One way to identify hazards and ensure your workplace is safe is to conduct workplace safety inspections.
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), health and safety committee members are the best enabled to conduct these safety inspections. Members of the inspection team should also have knowledge of regulations and procedures, knowledge of potential hazards and experience with the work procedures involved.
How often should you conduct a workplace safety inspection? The answer will vary from workplace to workplace. These are some factors that will determine how often you should conduct your safety inspection:
- The frequency of planned formal inspections may be set in your legislation
- Past accident/incident records
- Number and size of different work operations
- Type of equipment and work processes. Those that are hazardous or potentially hazardous may require more regular inspections.
- Number of shifts. The activity of every shift may vary
- New Processes or machinery
The hazards that are identified should be assigned a priority level for getting them remedied (such as Major requiring immediate action, Serious requiring short-term action and Minor requiring long-term action).
Regular safety inspections can only help make your workplace safer in the long run. Do you already conduct regular inspections or is this something you need to start?
Need help getting started? Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit www.seton.ca and we can help answer any safety product questions you may have.