Do you really need a health and safety policy? This checklist will give you the answer

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 29 May. 2014

Tags: safety policy, safety plan, safety programme, ohs regulations, ohs act, ohs policy

The assumption is every company must have a health and safety policy. Now most do, but some specifically need a health and safety policy.

If you’re one of the companies that MUST have one and you don’t, the DoL will happily fine you.

To make sure you comply and have your health and safety policy in place, use this checklist to see if your company must have a health and safety policy.

Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer
When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses? 
Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations? 
There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations. 
Health and safety laws apply to EVERY company, if you have more than 20 employees you have even greater obligations.

A checklist of the companies that must have a health and safety policy

The Health and Safety Advisor lists 47 types of companies that must have a health and safety policy.
Here are the top 20:
1. Employers of parking attendants;
2. Panel beaters;
3. Spray painters, including electro-static spraying;
4. Metal sprayers;
5. Iron and steel producers, including processing and all quarrying or mining as well as related operations;
6. Foundry products manufacturers;
7. Stove manufacturers;
8. Manufacturers of iron buttons, hooks, eyes and other metal fasteners, including metal badges and brooches;
9. Air-gun pellet manufacturers;
10. Leaden toy and novelty manufacturers;
11. Solder manufacturers;
12. Metal Venetian blind manufacturers and repairers;
13. Artificial limb manufacturers and repairers;
14. Manufacturers of vehicle and other number plates;
15. Metal tubes, furniture, door and window frames manufacturers;
16. Sheet metal producers;
17. Wire springs, wire ropes and wire goods manufacturers;
18. Fencing and gate manufacturers;
19. Tin container manufacturers; and 
20. Lead pipe manufacturers. 
Still not sure if you must have a safety plan? 
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If you’re still not sure if you need a safety programme and policy, check out the Advisor

If you still feel stumped about whether or not you need a safety programme with a policy, just check out the Health and Safety Advisor. In the Health and Safety Policy chapter, you’ll find the full checklist of the other 27 companies that must have a safety policy according to OHS regulations.
If you don’t follow what the OHS Act says about your company and safety policies, you will face a fine or even jail time. So use this checklist and ensure you have an OHS policy in place.

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