Building and workplace inspections are a key factor in protecting your team members and community from injuries, incidents, and illnesses. When you examine an area, you can better identify hazards and recommend corrective actions. However, many people don’t really know what to look for when performing an inspection, so we’ve put together a few tips to help out:
- Who, What, Where, When, How: Who is using the space? What items are you inspecting? Where is the location and how does that affect item usage? When does this item come into play? How is it being used? All of these are excellent questions to be thinking about when visiting an area, because they coincide with common workplace elements like people and equipment.
- Chemical Hazards: If there are any special chemical items in the environment, it is a good idea to make sure everything is labeled and stored in a safe and secure place. You may also want to check to see that it is being used only by authorized personnel with appropriate protective gear.
- Psychosocial Hazards: These are aspects of work that have the potential to cause harm such as fatigue, mental stress, burnout, bullying etc. The last thing you want is for your workplace to have a negative effect on health and wellbeing.
If the working environment is safe, and employees are following proper protocols, the likelihood of a workplace injury occurring decreases significantly. However, if you are not performing proper inspections, you can be held liable for any incidents that occur in your business. That is why employers have an obligation to provide a safe space by taking the necessary steps to address any potential hazards. For help with regularly scheduled inspections, preventive maintenance, or management plans, contact us at 210-495-1950 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org