'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:
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?
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:
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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