Understanding and Achieving the Ideal Safety Inspections: Part 2

Understanding and Achieving the Ideal Safety Inspections: Part 2

21st January 2021

In the first part of this topic, we learned about what ideal safety inspection is, when and how to conduct ideal inspections, and why employee involvement is very important. Today, we’re going to look at the ultimate ideal inspection checklist that you can consider during your safety inspections. Please read on.

  1. General Storage and Housekeeping

General storage and housekeeping practices are essential to prevent common avoidable workplace injuries and property damage. Consider the following during your inspection:

  • Check whether work areas are clean, neat, and orderly.
  • Ensure lighting is adequate across the workplace.
  • Ensure working and walking floors are free of slipping and tripping hazards.
  • Ensure all aisles are kept clear.
  • Check whether the ventilation system is operating properly.
  • Check whether appropriate warning signs are posted where necessary. Are the employees obeying these signs?
  • Check whether step units and stairways are kept clean, clear, and well-lit.
  • Ensure all supplies and materials are stored properly.
  • Ensure waste material is placed in proper containers and properly disposed of.
  1. Equipment and Machinery

Equipment and machinery malfunction can result in severe injuries, damage, or worse, death. Ideal inspection can help detect and fix issues early enough to prevent them from worsening. Below is an equipment and machinery inspection list that you can use during your checks:

  • Check whether the equipment and machines are properly cleaned and well-lubricated.
  • Check whether electrical wires, cords, and plugs are well-protected and in good condition.
  • Check if the machines have been equipped with necessary safety devices and guards. Are these devices operating properly?
  • Ensure any equipment and machine maintenance and repairs are conducted only by qualified personnel.
  • Check whether relevant lockout/tagout procedures are being followed during equipment and machine maintenance and repairs.
  1. Fire Prevention

Fire accidents are common in most manufacturing industries, especially where flammable materials, products, or waste are being handled. Is your workplace taking the correct measures of fire prevention? An ideal inspection will be able to tell you whether you’ve taken proper fire prevention measures or not. Pay attention to the following items during your inspection:

  • Check whether all flammable materials, products and waste have been stored or disposed of properly.
  • Ensure alarms are available and working properly.
  • Ensure there are enough fire extinguishers and that they’re fully charged and ready to use.
  • Ensure “No Smoking” signs are clear and posted in appropriate areas. Smoking zones should be designed in fire-safe areas if necessary.
  • Check whether all fire emergency exits are labelled, open, and accessible.
  • Check whether sprinkler systems are not blocked by stacked materials and are operating properly.
  1. Emergency Preparedness

Some workplace incidents can be inevitable. You need to be prepared for different kinds of emergencies to prevent the incidents from happening or reduce the consequences to a minimum. Consider the following when assessing the effectiveness of your emergency preparation plan (EPM):

  • Check whether sufficient first-aid supplies are available and in easily accessible locations across the workplace.
  • Check whether the employees have been trained on how to perform basic first-aid to stabilise the situation.
  • Ensure all emergency exits and routes have been clearly marked and all the workers have been informed about these exits.
  • Ensure all emergency numbers have been posted by telephones strategically placed across the workplace.
  • Check whether emergency showers and eyewash stations are available if required and ensure they’re in good working condition.