Safety Inspection Tips

Safety InspectionWorkplace safety inspections are an effective method of hazard control and can provide a systematic method for companies to involve supervisors, employees, safety coordinators and/or safety committees in the process of eliminating workplace hazards.

What to include

When conducting a safety inspection, it’s important to look at the organization’s entire safety program, including:

  • Processes
  • Equipment
  • Workplace environment
  • Employee training
  • Emergency plans

How often?

Safety inspections should be conducted at least every six months.

Who conducts the safety inspections?

The most effective inspections are done by employees familiar with the workplace, task or job. One suggestion is to have a supervisor and an employee from the area work together.

Handling inspection findings

Follow-up on the findings of safety inspections is critical, including:

  • Developing a correction for each problem
  • Setting a deadline for the corrections
  • Reviewing inspection reports for trends, persistent problems and factors contributing to problems

Conducting periodic safety inspections is an excellent way to ensure everyone’s commitment to safe work practices, provide practical training in safety awareness and minimize workplace hazards.

The OSHA Training Center is offering OTC 308 – Safety Inspection Techniques at its Dublin, California, location in April and August.

About the OSHA Training Center

The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality Occupational Safety & Health Administration 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).


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  2. Very useful information, thanks for sharing. Safety should be number 1 priority, especially at workplaces that involve big machines and equipment. I agree with you, not only the equipment should be inspected, but also processes, training programs and emergency plans!

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  4. I really am glad that our workplaces are so much more efficient nowadays. However, for a lot of places, efficiency means a lot of machines, and that means a higher risk of danger. The bi-yearly safety inspections you talked about are really important to keep everyone working with these machines safe.

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