Planned Inspections

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When executives, managers, and supervisors make an active effort to reduce risks and enhance safety measures in their organization, they show their employees that they care. In return, employees are motivated to do their part by playing an active role in the program. 

Today we discuss the importance of planned inspections and how they contribute to the overall morale and culture of your organization while decreasing loss exposures. Talk about a win-win situation! 

What are Planned Inspections?

They are a proactive approach to assess risks before an incident presents itself. Proactive is always preferred because if we are not being proactive, we are being reactive, and that means we must experience an incident/loss before we take the necessary steps to make a change. 

Inspections are far more than just looking around for things that are unfavorable. I heard an excellent quote that accurately describes the value behind inspections.  

“To look is one thing. To see what you look at is another. To understand what you see is another. To learn from what you understand is something else. But to act on what you lean is all that really matters.”

– Winston Churchill

If we aren’t taking action to fix the deficiencies, what’s the point in doing them? 

Informal Vs. Planned

Inspections can be placed in two general categories: informal and planned. Informal inspections are done on a regular basis by people who complete their day-to-day activities. As changes occur, the daily inspections can spot many potential problems when conducted properly. 

Housekeeping is crucial and an important part of informal inspections. Cleanliness and order are the goals. Most professionals say, “If you cannot manage the housekeeping of your department, you cannot manage your department”. 

Planned inspections consist of general and risk-based inspections (RBI). General inspections look at anything and everything to point out discrepancies or loss exposures. RBI’s look at different elements or areas most anticipated for loss to occur when damaged, worn, misused, or improperly applied.  

Bottom Line

It all comes down to inspection-detection-correction! It’s as simple as that. Nothing or no one is perfect. Equipment wears out. Conditions are constantly changing. People make mistakes. 

Inspections are crucial to the health and safety of people, equipment, and the environment. So, is your organization doing its part to ensure that inspections are practiced on a regular basis and at pre-planned intervals? If not, I highly recommend you start. There are great benefits to incorporating this concept into your overall safety program.  

Have a great week all!