Workplace Inspections Toolbox Talk

Learn about work area hazards and why regular jobsite inspections are so important for safety.

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Workplace Inspections Safety Talk

When it comes to safety in the workplace, it is necessary to do inspections. As part of the prep for the workday, all areas need inspecting before the day begins. It is a good idea to have inspections done every couple of hours throughout the day. At the end of the day, before the workday is over, a thorough inspection needs to be done.

Why You Should Inspect Areas Regularly

The main reason areas need inspecting is to make sure work is always done as safely as possible. Inspections should not be taken lightly. Hazards should be immediately taken care of to avoid problems. The issue that has arisen needs resolved before any workers continue their jobs.

Work Area Hazards

When you are working on a construction site, hazards are a big problem. Safety is the number one key to pay attention to. Eliminating all hazards that are present is the only way to avoid a work-related injury. Some of the hazards that can present themselves are:

  • Objects
  • People
  • Equipment
  • Animals
  • There are going to be people, objects, and equipment in most work areas. By removing the unnecessary ones will help to avoid problems. Only the people, objects, and equipment that is needed at that very time should be there. This will get rid of the chances for unnecessary injuries happening due to it being crowded.

    Biological Hazards

    When you work outdoors, you are not only subject to the weather. You are also going to be around all the outdoor bugs and insects. There are many different insects that can cause harm to you when you are bitten by them. Some such as:

  • Spiders
  • Ticks
  • Snakes
  • These types of insects can be a problem to you when they carry diseases or poisons. They can cause you to experience illnesses, allergic reactions, and even long-lasting problems. Not to mention, they are extremely distracting when flying around you. Which can cause you to lose focus on what you are doing and get injured.

    Focus on Inspections

    The task of doing an inspection is one that needs to be done thoroughly. If you are not completely aware and observant, you can miss important aspects. There are a lot of different types of hazards that you can find on a construction site, some such as:

  • Fire hazards
  • Broken tools
  • Missing guards for equipment
  • Outlet problems
  • Missing labels
  • Faulty equipment
  • Housekeeping issues
  • Electrical cord problems
  • Sharp objects
  • While these are only a few of the most commonly found ones, there are many more that can happen. Make sure that when you are performing an inspection that you are doing it thoroughly. When you locate a problem, fix it right then. You should never leave a hazard unattended.

    Don’t Rely on PPE

    Personal protective equipment is a great thing to have available to you. All crew members should wear it at the appropriate times. It is designed to protect you according to what job you are performing. Many people forget that it is not the only source of protection that you have.

    You should never ignore safety hazards because you are wearing PPE. Following safety guidelines and rules is the number one way to keep you safe while working. Your protective gear is there as a backup, not as your sole form of protection. Some common types of PPE are:

  • Earplugs
  • Steel toe boots
  • Safety vests
  • Coveralls
  • Hard hats
  • Work gloves
  • Face shield
  • Rubber gloves
  • Harnesses
  • Eye protection
  • Types of Hazards

    Work area hazards can vary widely depending on the type of work that you are doing. On a construction site, you could be dealing with many different scenarios. Chemicals could be present or other situations that need extreme caution. Some of the main types of hazards that should be regularly inspected are: chemicalphycological physical biologicalergonomical safety

    These are the areas that should be paid close attention to when doing inspections. When you are looking around and checking for safety, think about these 6 topics. The areas that you are inspecting should be able to pass all these areas.

    Examples of Hazards on a Construction Site

    The reason it is so important to perform regular inspections is for the safety of all workers. Sometimes, the outcome of a problem doesn’t only affect you. It can present harm to others around you as well. Some of the many hazards that are present are:

  • Collapsing trenches
  • Manual lifting
  • Manual handling
  • Working at high levels
  • Noise
  • Slips
  • Trips
  • Falls
  • Asbestos
  • Moving heavy equipment
  • Falling equipment
  • Inspections performed regularly will help keep everyone on the worksite safe. Pay attention and make hazards known. It is the only way to work safely and effectively.

    How Often Are Inspections Performed

    The crew needs to do daily inspections to make sure everyone is working in a safe environment at all times. At the start of the day, throughout it, and at the end of the day. This is going to help keep yourself and the other workers safe.

    Monthly inspections will be done to ensure safety regulations are being followed. Documentation will be made to keep a record of the results. A health and safety representative from the state will come and perform these.

    The Importance of Site Inspections

    Regular site inspections are important to prevent injuries and illnesses from happening. It can be very easy to be complacent in your job and let things relax on safety precautions. When things become this way, it opens up the doors for accidents to happen. It can also result in more costs for tools, materials, and equipment when things are not well taken care of.

    When regular inspections are conducted, it can help you to stay on track. Part of these inspections is checking to make sure areas are kept clean and organized. Inspections will be done on the tools that are being used as well as the heavy equipment. To make sure that everything is safe for use.

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