Safety Inspection

CONDUCTING AN INSPECTION

  • review the previous inspection report for the area to be inspected, and compile a check list of common hazards and their locations as an inspection guide before you start. Take a copy of the report on the inspection to check if any items are still uncorrected.
  • familiarize yourself with the area and its related fire, health and safety problems before you inspect.
  • learn which jobs (critical jobs) in the area have been associated with a high accident frequency or have a high potential for severe loss.
  • look for off-the-floor items, as well as those on-the-floor; be methodical and thorough.
  • clearly describe each hazard and its exact location in your rough notes. Don't try to remember any questions or details. Write them down for reference.
  • prepare your official inspection report. If report is hand-written, write clearly.
  • check and review work and instruction areas for WHMIS compliance regarding MSDS and labeling requirements.

COMPLETING AN INSPECTION REPORT

  • enter name of department of area inspected, date and inspector's name on top of each inspection page.
  • number each item consecutively, followed by hazard classification of items.
  • leave space after each item for recording remedial action at later date.
  • copy all items (uncorrected) from previous report first on the new report. Place an asterisk in front of each carry-over item number and date of initial detection after each item: e.g., *1A, guard missing on shear blade no. 2 machine, s.w. corner bldg. "D" (20 apr 79).
  • list each undesired practice and/or condition next and evaluate its hazard severity.
  • Submit completed report to immediate supervisor and a copy to Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator.

Definition of Class of Hazard

Class A: Imminent hazards requiring immediate corrective action.
Class B: Hazardous conditions and activities which are not imminently dangerous but which should be attnded to as soon as possible.
Class C:
Low hazards. Generally does not include machinery with moving parts. "Fix-it" items.


REMEDIAL ACTION should be completed as soon as possible. Apply these guidelines to expedite correction of the hazardous conditions.

  • give remedial action priority to hazards with more severe loss potential.
  • be persistent and regular in your remedial follow-up. Consult your superviser for help whenever necessary.
  • when remedy is beyond your control, obtain target dates for correction. Use hazard classification to motivate correction.
  • write a detailed explanation of the hazard and its potential loss severity as justification for any action requiring a major expenditure and forward it to the person most responsible for corrective action.
  • encourage responsible persons to take permanent corrective action (repetitive remedy is costly).
  • make sure intermediate (temporary) safety measures are taken whenever permanent or complete remedy will require additional time.
  • periodically follow-up on all open items to evaluate remedial progress.
  • make sure all reports are properly filed and maintained for record purposes.

INSPECTION CHECK SHEET

A suggested work sheet is included on page 44 to assist you in your inspection. The Safety Office will provide detailed instruction to Safety Committees and employees on inspection procedures.

CHECKLIST FOR COMMON UNSAFE ACTS

  • operating machinery or using tools, appliances, or other equipment without authority
  • working at unsafe speeds - running
  • removing or rendering guards ineffective
  • using defective tools or equipment
  • incorrect use of tools
  • poor material handling practices
  • standing in hazardous locations
  • failure to lock-out or de-energize
  • distraction by other workers or conditions
  • neglecting to wear personal protective equipment
  • poor housekeeping
  • horseplay

WHEN CHECKING FIRE PROTECTION, LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING

  • nature and condition of fire fighting equipment
  • is new fire fighting equipment needed?
  • access to and egress from buildings in the event of fire
  • are workers aware of what to do in case of fire?