Inspect to Protect: Keep your Workplace Safe

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Inspections play a crucial role in ensuring safety across various industries and settings. By making an active effort to reduce risks and enhance safety measures, leadership shows their employees that they care. In return, employees are motivated to do their part by playing an active role in safety measures. Today, we will discuss the importance of planned inspections and how they contribute to the overall morale and culture of your organization while decreasing loss exposures.  

Planned inspections 

A planned inspection is defined by The Government of Alberta as “a planned, systematic evaluation or examination of an operation, activity or workplace that checks or tests against established standards to identify hazards and to recommend corrective actions.” The goal of a planned inspection is to take a proactive approach to assess risks before an incident occurs. Planning regular inspections can ensure businesses avoid experiencing an accident or loss before the necessary steps can be made. 

Informal vs. planned inspections 

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 before they become safety hazards.  

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

“Under Part II of the Canada Labour Code, employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of any person in their employ or to whom they provide access to the work places they are responsible for. The Code also enumerates a series of specific obligations that employers must meet.” –Government of Canada 

Benefits of planned inspections 

There are a variety of reasons why planned inspections play an essential role to safety. 

  1. Prevention of accidents: regular inspections help identify risks before an incident occurs. 
  2. Compliance with regulations: compliance is not only a legal requirement but is an essential part to creating a safe workplace. 
  3. Equipment maintenance: proper maintenance ensures that tools and machines are in good working condition, which reduces accidents. 
  4. Identify unsafe conditions: identifying and addressing unsafe conditions ahead of time helps enhance overall safety for workers. 
  5. Employee awareness and training: reinforce safety awareness among employees and promote an environment where education and training is valued. 
  6. Risk management: managing risk is vital for minimizing the likelihood and impact of accidents or incidents in the workplace. 
  7. Increased productivity: when workers feel safe, they are likely to be more productive and engaged in their tasks. 
  8. Cost saving: investing in regular safety inspections can lead to long-term financial savings. 
  9. Reputation maintenance: be a leader in your industry and uphold your positive image with the public and within your organization. 

Inspections are crucial to the health and safety of people, equipment, and the environment. Is your organization doing its part to ensure that inspections are practiced on a regular basis and at pre-planned intervals? If not, we highly recommend you start.  

There are great benefits to incorporating inspections into your overall safety program, and DF Safety would love the opportunity to work with you