Carrying our regular workplace inspections is a proactive way of identifying common workplace hazards and initiating action to prevent injuries and work related illness.
All work areas must be regularly inspected. Quarterly inspections are recommended for high-risk areas including laboratories, workshops and art studios. Low-risk areas may be inspected less frequently, but at least once per year.
- Divide the school, department or area into practical sections for inspection
- Nominate staff to complete the inspections and schedule dates for completion
- Use an inspection checklist to record the results of the inspection
- Complete or arrange corrective action (as required)
- Retain copies of inspections checklists for auditing purposes.
Standard workplace inspection checklists are provided for office, laboratory and workshop environments. These checklists can be adapted to suit other University work environments.
The local supervisor or inspection team should resolve obvious hazards immediately if they are competent and capable of fixing the situation, e.g. an unsecured extension cord running across a thoroughfare.
Serious or ongoing hazards that require further assessment or planned action must be reported via RiskWare to ensure that appropriate corrective actions are tracked and completed. In these situations temporary measures may be required to manage the risk in the short-term.