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Workplace Safety Audit

General Safety Audit in the Workplace, in Our Homes and on the Roads.

When the word safety audit is mentioned, people generally think of a negative experience, or of a foreboding confrontation. However, when looked at as a preventive measure or as a means to reassure our workforce, safety audits should always be viewed as a constructive experience all the time.

Workplace safety audit checklist
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According to Injury Facts  2016, more than 135,053 people lost their lives due to unintentional-injury related deaths in 2014. This figure could be more owing to the fact that many incidences go unreported when they occur in our homes, workplaces and on the roads.

From a safety standpoint there is only one way to do a job, and that is the safe way. Safety needs to be the first consideration in everything we do. If we take the time to at least mentally think out the steps that we go through to perform a task, we can audit it to ensure we are safe all the time.

Most of these accidents and tragedies are caused by human error and negligence meaning that they can be avoided and their numbers reduced significantly if all individuals become more responsible and observe the recommended safety and precautionary measures.

Most of these tragedies occur when least expected, meaning they catch us unawares and unprepared. The National Safety Council indicates that the low levels of unpreparedness cause even the most minor incidents to end up causing excessive and unnecessary harm.

One of the first steps of performing workplace safety audit will help  identify problem areas which could result in employee injuries.

This may include things like improperly stored products, broken or malfunctioning equipment, employees not wearing personnel protection equipment, slippery areas on the floor, etc…

The audit will help identify the controls or improvements that need to be put in place to avoid or reduce the risk. The control measures are the most significant part, as they set out the steps that must be followed to protect employees. Some control measures may already be in place but they too should be reviewed.

Self Safety Audit Examples Before doing any task:

When safety auditing ourselves, look at these things prior to performing a task:

– PPE, do we have the correct eye protection, appropriate gloves, and protective footwear?

– Do we need any special PPE such as a chemical apron or a harness?

– Is our PPE in good condition?

– Do we have the correct tools and are they in good shape?

– Do we know how to operate the tools or equipment?

– Do we know how to accomplish the task safely?

– Do we know the harmful energy sources around the area and have we isolated them?

These are a just a few of the questions we should ask. However, they include some of the most important ones. Ensure you do a quick audit, prior to performing any task.

The Top 10 Most OSHA Violations that trigger  safety audit questions

1. Fall Protection: Falls are among the most common causes of serious workplace injuries and deaths.

2. Hazard Communication:  provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Chemical manufacturers must evaluate the dangers of the chemicals they produce and prepare hazard information for their customers.

3. Scaffolding: Common in industries such as construction and long shoring, scaffolding is often necessary to complete certain jobs. 72% of accidents happen when the planking or support gives way, employees slip, or employees are struck by falling objects.

4. Respiratory Protection: Breathing in noxious gasses can cause instant death or long-term diseases. Thus, respirators protect workers from harmful clouds of dust, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays, as well as environments of insufficient oxygen, either by removing contaminants from the air or providing an independent air supply

5. Lockout/Tagout: These procedures concern the control of hazardous energy sources such as electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, and thermal. The risk here involves the unexpected startup or release of stored energy, which can result in serious injury or death

6. Powered Industrial Trucks: Because forklifts are used to lift and move heavy objects, they pose a variety of hazards to employees including falls off of docks, flipping over due to the weight loaded, and striking other employees and equipment on the work site.

7. Ladders: Anyone who has climbed a ladder to change a light bulb at home knows that they can be dangerous due to their instability and potential for falling. This is even more salient for workers who must climb extremely tall ladders or small step ladder and use them in awkward locations to perform their jobs.

8. Electrical – Wiring Methods: Working with electricity is obviously quite dangerous, and although this hazard is thought to be specific to electricians and associated workers, wiring safety is important to every worker on the job site. For example, a construction crew building a home could be put at risk if unsafe installation procedures cause a fire.

9. Machine Guarding: Moving machine parts have the potential to burn, lacerate, crush, and amputate workers’ body parts, or even kill them. Therefore, every machine with moving parts, such as saws, presses, and plastics machinery, is required to be safeguarded at all times, not just when workers must interact with or operate them.

10. Electrical – General Requirements: This hazard is typically coupled with #8, particularly on new installation jobs, but is more general and covers overall safety regulations of electrical work, including things such as PPE, job planning requirements, and circuit exposure

This website will cover safety in the workplace, in our homes and our roads with the aim of equipping you with the necessary safety tips and precautions for disaster preparedness and management.

Although it is a government requirement for organizations and homeowners to comply with all the standard precautionary measures and safety regulations, the highest responsibility lies on individuals who should ensure that they possess at least basic skills in disaster awareness and preparedness.

Our website is dedicated to providing safety guide tips which will go a long way in making everyone aware of the potential dangers within our surroundings. It also equips us with the necessary knowledge and skills for observing precautionary measures as well as responding more effectively when disaster strikes.

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