Health, Safety & Environmental Site Inspections
Health and safety inspections are a necessary part of any organisation. Performing thorough checks on a regular basis allows you to identify and control potential hazards and ensure employees and other individuals are not put at risk.
We carry out full health and safety inspections of the physical aspects of your premises, as well as your on-site documentation.
Full reports are produced that detail:
Observations made and hazards identified
Level of risk (High, Medium or Low)
Any recommendations necessary to ensure ongoing legal compliance
Construction sites can be hazardous environments, so to mitigate risk, safety inspections can be combined with toolbox talks. These talks provide additional evidence that an employer is fulfilling legal obligations to give employees and subcontractors information and training to protect their wellbeing.
Our inspection service can also be covered as part of our general advisory services.
To find out more or to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our health and safety experts, contact us today.
Safety Inspections What are they?
Inspections are a way of systematically checking that your working environment and procedures are meeting the required standards. An inspection should identify hazards and be your first step in introducing measures to improve conditions. They can be formal, informal, recorded or unrecorded, but what is important is that they are carried out to a set standard at an appropriate frequency.
Why are they important?
Inspections are a vital element of any safety management system. They should be used to determine whether you are meeting the standards you have set for your workplace and work activities. They are important because if they are carried out effectively, they allow you to identify and remedy problems before they become more serious or result in an incident or accident.
Some inspections are required by law – most people will be familiar with the need for an annual inspection and safety check on gas boilers. Examples of other statutory inspections that should be carried out by a competent person include equipment such as lifting equipment, local exhaust ventilation and pressure vessels.
What can be done?
Inspections can be carried out for a number of reasons. They can be used to:
check safe conditions
identify hazardous conditions and
allow you to put in place remedial measures to improve matters
Before having and inspection carried out you need to decide what your aims are. The inspection must have a purpose. Decide what needs to be inspected, how often it needs to be inspected, what specific items or areas need inspecting and what standard you are looking for. Your standard may be determined by anything from a legal requirement or local needs.
inspections might include looking for unsafe conditions and unsafe acts. Unsafe conditions might include damage to floors and faulty or broken equipment. Unsafe acts could include failure to wear PPE or failure to work in accordance with safe procedures.
If you carry out monthly inspections and never encounter a problem you might then be able to change this and carry out the inspection on a two- or three-monthly cycle. If every inspection indicates a problem you might need to carry out inspections more frequently.
It is useful to read through previous inspection reports to see whether any issues have been identified in the past and check whether these have been fixed. In addition, you may also need to link with any relevant risk assessments, if the issues found at the inspection suggest work procedures, etc. need to be changed.