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Workplace Inspections 


Workplace safety should be every employer's top priority. Regular inspections help identify risks before they cause harm.

When done properly and consistently, these audits protect employees and ensure regulatory compliance. 

The main purpose of workplace inspections is to prioritize the safety and well-being of all individuals within an organization. These inspections serve as a proactive approach to identify hazards, anticipate risks, and prevent accidents before they occur.  

Inspections examine equipment, processes, materials and the facility itself. The goal is to spot issues like: 

  • Faulty electrical systems 
  • Slip/trip/fall hazards 
  • Unguarded machinery 
  • Inadequate fire safety 
  • Lack of proper protective equipment 
  • Poor ventilation 
  • Non-compliance with safety codes 

Experienced inspectors know what specific hazards to check in various work environments. They understand applicable regulations and how to gauge compliance. 

Why are workplace inspections important? 

 Workplace inspections are a proactive measure to ensure safety and prevent potential hazards in the working environment. By conducting inspections regularly, businesses can create a secure and healthy working environment for their employees. 

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Workplace inspection checklist 

When conducting a workplace inspection, it is essential to have a checklist that covers all the important aspects. Here are some key areas to consider: 

  1. Physical environment: Evaluate the condition of floors, stairways, lighting , and ventilation systems.
  2. Emergency preparedness: Check if emergency exits are clear, fire extinguishers are accessible, and evacuation plans are in place.
  3. Machinery and equipment: Inspect the safety features, maintenance records, and proper usage of machinery and equipment.
  4. Chemical and hazardous substances: Ensure proper storage, labeling, and handling of chemicals and hazardous materials.
  5. Personal protective equipment (PPE): Verify if employees have access to and are using appropriate PPE, such as helmets, gloves, and safety goggles.
  6. Ergonomics: Assess the ergonomic setup of workstations to prevent repetitive strain injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.
  7. Electrical safety: Check for exposed wires, overloaded sockets, and proper grounding of electrical equipment.
  8. Housekeeping: Evaluate the cleanliness and organization of the workplace to prevent slips, trips, and falls.
  9. Training and communication: Assess if employees are adequately trained on safety procedures and if there is proper communication regarding safety protocols.

During the process of workplace inspections, our team at Irwin's Safety utilizes a variety of tools and techniques to ensure a comprehensive assessment. We employ infrared cameras to detect hidden electrical issues, noise level meters to monitor sound exposure, and gas detectors to identify any potential leaks or airborne hazards. 

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We perform thorough inspections that provide an accurate assessment of current safety practices and conditions. Our team has extensive training and years of hands-on field experience evaluating workplaces. We utilize checklists customized for each client to methodically evaluate potential risks. 

Our inspection process includes: 

  • Customized checklists based on the client’s industry and facility 
  • A thorough examination of equipment, materials, processes and building condition 
  • Testing of safety mechanisms and protocols 
  • Interviews with staff to spot issues 
  • Detailed reports with photographs documenting findings 

Detailed Report 

Detailed reports explain inspection findings and document recommended corrective actions. We then partner with each business to implement solutions tailored to their situation, resources and long-term safety strategy. Our collaborative approach aims to continuously improve safety systems already in place. 

We provide: 

  • Clear reports 
  • Customized recommendations 
  • Guidance implementing solutions 
  • Ongoing support as a trusted safety advisor 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the meaning of inspection in safety? 

Inspection in safety refers to a systematic assessment of a workplace to identify potential hazards and ensure compliance with safety regulations. 

What are the benefits of the inspection process? 

The inspection process helps prevent accidents and injuries by identifying potential risks in the workplace. It ensures compliance with safety standards, creates a safe working environment, and improves overall productivity and employee morale. 

What is the purpose of inspection and testing? 

The purpose of inspection and testing is to assess the safety and functionality of equipment, machinery, and systems. It helps identify any defects, malfunctions, or potential hazards, allowing for timely repairs, maintenance, and replacements to ensure a safe working environment. 

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“The safety of the people shall be the highest law."

– Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher born in 106 BC