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What every health and safety officer needs to know about ergonomic and regulatory inspections

by , 21 February 2014
If you think you only have to do preventative maintenance, critical parts and formal inspections you're wrong. You also have to conduct ergonomic and regulatory inspections. Continue reading to find out more about these two inspections.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to do ergonomic and regulatory inspections.

But what exactly is an ergonomic inspection?

The Health & Safety Advisor explains that this inspection is based on the worker/equipment interactions (how far a worker has to bend or stretch to operate the equipment).

You'll focus the inspection on the wellbeing of your workers, their comfort while doing their work and their health and safety.

You must inspect and evaluate things like:

  • Noise
  • Repetitive movement
  • Manual lifting
  • Heat or cold
  • Illumination (lighting)
  • Posture (while sitting or bending)
  • Physical exertion.

Now that you know about ergonomic inspections, let's take a look at regulatory inspections.

What you need to know about regulatory inspections

You have to inspect certain types of machinery and equipment, at regular prescribed time periods. This is what's known as a regulatory inspection.

And during one, you need to look at machines that include:

  • Cranes (Section 18, Driven Machinery Regulations)
  • Radio-active equipment (Section 6, Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations)
  • Boilers (Section 13, Vessels Under Pressure Regulations)
  • Major hazardous installations (Section 5, Major Hazardous Installations Regulations)

Please note that regulatory inspections must be done by experts who are qualified and certified to perform these inspections.

Remember, 'workplace inspections help prevent injuries and illnesses. Through critical examination of the workplace, inspections identify and record hazards for corrective action,' says the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety.

So make sure you conduct ergonomic and regulatory inspections to protect your workers. Also checkout this article, it contains four other health and safety inspections you must conduct.

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