| Department of Labour Inspections
Labour Inspectors of the Department of Labour visit workplaces from time to time to check the level of compliance with labour legislation.
The Department of Labour Inspectors are appointed in terms of section 63 (1) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 75 of 1997. Employers need to cooperate and comply with the following areas pertaining to labour legislation in South Africa:
- Are you registered with the Compensation Fund?
- Are you registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund?
- Do you have a copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the relevant Regulations on the premises and is the Act and the Regulations available to the workers if they want to read it?
- Do you display the Summary of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act?
- Do you display the Summary of the Employment Equity Act?
- Have you appointed Health and Safety Representatives?
- Have you established Health and Safety Committees in your workplace?
- Are you and your workers trained to recognise health and safety problems?
• Are moving parts like drive belts and chains guarded?
• Are chemicals used safely and stored in a safe place?
• Are emergency exits clearly marked and easily accessible?
• Are fire extinguishers accessible and serviced regularly?
• Are flammable materials stored and used correctly, for instance not near fires?
- Do you have fully equipped first aid boxes on the premises?
- Are all electrical wires insulated and proper plugs used in your workplace?
- Do you report injuries at work to the Department of Labour?
- Do you have clean and hygienic toilets and washing facilities provided for males and females?
- Do you have an attendance register at your workplace?
Contact us at Fresco HR to assist with preparing for a Department of Labour inspection and ensure that your company comply and avoid a potential hefty fine.