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What you need to know about pre-use and post-use health and safety inspections

by , 19 February 2014
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) mentions pre-use and post-use health and safety inspections. Continue reading to find out more about these inspections so you can comply.

Last week, we were shocked to discover that health and safety audits weren't carried on Tongaat mall site.

It's for this reason that we've decided to put the spotlight on inspections in the workplace today.

After al, health and safety inspections and audits go hand in hands because they both allow you to identify hazards and then correct what's going wrong.

For the purposes of this article, we'll focus on pre-use and post-use health and safety inspections.

Pre-use and post-use health and safety inspections explained

The Health & Safety Advisor says employees who use equipment, operate driven machinery or transport goods long and short distance must perform these inspections.

Make sure your employees use a checklist for these inspections.

They must complete an inspection before using the equipment or driving the machinery or vehicle and must also do another inspection after they've finished.

So if, for example, your employee uses the machinery and equipment at different times in any one day, and he's the only person using it, he's the only one who needs to do an inspection at the beginning of his shift and at the end of the shift.

But, if different workers use the same equipment and machinery during the day, each worker must do this inspection whenever they use the equipment and machinery.

Read on for a list of some of the equipment and machinery you need to do pre-use and post-use health and safety inspections on...

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It's a legal requirement. You must identify hazards and assess risks in your company

Do you know how to compile a risk assessment?

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Here's a list of some of the equipment and machinery you need to do pre-use and post-use health and safety inspections on:

  • Lifting equipment
  • Forklifts, Stackers, Turret trucks, etc.
  • Welding equipment
  • Grinding equipment
  • Scissor lifts
  • Powered pallet jacks

Tell your employees that if they find faults on the equipment, machinery or vehicle, they must report the problem to their supervisors or managers immediately. And they mustn't use the machinery until you've done repairs.

Remember, doing inspections is an OHSA requirement. Make sure you comply now that you know all about pre-use and post-use health and safety inspections.

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