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The OHS Act: A comprehensive guide to keeping your employees safe

by , 25 August 2014
You know by law you have to protect your employees at work. But often employers get stuck on how to do this. They're not sure of what they must do, give or create to ensure their employees don't end up in serious accidents.

The truth is, these employers only feel this confusion because they haven't taken a proper look at what the law says.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act) is a comprehensive guide that shows you everything you need to do to protect your employees. On top of that, it'll help you ensure your company complies with the law.

These are some of the basics the OHS Act says you must do to keep your employees safe...

 

Four ways to keep your employees safe

 
1. You must train your employees
The OHS Act is very clear about the fact that you must give all your employees proper health and safety training. This is one of the best ways to protect your employees. Because it gives them the power to do it themselves.
 
2. You must give your employees Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The Act doesn't say what PPE you must give your employees. It just says you must give them protective equipment that'll keep them safe from the dangers they face.
 
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Do you want to be fined, jailed or have a criminal record for life?

If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work. 
 
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3. You must have a safety officer
The Act states you must appoint a safety officer. This is vital as your safety officer can watch over your employees and ensure they comply with health and safety regulations.
 
4. You must do a risk assessment
This is a legal requirement under the Act as it'll show you exactly what dangers your employees face.
 
These are just four of the OHS Act's rules, but if you just follow these OHS regulations, it'll go a long way to keeping your employees safe. 
 

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