Occupational Health and Safety Compliance

Occupational Health and Safety Compliance is a standard of meeting all the required legal standards stipulated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993. The legal standards stipulated are meant to safe-guard and protect employees in the workplace from any hazards, risks, incidents or fatalities. It also stipulates the safe use of machinery and equipment to prevent injury.

The Act also protects co-workers, family members, employers, customers or any person that might be affected by your workplace environment.


What is the importance of Occupational Health and Safety Compliance?

It is a legal requirement that all workplaces become compliant with the requirements of the OHSA. Failure to meet such standards is punishable by law and may result in loss of productivity, lawsuit court cases or loss of lives.

Who is required to ensure premises meet the Occupational Health and Safety Compliance standards?

All employers or owners of companies have a legal duty of ensuring the health and safety of all their employees in their workplace. Therefore, employers have the duty to ensure that their workplaces are compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements.

How can it be determined if they meet the Occupational Health and Safety Compliance standards?

Determining if a premise meets the Occupational Health and Safety Compliance standards is only achieved through conducting an audit. These audits must be conducted by health and safety professionals/ auditors who have the skills and the knowledge of the Act. They will inspect and determine if your workplace is compliant by conducting a risk assessment.

What happens afterward?

If they come across any hazards or risks, they will immediately point them out to companies and suggest the possible control measures to be implemented. They will conduct a review at a later stage to see if corrective measures have been successfully implemented and are effective. If they do not come across any hazard or safety risk, these professionals can safely declare your workplace as health and safety compliant.

You premises can then be issued with a Health and Safety Compliance Certificate. Health and Safety Legal Compliance Certificate can be used for ISO 9000 series Certification as well as various Manufacturers requirements for Approvals Certificates.

What is the risk of being non-compliant?

Being non-compliant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act regulations may result in the following:
  1. Legal action
  2. Fines
  3. Penalties
  4. Jail time
  5. Loss of productivity
  6. Loss of lives
  7. Compensatory damages
  8. Lost goodwill from employees and clients

Occupational Health and Safety ComplianceWhile many may think the Department of Labour is very strict when it comes down heavily upon non-compliant employers, Occupational Health and Safety Compliance comes with more benefits for employers.

If a workplace is free of hazards or risks, it guarantees that work in conducted in a safe manner hence; increased profits and less losses and wasted time. In addition, employers who work in secure and healthy workplace are more productive, focused and feel secure to perform their duties par excellence.

MAKROSAFE specializes in conducting Occupational Health and Safety Compliance audits for workplaces. Their team of experienced Auditors perform comprehensive Risk Assessments and MAKROSAFE issues Health and Safety Legal Compliance Certificates for compliant workplaces. Call them today and schedule for an audit for your premises.

Posted date: 8th Feb 2015
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