Blog

Find it and Fix it

…before someone gets hurt!

Commit to developing a safety and health self-inspection program.

Self-inspection programs are an excellent injury prevention strategy. The process is simple, routinely inspecting the workplace, identifying exiting and potential hazards, and documenting/managing a corrective action plan.

It’s not something you only do once a year though; this is an ongoing routine process of identifying hazards and implementing systems and procedures to reduce the risk of a loss. It’s important to keep in mind when conducting self-inspections to not only be looking at the physical conditions, but to also observe the work practices of the employees to identify areas of improvement, for example; looking at potential ergonomic loss sources related to lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, repetitive motion, etc.

It is recommended that self-inspections are documented. This documentation demonstrates your good faith to continually improve your injury prevention efforts and aids in tracking items noted to completion. Often these inspection reports are reviewed and discussed at safety committee meetings.

Even if you currently have a self-inspection program, it’s encouraged to review the system periodically to look for areas of improvement opportunity. This is often a function of the organization’s safety committee.

Don’t forget to educate everyone including managers, supervisors, and employees to understand and identify hazards, and what action steps to take when a hazard is identified.

There are numerous sample self-inspection checklists available online to use as a guide to aid in the inspection process. Click here to find the link to a template checklist. Feel free to customize it to suit the exposures at your organization.

Your Loss Prevention Consultant from The Lawson Group would be happy to assist you in establishing an effective self-inspection program. Let us know how we can help!

Recent Articles

View All

Myths About Mold: It’s Not as Simple as You Might Believe

The Number One Complaint The number one complaint that we get on indoor air quality is mold; however, we rarely find that mold is actually the source of the problem. The reason for the discrepancy between perception and reality is that there are still a lot of myths about where mold comes from, why it’s […]

Read more

Addressing Indoor Air Quality: Listen, Learn, Act

The Usual Suspects Oftentimes, we hear complaints from customers who believe their indoor air problem is mold-related, but we hardly ever find mold at levels that would cause problems for employees. We usually find that the most common culprits behind employee discomfort are poorly maintained ventilation systems, inadequate building sanitation, and construction-related debris. In buildings […]

Read more

Innovative Material Handling Technology

A few years ago, Bensonwood made the proactive decision to install three high-powered vacuum tube lifting systems in their workshop in Walpole. “Handling sheet goods had been the toughest ergonomic challenge we faced on the shop floor,” said Dennis Marcom, Safety Director at Bensonwood. Depending on the material, the vacuum lift system allows workers to […]

Read more

How Setting Realistic Goals Can Benefit Your Wellness Program

If you choose to begin your wellness program by utilizing a health risk assessment to get a baseline valuation of your population’s health level, you’re probably going to find, like we have in the hundreds of companies where we’ve done it, that you’ll have two groups of people: those who are smokers, and those who […]

Read more