A safety inspection is a formalized and properly documented process of identifying hazards in the workplace. It is also known as a safety audit. A safety inspection is an on-site walk through to identify potential hazards to occupants and personnel and options for remedial action. Safety inspections are also important for property insurance issues.
Purpose of safety inspection
- assess the safety of current activities in the workplace
- look for opportunities to improve the current OHS systems
- identify immediate or potential hazards
- provide feedback on good safety practices
- respond immediately to any unsafe situation or activity
- demonstrate that management are serious about improving safety for all employees
How to conduct safety inspection
The inspector or the inspection team needs to walk through the area that is subject to the inspection and observe the following for good safety practices and where to improve safety performance:
1.Plant – examine the plant/machinery operating at the site.
- Building – examine the building and the land it sits on for things, e.g. protruding building structures, loading ramps, doors that open onto traffic, unventilated areas that require ventilation or structural fatigue or damage to the building structure that could lead to collapse.
- Structures– examine the internal and external structures of the site, e.g. fencing, rails, walkways, etc.
- Equipment– examine equipment used on the site, e.g. power tools, pumps, lifting apparatus.
- Machine guarding – examine all plant and machinery to ensure that risk points for injury, e.g. blades on saws, nip points in machinery or other crush or entanglement risks are mechanically guarded to prevent injury
- Materials used– examine the materials used to construct, make, treat or otherwise assist in the work environment. This may range from glass to chemicals.
- Work practices– examine how employees are working, e.g. workplace ergonomics, manual handling and lifting.
- Housekeeping– examines how we keep our work site, e.g. extension cords across work areas leading to trip or electrocution risk, rubbish stored in front of exit doors, waste or substances upon walk areas that lead to slips, etc.
- Use of PPE– examine the site to ensure employees, visitors or other people attending the site are wearing appropriate PPE.
- Mobile plant/pedestrian interaction– examine the site for the places that people and vehicles share.
- Emergency arrangements– examine the structures and process that permit the safety of employees in the event of an emergency, e.g. fire, chemical spill or other unexpected event that places the employees at risk
What to include in the inspection report
- The names of the people conducting the inspection.
- The date and locations of work areas and/or tasks inspected.
- All positive and negative findings.
- Details of any shortcomings discovered and their location.
- An assessment of the significance of any shortcomings discovered.
- Recommendations for remedial action with priorities and timelines.
- The names of the individuals responsible for carrying out each remedial action.
Workplace inspections help prevent incidents, injuries and illnesses. Through a critical examination of the workplace, inspections help to identify and record hazards for corrective action. At Safety Max Solutions LTD, we conduct a critical and thorough examination of the workplace. You can make an inquiry via www.safetymaxsolutions.co.ke or email firstname.lastname@example.org