Safety inspections can be very effective in providing a systematic method for companies to eliminate workplace hazards. The most effective inspections are done by employees familiar with the workplace, task or job, or by a supervisor and an employee from the area working together.
When conducting a safety inspection, it’s important to look at the organization’s entire safety program, including processes, equipment, workplace environment, employee training and emergency plans. Follow-up on the findings of safety inspections is critical, including developing a correction for each problem, setting a deadline for the corrections and reviewing inspection reports for trends, persistent problems and factors contributing to problems.
Conducting periodic safety inspections helps ensure everyone’s commitment to safe work practices by raising safety awareness to minimize workplace hazards.