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To avoid a R10 million fine, your company must fulfil these three environmental responsibilities

by , 06 November 2014
If the DoL does an environmental audit on your company and finds you haven't fulfilled your responsibilities, it could slap you with a R10 million fine.

That's a price your business can't afford to pay.

Luckily, avoiding this is easy as long as you fulfil these three environmental responsibilities.


Fulfil these three environmental responsibilities so you don't land with a R10 million fine

1. Your responsibility to take care of the environment in general
Whether it's storing chemicals correctly, eliminating possible tonic contamination or rehabilitating any natural resources your business compromises, you have to take care of the environment. 
You have to consider this responsibility in every aspect of your business. 
That's where an environmental risk register comes in. It helps you identify, record and monitor the possible risks your business poses on the environment. This helps you fulfil your responsibility by knowing what you need to do. (Check out the Health and Safety Advisor to find out how to create your register).  
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Do you want to be fined, jailed or have a criminal record for life?
If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work. 
2. Disposing of waste safely
You have to dispose of all waste products in a safe manner. This applies whether it's harmful chemical waste or just normal day-to-day rubbish.
You must dispose of these in a correct manner (e.g. chemical to a proper chemical disposal company) to ensure you don't contaminate the environment your business operates in.
3. Limit the amount of air pollution your company causes
You need to take steps to limit any air pollution your company might cause. You can do this through using cleaner fuels in furnaces or power generators. 
By fulfilling these three environmental responsibilities you can ensure your company doesn't have a negative impact on the environment around and avoid a massive R10 million DoL fine. 

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