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Safety inspections are a natural part of the job for EHS managers. If you’ve been working in health and safety for any length of time, you may find that most inspections look and function the same, often without turning up anything too significant.
If you aren’t finding much out of line during your inspections, are you just wasting your time?
The short answer, of course, is no, but it’s important to understand why every safety inspection is important, even if you never find any issues.
Conducting safety inspections is a critical part of any health and safety program, and not just because you “have to.” In fact, it’s this complacency surrounding inspections that can cause them from being as effective as they can be.
Whether you’re conducting a specific inspection for the first time, or you’ve performed dozens of safety inspections throughout your career, it’s important to treat every inspection on an individual basis to give it the attention it deserves.
Safety isn’t just an idea driven by governing bodies and compliance standards. There must also be an innate desire to create a safe work environment for employees, contractors, and visitors. Safety inspections aren’t usually synonymous with fun, but at some point there should be a desire to conduct a helpful, accurate, thorough inspection that will yield the best possible outcome for everyone it affects.
Safety inspections aren’t a waste of time, nor do they have to feel like it.
If you want your inspections to pay off big every time, consider the following:
The better you can make every inspection, the more peace of mind you can bring to the company and its employees.
Every safety inspection is worth your time, even if you don’t find any major issues. Inspections can seem monotonous and insignificant, but in reality, they should be the exact opposite. When you start feeling like every inspection looks the same, you may start becoming complacent to the point you miss key findings.
Inspections should never be considered routine, nor are they a waste of time. Treat every inspection as though it were your first to ensure you’re proactively looking for issues and not assuming your findings will turn out like the last one.
When you take the “routine” feeling out of your inspections, you’re better positioned to make each one count.
Got questions on how to improve your safety inspections? We’d love to hear them. Feel free to reach out to our team about how safety inspection software can help you streamline your inspections.
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