Inspect your workplace regularly.
In addition to correcting any hazards that you observe from day to day, set aside time for regular workplace safety inspections. Regular inspections will help you identify hazards so you can assess and control any risks to workers. Inspection is an ongoing task because the workplace is always changing.
When should inspections occur?
You need to inspect your workplace at regular intervals that will prevent the development of unsafe working conditions. In hospitality small businesses this is typically once a month. You also need to inspect your workplace when there has been an accident or when you’ve added a new work process.
Who should conduct them?
Inspections should be conducted by a supervisor and a worker. If possible, the Work Safety Representative (or members of the joint Work Safety Committee) should be involved.
How should they be conducted?
During an inspection, identify unsafe conditions and acts that may cause injury so you can take corrective measures. Follow these guidelines:
Prepare for inspections
Before starting an inspection, follow these guidelines:
Safety inspections should be carried out by a supervisor and a worker.
What should inspections focus on?
There are different ways to approach safety inspections, depending on the objectives of your health and safety program. For example, you can focus on the most common tasks your workers perform or on a specific issue addressed by your program, such as ergonomics. Here are some examples of things to look for:
Safe work procedures
Check whether safe work procedures are being followed. For example, ask whether or not workers:
What should happen after the inspection?
Take action after the inspection. Follow these guidelines:
Forms and checklists required
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For more information on safety inspections, see the Managing Specific Risks and Hazards booklet.
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Get to the root of the problem
For example, if you see a wet floor, ask: Why is the floor wet? Where is the water coming from? How long has it been like that? Possible explanations include:
Fix it right the first time and the problem shouldn’t recur.