InTents December 2023-January 2024 - 38

business | Safety
Safety inspections
Regularly scheduled walkthroughs are vital to identifying
and correcting workplace hazards.
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his article provides guidance on conducting
workplace safety inspections
for safety officers and other workers who
are assigned responsibility for safety but
do so in addition to their regular assignments.
Workplace inspections are an important
tool for identifying hazards and
resolving them. Set up a schedule to inspect
the workplace on a regular basis-
perhaps conduct weekly walk-arounds on
construction sites and monthly inspections
in other types of facilities.
Pre-inspection activities
Preparation is important prior to starting
an inspection. Take the time to familiarize
yourself with workplace operations and
the hazards that have been previously
identified. Be prepared to gather and
document additional information from
conversations with workers. Where
available, review prior inspection reports,
injury and workers compensation
records, incident investigation reports,
and recent near-miss incidents. Use these
to familiarize yourself with the most
hazardous work areas, tasks or activities.
Focus your inspections on areas where
hazards have been identified and see if
previously identified hazards have been
abated or if further action is needed.
Gather workplace inspection checklists
from the internet or other published
sources. These can provide an organizing
framework for your inspection.
OSHA's Small Business Handbook (osha.
gov/Publications/smallbusiness/smallbusiness.html)
contains self-inspection
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checklists addressing many general industry
hazards, and OSHA's Construction
Pocket Guide (osha.gov/Publications/
osha3252.pdf) contains checklists for
construction.
Review the checklists, pick the best
items for your workplace and modify them
as needed. After you have conducted a few
inspections, you may want to develop
more tailored checklists for different areas
of the facility. Determine what personal
protective equipment (PPE) you will need
to conduct inspections in all areas. As a collateral
duty safety officer, it is important
that you lead by example and be prepared
to use all necessary PPE, be aware of any
posted safety warning signs, and follow
safety procedures when you are conducting
the inspection. Be safe; don't expose
yourself to hazards during an inspection.
On-site inspection activities
The goal of workplace inspections is to
develop a comprehensive list of hazards
and to prioritize them for control.
The strategies for achieving this goal
recognize the reality that no single person
is capable of identifying all hazards
or determining appropriate controls.
When you develop relationships and
build trust with workers, the chances of
success in preventing injuries, illnesses
and fatalities will increase.
For fixed worksites such as a manufacturing
facility, one effective method for
conducting a wall-to-wall inspection is to
start at the receiving area where materials
enter, follow the materials through the
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