When it comes to hazards and risks in the workplace, your duty to 'inform' comprises of these 3 parts:
Attention! Health and Safety specialists face fines imposed by the DoL!
Recently, the Department of Labour (DoL) conducted over 190,000 impromptu health and safety inspections. It even shut down a company for failing to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Employers have been warned that there will be many more inspections.
Don't let them show up at your door unannounced.
You must ensure all of your employees are aware of all the risk and hazards of their workplace and job. You can do this by having a Toolbox Talk
safety chat with your employees in your weekly meetings.
They need to know exactly what to do and how to do it safely so as to protect themselves and those around them.
You must inform all of your Health and Safety Representatives of any inspections, investigations or formal enquiries by the Department of Labour BEFORE the actual event takes place.
Here are 29 Essential Health and Safety Inspection Checklists
you can use to prepare for an inspection.
If there's been an incident at a section in the workplace, you must notify the relevant Health and Safety Representative as soon as possible.
In other words, you must inform the Health and Safety Representative of that particular section with regard to the incident.
So what now?
There are 3 very specific health and safety duties you have, as an employer, when it comes to the general duty of 'informing' your employees about hazards and risks in the workplace.
So start using them today!
Because by 'informing' regularly, and by continuously keeping all relevant parties updated, you can ensure that health and safety in the workplace is maintained and that business can go ahead, in an effective and efficient manner, without any unnecessary risks.
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