. This means your health and safety efforts from two years ago, might not be effective anymore. And if a DoL inspector comes by, he'll think you haven't complied.
 
To avoid this, reassess your health and safety programme at least every six month (if not more) with regular risk assessments
 
These will help you monitor the development of any news risks.
 
Also do internal health and safety inspections and annual health and safety audits. These will help you monitor every area of your health and safety to assess your compliance.
 
Here's the second rule that will protect your company.
 
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Three tips to get your employees to comply with health and safety laws
 
Employees think that safety is something 'management' must do. They're wrong. Employees also have duties to comply with the OHS Act.
 
It's your responsibility to make sure your employees comply. Don't know how to do it? 
 
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Rule 2: Keep your employees informed about health and safety matters

 
You need to constantly communicate with your employees so you can ensure they know how to keep themselves safe. This will also help you find out what dangers you need to address in the workplace.
 
This helps you achieve compliance to avoid DoL penalties because, if an inspector questions an employee about the state of your health and safety, all his answers will be in your favour.
 
 By following these two health and safety compliance rules, compliance is within your reach and you can avoid penalties. 
 
PS. Check out the Health and Safety Advisor for more rules to follow to achieve OHS Act compliance.
 


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