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Warning: During a health and safety inspection, the DoL inspector will look inside your cupboards too

by , 13 October 2014
If a DoL inspector arrives at your workplace he'll assess if you're complying with the laws including those under the OHS Act.

If he finds you guilty of non-compliance, he could fine you or even take you to court for criminal prosecution.

And watch out, he'll even look in your workplace cupboards.

Here's why...


Here's why the DoL inspector will look in your workplace cupboards

The DoL inspector wants to determine your health and safety housekeeping. This is an important part of health and safety compliance because you need to store tools and harmful substances safely.
If the inspector opens your cupboards and finds chemicals in unsealed containers or sharp dangerous tools lying around, he'll instruct you to improve your workplace housekeeping.
If you ignore this instruction, he can charge you a hefty fine.
Rather avoid this whole situation by taking care of your workplace housekeeping from the start.
Follow these five steps to implement effective health and safety housekeeping today.
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Five steps that will help you implement effective health and safety housekeeping in your workplace

Step 1: Get secure containers for any harmful substances. These must be strong and have tight fitting lids that won't let anything leak.
Step 2: Get storage containers for all your tools. These will help you store your tools in a way that will protect them from damage and keep your employees from getting hurt.
Step 3: Put all of your loose working equipment and materials away in secure storage containers. Your working materials should go in a place where they can't fall over, spill or contaminate the general working area. 
Step 4: Instruct all your employees to put all their equipment and materials back in their correct storage area at the end of the day.
Step 5: Clean up after a work shift. This includes cleaning any left over or spilt materials that can cause health problems.
Follow these five steps so the DoL inspector never finds your workplace health and safety housekeeping in disrepair.
For more advice on effective health and safety housekeeping, check out the Health and Safety Advisor

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