At any given moment, a Department of Labour (DoL) inspector can arrive at your construction site to check your compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
When he decides to pay you a visit, here are nine DO's and DON'T's to keep in mind:
Make sure the inspector attends your health and safety induction
session before allowing him to make his way onto the site.
Always ensure there is visitors' Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available for inspectors.
Either you, or a senior member of staff, must always accompany the inspector around the site. Never let the inspector walk around your site alone. Because he will need to have questions answered.
Always notify the Health and Safety Representatives that an inspector is on site and invite them to join you for the inspection.
Take this quick quiz to find out if you can handle the DoL hot seat
· Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
· Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
· When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
· Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.
Don't wait until it's too late.
Take notes so you can immediately look into any areas the inspector brings up.
Never shout at your employees for committing unsafe acts in front of the inspector. At the end of the day, maintaining a relationship of respect between you and your employees can be facilitated through not shouting at them, even when the inspector is not there.
Never lie to an inspector. He can hold an inquiry and take a statement under oath. If you have been dishonest, he WILL expose you.
NEVER ask an inspector to use unsafe access or equipment. Instead, fix the unsafe condition before continuing.
Unless a receipt for the paperwork has been issued, never allow the inspector to remove any paperwork from your site.
So, there were nine DO's and DON'T's when it comes to the DoL inspector going through your construction site.
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