Doing a health and safety audit? Look for these two signs of non-compliance

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 30 Oct. 2014

Tags: health and safety compliance, ohs act, health and safety audit, health and safety non-compliance

You must do health and safety audits at least once a year. These help you assess your company’s compliance with health and safety laws.

But how can you use your audit to determine if you’re complying?

To do this, you have to look for the warning signs of non-compliance.

Here are two of the most common signs you must look out for…


Look out for these two signs of non-compliance during your health and safety audit

1. Employees who don’t follow safe working procedures
Your employees must follow safe working procedures to protect themselves at work. If your employees don’t follow these procedures, it could suggest:
- They haven’t had training on safe working procedures;
- The safe working procedures don’t actually protect your employees; or
- You haven’t created safe working procedures at all.
If any of these things are true, you haven’t complied with the OHS Act’s regulations.
The next sign is even more important because it suggests big non-compliance problems.
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This is the second sign of OHS non-compliance you must watch out for

2. Ineffective safety equipment
If the safety equipment around your machinery or what your employees wear is ineffective, it suggests:
- You didn’t do a risk assessment or you didn’t do it properly so your equipment isn’t risk specific;
- The equipment is old and you haven’t replaced it in a while; or
- You haven’t trained your employees on how to use it correctly.
Again, all of these are big non-compliance problems, so if you find your safety equipment is ineffective you must investigate why this is so.
Doing a health and safety audit and spotting all your compliance will help you avoid trouble with the DoL.
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