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When a DoL inspector assesses your equipment, there are four things he won't want to see

by , 14 October 2014
If a DoL inspector arrives at your business, he'll want to check your company's compliance with the OHS Act. This includes its regulations around machinery.

These regulations apply to anyone who carries out work using electrical machinery at a workplace.

This means if your employees work with electrical machinery, you need to follow the OHS Act's instructions to protect them from this hazard.

And when that DoL inspector comes around and assess your compliance, he won't want to see these four things...

 

If the DoL inspector sees these four things when it comes to your equipment, he'll fine your company

 
1. Machinery without any safety equipment
If the inspector looks at your machinery and sees you don't have any safety equipment, it's a clear violation of the OHS Act.
 
You need to assess your machinery and equipment to determine what safety equipment you need and then put it in place.
 
2. Dangerous machinery in a hazardous location
If you have dangerous machinery in a hazardous location. A machine that gives off sparks near flammable gas, for example, is extremely dangerous. If the inspector sees this he'll instruct you to move the machine.
 
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Employees think that safety is something 'management' must do. They're wrong. Employees also have duties to comply with the OHS Act.
 
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3. Machinery without proper earthing
Earthing is when you connect a machine or other electrical devise to the ground. This conducts electrical currents away and stops electrical surges or short circuits. 
 
If the inspector sees you haven't properly earthed your machinery (where necessary), he'll fine you and put prohibitions around that machine.
 
4. Damaged or old insulators and fittings
If the insulator or fittings on your machinery are damaged, they won't protect employees from the machine's electrical circuit. This is very dangerous and the inspector will put prohibitions around that machine until you fix it.
 
Ensure the DoL inspector doesn't see these four things so he won't have a reason to punish your business for health and safety non-compliance.
 
Check out the Health and Safety Advisor for more on complying with the OHS Act.
 

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