Eye Spy Potential Risks Thanks to Workplace Inspections
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- Discuss safety with onsite employees and demonstrate your commitment to their well-being
- Listen to the concerns of workers and supervisors
- Gain further understanding of jobs and tasks
- Ensure employees are performing the duty outlined in the job description
- Identify existing and potential hazards
- Determine underlying causes of hazards present
- Monitor hazard controls, such as personal protective equipment, engineering controls, policies, and training
- Recommend corrective actions
Aspects to ExamineWhen inspecting a client's facility, arrive unannounced, so you can see the work environment as it is on a daily basis without being cleaned up prior to your arrival.
Every inspection must examine who, what, where, when and how. Pay particular attention to items most likely to develop unsafe or unhealthy conditions because of stress, wear, impact, vibration, heat, corrosion, chemical reaction or misuse. Inspect the entire workplace area each time and observe travel patterns of employees between equipment. Also, include areas where no work is done regularly, such as parking lots, rest areas, office storage areas and locker rooms.
Workplace ElementsLook at all workplace elements including the environment, equipment and current safety processes in place. Environment hazards are noise, vibration, lighting, temperature, and ventilation. Equipment hazards are comprised of materials, tools and any apparatus used for producing a product or a service. A proper inspection involves how the worker interacts with other elements in a series of tasks or operations. For instance, are the correct tools in use? Are workers standing for prolonged periods of times? Are there job rotations or risky behaviors by fellow employees?
Types of Workplace HazardsTypes of workplace hazards and conditions include:
- Safety hazards through inadequate machine guards
- Biological hazards caused by organisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites
- Chemical hazards caused by a solid, liquid, vapor, gas, dust, fume or mist
- Ergonomic hazards caused by anatomical, physiological, and psychological demands on the worker, such as repetitive and forceful movements, temperature extremes and awkward postures arising from improper work methods and poorly designed workstations, tools, and equipment
- Physical hazards caused by noise, vibration, energy, weather, electricity, radiation and pressure.
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