Safety 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.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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


  • 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?