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Have you conducted these four health and safety inspections?

by , 17 February 2014
Section 8.1 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to conduct health and safety inspections in your workplace. Here are the four types of inspections you must do...

'You must conduct inspections to identify hazards and risks and to protect your workers, plant and machinery from potential loss,' says the Health & Safety Advisor.

There are four common inspections you need to conduct in your workplace

Workplace inspections consist of two types of inspections, says Louise Harty of Risk Assessment: The 100% legally compliant risk assessment toolkit. These are:

#1: Formal inspections; and

#2: Informal inspections.

Check out this article as we give more details regarding these two inspections.

But that's not all there is to inspections. You must also do:

#3: Tours

Your senior or middle management must conduct these inspections. The inspection must walk through your company and talk to employees during this inspection. The focus must be on health and safety issues that the workers mention.

Who should carry out this inspection?

  • Your supervisors;
  • Health and safety officers; and
  • Health and safety appointees (for example, health and safety staff, health and safety committee members and occupational health nurse).

Members of the team must take notes during the inspection for discussion afterwards.

Their notes must be on health, safety, employee issues and housekeeping.

#4: Housekeeping inspections

Your Health and Safety officer must do a monthly housekeeping inspection.

By keeping your work area clean, neat and tidy, you'll achieve the following six results:

  1. Higher worker morale
  2. Better work habits
  3. Better worker attitude towards safety
  4. Reduced accident losses
  5. Less unsafe conditions and activities
  6. Improved efficiency and effectiveness

That said; you must encourage all your employees to continually perform housekeeping inspections. After all, health and safety is everyone's responsibility. And as the Health& Safety Advisor puts it, your company's housekeeping motto should be: 'A place for everything, and everything in its place, ALWAYS'.

Keep in mind that it's not just Health and Safety officers who must do housekeeping inspections, supervisors or managers must do them as well.

They must use the inspection results from the Health and Safety officers for this or results from informal inspections.

Lookout for part two of this article where we'll give you additional inspections you must conduct in your workplace.

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