Recently, the subject of statutory compliance by companies has been at the very core of my thoughts. I have wrestled night and day, trying to comprehend the complacent manner in which companies embrace statutory compliance issues.
The most recent statutory complaint topic that has raised it's head at least 5 times in the last week, covering many different instances, and a number of different companies, has been Occupational Health and Safety - commonly known, or should I say "should be known" as OHS.
In a restaurant, a lady has a "heart attack" - no first aider is found in the company, and even more horrifying was that, the manager was not even trained in first aid. A crisis arose which could have cost the lady her life, for the sake of complying to OHS rules and regulations, regulating these kinds of incidents where the public and even more scary, clientele meet.
OHS is in place for positive reasons, for the safety of clients and staff members. When I began asking a few questions about their OHS plan, since I am allergic to well over 24 substances and it is important for me to frequent places that would be competent if the need arose, the manager threw up her hands and said "huh, OHS what's that - no restaurants follow those rules - whatever for?
What remains to be said then is this...... IT IS THE LAW - whether we like it or not, whether others do it or not, it is a statutory compliant issue that is governed by the laws of our country for good reason, and it is our corporate responsibility towards staff and clients to be compliant.
Most companies are SARS compliant - WHY? Because if they don't comply SARS is right there, in their face, making them comply. BUT it appears that if it is a "lesser" statutory compliance issue, which the category OHS falls into in their minds, they feel they have the CHOICE of whether to comply or not, just because inspections are not controlled as strictly as SARS controls theirs.
The thing is, IT IS THE LAW and our own integrity should be guiding us in this regard.
Non-compliance in anyway whatsoever can result in a VERY costly exercise, with long term negativity..... it doesn't take rocket science to know this.
To wrap it up then....
ARE YOU STATUTORY COMPLIANT IN EVERYTHING?
THIS SHOULD BE A GOAL,
NOT A PERSONAL CHOICE "SHOULD I OR SHOULDN'T I"