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When a DoL inspector checks your equipment, he'll look for these four things

by , 08 October 2014
An inspector from the DoL will check every aspect of your business when he pays you a visit. He'll pay special attention to the condition of your workplace and equipment to ensure they don't put your employees in danger.

But what exactly does the inspector look for when he checks your equipment?

Read on to discover four things he'll look for so he doesn't find anything wrong with your equipment. After all, if you know what he's looking for, you can ensure your equipment passes his scrutiny.


The DoL inspector will look for these four things when he checks your equipment

1. He'll check to see if all the parts of your equipment work properly and don't pose dangers such as sparking or overheating.
This is important because if he finds that you haven't maintained your equipment he'll instruct you to take measures to remove or reduce the risks your equipment poses.
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If you operate any machinery in your workplace, GMR Schedule D or C must be in clear view for employees to see. This will be the first thing the inspector will look out for when he's paying an unscheduled visit to your workplace.  If you are missing these summaries, he will slap you with a fine. Don't get caught without them. 
2. Next, he'll check any additional safety measures you put in place. These could be something as simple as erecting glass screens to protect your employees against sparks from a piece of equipment. 
He'll want to see how effective the safety measures are and if they keep your employees safe. 
3. He'll check the working procedures for your equipment. These are the rules and instructions you give your employees on how to use the equipment safely. 
4. Lastly, he'll check for warning signs to inform employees and visitors of the dangers of the piece of equipment. 
These signs should remind employees to put on their correct protective gear when they use the machine. 
Ensure your equipment passes this inspection by doing and having all the right things in place to protect your employees from dangerous equipment.
And remember, you need to do a risk assessment to determine the risks your equipment poses. Use the Risk Assessment Toolkit to ensure you do effective risk assessments every time. 

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