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Have you conducted these three health inspections in your company?

by , 24 July 2013
You must take all necessary measures to ensure your workers are safe when carrying out their duties. And when the Occupational Health and Safety Act talks about 'all necessary measures' it means ANY action you take to ensure you're complying with the law. While there are various ways of doing this, inspections are the most effective way of monitoring and guaranteeing compliance. Here are the three inspections you must conduct in your workplace.

'You must conduct inspections to identify hazards and risks and to protect your workers, plant and machinery from potential loss,' says the Health and Safety Advisor.
But when you conduct inspections, you don't answer questions likeyou would in an H&S audit. You'll check what actually happens in your workplace against documents that define what should happen in your workplace, adds the Advisor.
The benefits of conducting thorough inspections means:
  • You'll quickly identify workplace hazards
  • You'll be able to analyse these hazards
  • You'll be able to analyse the risks attached to these hazards
  • Your corrective actions will be more efficient and effective
  • You and your employees will work in a healthier, safer environment.
So what type of inspections should you conduct?
Three common inspections you must conduct in your workplace
#1: Formal inspections
You must schedule and perform these inspections on a regular basis (preferably once a month). You must include all areas of your work environment (all departments, all machinery and all your operations).
Ensure you properly train department managers as they're the ones who must do these inspections.
#2: Informal inspections
Each of your employees must perform this inspection. They must do this as part of their normal daily routine.
The two areas they must focus on are:
  • Working conditions; and
  • Activities that could result in an incident.
While there's no formal documentation for this type of inspection, your employees must report unsafe conditions.
#3: Housekeeping
Your Health and Safety Representative must do a monthly housekeeping inspection. In addition, you must encourage all your employees to continually perform housekeeping inspections. When your work area is clean, neat and tidy, it makes your worker healthy and safe as well.
Remember, the housekeeping motto is 'A place for everything, and everything in its place, ALWAYS' says the Health and Safety Advisor.
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.
Conduct these inspections to keep your workplace safer for your employees.

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