If a DoL inspector finds you guilty of OHS non-compliance you’ll face more than just a monetary fines. The inspector will impose one of these four prohibitions

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 23 Jul. 2014

Tags: health and safety, health and safety inspection, ohs regulations, ohs act, health and safety inspections, health and safety penalties

If you don’t comply with OHS regulations, you’re breaking the law under the OHS Act. This is why the DoL sends out inspectors. They can come on to your work premises at any time without notice or permission.

If a DoL inspector finds you guilty on non-compliance, he can also impose punishments on your company. These punishments are the price you must pay for not following health and safety laws. And they’re more than just monitory fines that you’ll have to pay.

But do you know exactly what prohibitions the DoL inspector can impose on your company?

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The DoL inspector has nine ways to assess your compliance

Any DoL inspector has the power to come onto your premise unannounced to do a health and safety inspection. He can also speak to any one and ask them any questions relating to your business’ health and safety.
He can also ask to see any of your health and safety records and seize these documents along with any articles, substances or machinery that could become evidence in a court case.
All of these powers enable him to determine if you’ve complied with the law and if you haven’t, to prove it. 
He can then impose the following penalties on your company...

Here are the prohibitions a DoL inspector can impose on your business

A DoL inspector can stop your company from doing any work if he thinks it endangers the lives of your employees. 
This is just one thing he can do. He can also:
1. Instruct you to protect the health and safety of your employees. For example, he can tell you to put specific safety precautions in place.
2. Stop anyone from using a plant or machine. This is normally if the machinery is too dangerous to use.
3. Stop you from exposing your employees to any harmful work or substances for a long period of time.
4. Block or barricade off part of your workplace to enforce the prohibition. 
If the inspector does any of these things, you must take steps to fix the problems and improve the health and safety in your workplace. Until you do, you won’t be able to work the way you always have.
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Are you responsible for compiling your SHE file?
Are you struggling to keep up-to-date with all the paperwork?
Do you waste your time formatting all the documents?
Are you stressed out about all your legal requirements?
Of course you are. You have enough on your plate already, and keeping up with paperwork isn't on the top of your to-do list. But unfortunately, it's part of your job because it's a legal requirement. And, you've answered 'YES' to at least half of the questions above.

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