Perform safety inspections at least once a year
To help avoid workplace accidents, all businesses should conduct periodic safety inspections at least once a year. The purpose is to identify potential hazards with time to correct them before an accident happens.
Start by reviewing your past accident history. It will give you a good indication of hazards you should take special precautions to avoid. Make a list of those hazards to re-check as you do your safety inspection. Note that the “hazard” may also involve lack of employee training or at-risk behaviors to be addressed.
As you walk through your facility, take adequate time and be thorough, making detailed examination of all items that appear on your inspection checklist. Many hazards can be corrected during the walk-through. Some items on your checklist may involve action items such as providing additional employee training on equipment and tools.
The product of your walk-through should be a record of items that did not meet safety standards and defects that need to be corrected. Record your findings on your checklist, then make a separate list of action items on which to start. You can find a sample check list in the Retail Association Services’ Safety Library that you can modify to fit your business needs.
If you have questions about L&I codes, contact Rick Means, WRA’s Safety Specialist.
WRA employs Rick who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 18 or firstname.lastname@example.org.