Safety and health inspections conducted periodically are an essential element in the control and elimination of hazards at work sites. While a competent and aware workforce is the best ongoing protection against accidents and injuries, inspections can provide a concentrated focus on overlooked hazards and potential problems.
It is important to make sure that everyone involved in a safety inspection knows why it is being conducted and is clear on the inspection’s objectives. Areas of focus for an inspection could include:
- Ensuring compliance with OSHA or other legal requirements
- Motivating the team to make safety on the job a priority
- Identifying areas of undue risk and high loss potential
- Providing safety training
- Reinforcing past training and skill development
- Identifying and developing positive safety attitudes
- Improving job processes and procedures
Safety inspection checklists can help ensure that important issues and elements are not overlooked. The OSHA Handbook for Small Businesses provides a fairly comprehensive collection of checklists, starting on page 15. Effective checklists should address past problems, industry standards and an organization’s already established safety practices and procedures. While checklists can be very helpful, everyone involved in safety and health inspections should be trained to question all potentially unsafe situations in addition to what is specifically on the checklist.
Conducting periodic safety and health inspections is an effective way to reduce or eliminate workplace hazards, provide safety awareness training and ensure workforce commitment to safe work practices.
The OSHA Training Center is offering OTC 308 – Safety Inspection Techniques at its Dublin, California, location on August 31-September 2, 2015. Participants will learn the most commonly used safety inspection standards, tools and techniques, and learn an organized approach to inspecting and auditing projects to insure OSHA compliance and injury prevention.
About the OSHA Training Center
The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industry at its Center in Dublin, California, as well as locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. Programs offered include OSHA safety standards, Outreach Trainer courses, Cal/OSHA standards curriculum, environmental courses and customized on-site safety training. For more information, including a complete course schedule, visit the OSHA Training Center website or call (866) 936-OSHA (6742).