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Three vital safe workplace components your company must comply with

by , 12 November 2014
You have a legal obligation to run a workplace that's safe. It mustn't be dangerous or cause harm to anyone working or visiting it.

These three components make up a safe workplace.

Read on to discover what they are so you can ensure your business safety is up to legal standards...


Ensure your workplace fulfils these three safety components 

1. Safety measures
You have to ensure the safety of everyone on your premises. To do this, you need to train employees, put safety precautions in place and take steps to remove safety hazards from your workplace. 
The OHS Act governs this requirement and says you need to:
- Give employees personal protective equipment (PPE); 
- Train employees; and
- Create safe working procedures.
2. Health protection measures
Your employees' health is just as important as their physical safety. If they do any work that could make them sick or affect their health in any way, take precautions to prevent this. 
The OHS Act also governs this and says you must:
- Give employees personal protective equipment (PPE); 
- Train employees;
- Use medical surveillance to spot sick employees;
- Create a clean and hygienic workplace; and
- Put measures in place that reduce health hazards (e.g. proper ventilation)
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3. Environmental protection measures
You don't just have to protect the people in your workplace. You also have to protect the environment around it. To do this, limit the effect your company has on the surrounding environment.
There are three environmental laws that govern your responsibility to look after the environment. They are the: 
- National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998;
- National Environmental Management Waste Act;
- National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004.
So ensure you fulfil all three components in your workplace to ensure it's safe on every level. 
For everything you need to know on implementing these three components, check out the Health and Safety Advisor

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