Health and Safety Compliance Audit
When it comes to evaluating a business’ health and safety performance, health and safety compliance audits are fundamental.
If your health and safety compliance audit consist of inspections, and interrogations, you’ve either had terrible experiences or you can expect the worst feedback and false health and safety report.
Health and Safety audits should not be a policing process. They are key for finding out where your safety performance currently sits, and where it needs to be – as per the agreed parameters. So, think of them as a positive learning opportunity to improve the health and safety of your organisation.
Health and Safety Compliance means that an employer conforms to a rule, such as a specification, policy, standard, or law. In this case, the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Health and Safety Compliance is a prevalent business concern.
This is partly due to the ever-increasing number of regulations. These require businesses to be vigilant in maintaining a full and working understanding of their requirements towards regulatory compliance.
Although OHS strategies may differ across industries, legitimate business with employees must have a proper safety programme in place. Legislation exist to govern the way in which businesses operate and in South Africa, this is dictated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Thus, employers, despite the industry, size, or nature of business of the company, have legal duties towards their employees. These duties are stipulated in Section 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Employers are responsible to provide employees with a workplace which does not pose any risk to the health and safety of employees. In addition, according to Section 14 of the same Act, employees are also tasked with the duty of ensuring that they safeguard their own health and safety along with that of fellow employees.
Posted date: 1st Feb 2021Blogs