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The DoL inspector is coming for your construction site! Here are 3 documents you must keep for him

by , 06 April 2016
An inspector from the Department of Labour (DoL) has every right to waltz onto your construction site and demand to inspect it.

There's no point trying to stop him, otherwise you could be arrested for obstructing his duties. And so all you can do is ensure that you're fully compliant before he ever arrives - which could be at any time, even tomorrow!

So, where do you begin?

One of the basic steps is to ensure that you have all the relevant documents on site.

Here are 3 documents you need to keep on your construction site, at all times, for when the DoL inspector comes knocking on your door...

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Document#1: Risk Assessments

Here, you mustn't provide a list of general risk assessments, but instead you should produce a comprehensive list of task-specific risk assessments.

They must address the risks identified on your construction site as a whole as well as each specific site.

CAUTION: Be wary of applying generic assessments on your site, as their prevention measures may not be as applicable to it.

Document#2: A current letter of good standing

This is a letter from the Compensation Commissioner, or a similarly licensed insurer, which says you've paid subscriptions to date and are in good standing with them.

RECOMMENDATION: It's recommended that you make your letter of good standing prominent by clearly displaying it on your construction site for all to see.

Document#3: Notification of construction work

You need to show proof that you faxed or delivered your notification of construction work to the Department of Labour.

Keep this in your Health and Safety file.
 

*Those were 3 important documents you need to have on your construction site for when the DoL inspector shows up.

But don't forget that there are many other documents you must keep on your construction site for an inspection. And they are equally important!

So don't waste time! Page over to I 04 in your Health and Safety Advisor handbook to see what they are, or click here if you don't already have this brilliant Health and Safety resource. 


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