You must comply with the OHSA when it comes to ventilation in the workplace.
But do you know what the OHSA requires you to do?
Here's what the OHSA needs you to do when it comes to ventilation in the workplace
The OHSA says you should start by conducting a risk assessment. This assessment must be done by a competent person, using equipment specially designed to measure the air quality.
The equipment is easy to use and gives a clear indication of what type of chemicals are in the air in your work environment.
The tests are important! They'll help you establish if the chemicals in the air are of a high risk or low risk. You can then use these results to implement the necessary steps to minimise the risk.
The OHSA also requires you to make sure your workplace is ventilated either by natural (wind), or mechanical (aircon, fans) means.
You must make sure:
Also keep in mind that failure to comply with this regulation can lead to a fine of R1 000 or imprisonment of up to six months. And your employee can report you to the Department of Labour as well as the Department of Health if you don't provide proper ventilation in the workplace, warns the Health&Safety Advisor.
Remember, poor ventilation is a health and safety hazard. Like all hazards, it poses a risk to your employees' health and you must eliminate or control this hazard.