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Why the OHS Act is important to you and your employees

by , 16 April 2015
Most people don't worry when it comes to knowing about safety legislation.

Usually, they give precedence to probability and experience: In other words, if this didn't happen to me in the past, it won't happen in the future either.

So day by day we decide to go on and ignore the regulations and any new alteration being done to the current statements.

You shouldn't wait for the Court to say you're a criminal because you didn't obey the OHS Act.

Do this now and teach your employees to obey it!

According to Section 8 in the OHS Act, all employees have the legal right to know the Act and they must comply with it

Note that the only way they can do this is to be taught about what the Act says about their rights and why they must obey legal safety instructions given to them by their employer.

In case you think this isn't such a dangerous situation and you can overcome it, bear in mind that if you don't know what's legal and what isn't you can do something wrong and get into serious trouble with the law.

As shocking as it may sound, this means that you may even injure or kill yourself or somebody else. Employers who give illegal instructions can, and do cause serious accidents.

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Here are six things you should know and use to protect yourself and your employees when it comes to safety compliance:

1. Employers must obey the OHSAct or face criminal charges, fines and penalties;
2. Employers must teach their employees to obey the OHSAct (Section 8);
3. Employees must obey the OHSAct (Section 14);
4. If anybody does anything that causes harm to someone else in the workplace, they'll face fines, penalties and possible criminal action from the DoL;
5. Ignorance is not an excuse that'll be accepted by the DoL or in a court of law; and
6. Negligence is not an excuse that'll be accepted by the DoL or in a court of law.

Knowing the law is your responsibility. Making sure your employees are aware of safety law and comply with it.

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