Inspections help identify unsafe conditions and work practices so that they can be eliminated or controlled before an incident/accident occurs. Regular inspections are also an opportunity to identify, evaluate, improve and promote components of your workplace safety program.
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Managers are responsible for ensuring that regular workplace inspections take place, to identify unsafe conditions and work practices. The following places, tools and practices will be inspected:
The level of hazard determines the frequency of inspections. For example, an office environment is usually inspected four times a year while inspections may take place monthly at a workplace with a higher hazard rating such as a warehouse. In a large workplace, inspections may be divided up, with sections inspected monthly.
If your inspections are turning up a lot of hazards it is time to increase how often you inspect.
All planned inspections must include employer and worker representatives, usually members of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC). Other employees or inspectors may be present if additional expertise is required. The inspection team should be knowledgeable about
Once identified, unsafe conditions or work practices must be eliminated or controlled. Once the hazard has been corrected, follow-up is the final step in ensuring the controls have been effective. Supervisors will communicate to all staff the results of the inspection and steps taken to mitigate hazards.
Inspection records/reports are important. Past inspection records show what hazards have been identified. They also show what areas the inspection team concentrated on and what areas it did and did not inspect. Inspection reports should clearly describe findings and identify recommended corrective actions. Keep inspection reports for at least three years.
Sample inspection resources:
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