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Three additional things the DoL will check when doing inspections in your workplace

by , 21 February 2014
As you know, Department of Labour (DoL) inspectors can enter your construction site anytime to investigate your compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). They'll pay particular attention to the following three things when doing inspections.

In January, we wrote an article on DoL inspections. We gave you a list of some of the aspects DoL inspectors will be checking when conducting inspections.

Now we're going to give you three more things that the DoL will check.

DoL inspectors will check the following three things when they visit your premises

The Health & Safety Advisor explains that inspectors will check all physical conditions and compliance with the Act and Regulations.

The Advisor goes on to say that the DoL will pay particular attention to the following:

#1: The condition of scaffolding

Your scaffolding must comply with SANS 10085. The inspectors will check things like the design, erection and use and inspection of scaffolding.

The experts at the Health & Safety Club explain that 'in SANS 10085 – 1, the section on scaffold inspectors states that you only need to have a scaffold inspector if the scaffold is higher than 6 meters.'

'If your scaffolding is never higher than 6 meters you don't need to have a certified inspector. The people erecting the scaffolding must assess the hazards and risks and decide it is safe to use.'

#2: The state of excavations

Excavations have caused many fatalities over the years and inspectors will make sure you're working in safe excavations.

#3: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) compliance

Inspectors will check if you've issued your employees with PPE (free of charge) and that they're all wearing it.

If the inspector notes non-compliance, they'll request proof you issued your employees with PPE (you'll need to produce a PPE register for this purpose).

Knowing what the DoL will check when doing inspections will help ensure you comply with the OHSA.

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