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UpdatesOct 16, 2013

Are you carrying out enough safety checks of your workplace?

As part of your workplace’s safety management system, you need to have procedures in place to make sure there are checks scheduled and conducted to assess safety measures and identify gaps before they result in injury, illness or damage to anybody in your workplace.

These procedures will involve audits, inspections and reviews to ensure that all aspects of the workplace are assessed for health and safety hazards and risks.

By Joanna Weekes

As part of your workplace’s safety management system, you need to have procedures in place to make sure there are checks scheduled and conducted to assess safety measures and identify gaps before they result in injury, illness or damage to anybody in your workplace.

These procedures will involve audits, inspections and reviews to ensure that all aspects of the workplace are assessed for health and safety hazards and risks.

It is recommended that you aim to have:

Additionally, you should aim to have informal workplace inspections as often as your business can manage.

How often you should conduct audits, inspections and reviews in your workplace will also depend on:

If you find that incident frequency or accident rates (including near misses) are increasing (or not always being recorded) then inspections are not occurring on time or corrective actions are not being completed properly and therefore, the frequency of checks needs to increase.

On the other hand, if all scheduled health and safety activities are being completed in accordance with the safety management system requirements and the number and severity of incidents is reducing, then the frequency of audits, inspections and reviews can be reduced.

Remember, if you are a subscriber to the Health & Safety Handbook, more information on this topic can be found in chapter A2 Audits, Inspections and Reviews.

The next Health & Safety Bulletin will look at the documentation requirements involved with carrying out safety audits, inspections and reviews in your workplace so look out for that in our next bulletin.

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