Regular health and safety inspections are recommended for any company, regardless of industry. Yet, 46 per cent of all companies have never had a health and safety inspection, and only 24 per cent have had an inspection within the past 12 months, according to a recent survey published by the Trades Union Congress.
This pervasive inattention to health and safety may have been a contributing factor in the 611,000 work-related injuries and 500,000 new work-related illnesses that occurred in 2014/15, according to the HSE. The responsibility for ensuring the safety of your employees rests—first and foremost—with your company. For that reason, your company should consider implementing the following HSE-recommended best practices:
- Plan an inspection programme: Your company should appoint at least one health and safety inspector to conduct inspections, ideally once per quarter. These inspections should examine tools, tasks, equipment, methods and work environments to identify potential risks.
- Discuss health and safety issues with staff: Your health and safety inspectors should meet with your staff to discuss what risks they regularly encounter.
- Consult health and safety specialists: For certain situations or equipment, your company should contact a certified specialist to conduct the inspection. Ideally, these inspections should also be conducted quarterly.
- Review and revise inspection programme: Your company’s inspection programme should be reviewed annually, or after any health and safety incidents have occurred.
To help your health and safety inspector, the HSE has an inspection form and a report form, in case any risks are found. For more information about how to keep your employees safe and secure, contact the experts at A-Plan today.