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3 Simple Steps to ensure your Health and Safety Representatives comply with the OHSA

by , 13 April 2016
By now you know that a DoL inspector can demand to inspect your workplace, without prior notice, to see if you're fully compliant with all relevant labour legislation.

This includes him checking to see that your Health and Safety Representatives, as well as your Health and Safety Committees, are compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

So that's good to know, but how can you as an employer ensure compliance before the inspector rocks up on your doorstep?

Here are 3 very straightforward steps you must take to ensure your Health and Safety Representatives are legally compliant with the OHSA...

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Step#1:

Ensure that employers and workers consult each other regarding the nomination, election, the term of office as well as the functions and appointments of Health and Safety Representatives.

Step#2:

For workplaces such as shops and offices, appoint at least one Health and Safety Representative for every 100 employees, or part thereof. And for workplaces such as factories, appoint at least one Health and Safety Representative for every 50 employees, or part thereof.
 
 
 
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Step#3:

 Empower all your Health and Safety Representatives to:  

·         Carry out health and safety audits;

·         Identify potential hazards;

·         Investigate incidents in the workplace;

·         Carry out inspections;

·         Make health and safety recommendations;

·         Attend Health and Safety Committee meetings;
 
 
 
*Those were 3 simple steps to take to ensure your Health and Safety Representatives are legally compliant with the OHSA.

But now that you know them, page over to Chapter H 01: Health and Safety Representatives in your Practical Guide to Human Resources Management handbook to get your hands on nomination and election forms, appointment letter templates as well as health and safety checklists (for your representatives) for various workplace settings, including factories, construction sites, stores etc.

All this will help you to lay the foundation for your Health and Safety Representatives, after which you can begin implementing these 3 straightforward steps.

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