'If your company employs five or more employees, it must meet the minimum first aid requirements,' of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act warns Richard Swift in the Health and Safety Advisor. Not sure what these requirements are? Read on to save yourself from a huge fine if the Department of Labour shows up and finds your SHE file lacking in the first aid department!
If you thought South African compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act was among the worst in the world, think again.
Only 13% of Australian workplaces comply with Safe Work Australia's new code of practice on first aid
, says Monash University's Conversation
But the website adds that this is' only the tip of the iceberg for the crisis in Australian occupational health and safety, which itself appears to need first aid.'
Locally, if you don't meet your Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements, you face a fine if the Department of Labour shows up on your doorstep for an inspection – unannounced.
And it gets worse.
You could be liable for an additional R200 fine (or one-day's imprisonment) for every day the offence continues, warns OHS Act
auditor Edmund Galvin in The Health and Safety Advisor
Use your SHE file to prove your company's compliance with the OHS Act!
Don't worry. It's easy to prove your compliance.
All you need to do is make sure your SHE file is up-to-date.
A SHE file or safety, health and environment file is where you keep all your company's occupational health and safety information, explains FSP Business
Make sure you've appointed a first aid attendant, given them ample training, and stocked your first aid kit!
And one of the key components that the Department of Labour will look for in your SHE file is proof that you've appointed a first aid attendant in case of a health emergency in the workplace, says FSP Business
Added to this, you'll need to make sure you can prove your first aid attendant has been properly trained, and that you have a well-stocked first aid kit,
containing 18 essential items.
It's the easiest way to prove your compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act
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