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The reality today is that safety compliance is a "license to operate" and most safety authorities take the view that businesses should not be operating unless they can operate safely. Authorities have the power to stop business operations immediately and the power to prosecute individuals under criminal law.

 

So what are some of the key compliance requirements under safety laws?

 

These can be summarised into seven main areas which include;

 

1. Identifying hazards, assessing and controlling risk;

 

2. Providing and maintaining safe plant and equipment;

 

3. Maintaining a healthy and safe work environment;

 

4. Storing, using and transporting substances safely;

 

5. Ensuring safe systems of work are in place and maintained;

 

6. Ensuring adequate instruction, training and supervision is provided to employees and others
    such as visitors; and

 

7. Ensuring staff are consulted on matters effecting their safety.

 

 

Under the new Work, Health and Safety Act (which has come into affect in most states) directors of businesses and their senior officers have a proactive duty of care. This means that they need to prove they are actively demonstrating due diligence which includes;

 

      • Keeping up-to-date with health and safety knowledge;
      • Understanding the hazards and risks facing the organisation;
      • Providing appropriate resources and processes to address hazards and risk;
      • Demonstrating a timely response to incidents; and
      • Having processes in place to ensure legal compliance.

 

Under the new laws, penalties will also be increasing to a maximum fine of $600,000.00 and/or five years jail.

 

NB: To fully understand compliance requirements you can contact the relevant safety authority in your state.