'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.
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:
Higher worker morale
Better work habits
Better worker attitude towards safety
Reduced accident losses
Less unsafe conditions and activities
Improved efficiency and effectiveness.
Conduct these inspections to keep your workplace safer for your employees.
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