As an employer, you have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of your employees and anyone else who might be affected by your activities. Implementing a Safety Tour by a qualified consultant will not only highlight any problems, but go on to rectify them and move forward to a safer working environment. If the inspection isn’t carried out by a competent professional, there’ll be a higher chance errors and problems won’t be detected.
A Safety Tour aims at identifying non-compliance / failing system which will help to put plans in place to correct non-compliance, thereby improving safety culture within the workplace, and it has been proved that routine safety tour helps drive safety culture. A walk round inspection of the work place with the director(s)/management show a commitment to the work force by identifying good and bad practices, which is always followed by a formal report.
Specific purpose of a Safety Tour
- Demonstrate visible leadership on health, safety and wellbeing
- Utilise the opportunity to give recognition and reinforcement of health and safety practices.
- Provide opportunity to identify hazards and risks, such as, caused by unsafe acts and unsafe conditions
- Encourage two-way discussions on health, safety and wellbeing.
- Encourage safe behaviours and improvement of general safety standards
The frequency of inspections will depend on the nature of the work. Inspections may be less often, for example, if the work environment is low risk like in a predominantly administrative office. But if there are certain areas of a workplace or specific activities that are high risk or changing rapidly, more frequent inspection may be justified, for example on a construction project.
Follow up reports
It is equally as important to take action to remedy or correct any issues discovered during inspections as it is to identify them and employers should have a procedure in place that ensures a selected employee has a responsibility for completing the actions issued by a set date. You may also need to update any risk assessments or work procedures relating to the issues identified once the follow up report is submitted.
A safety tour is generally human-oriented and is not a substitute for safety audits and routine inspections, which are more technical in nature. It also completes part of the organisations duties under CHECK of HSG65.
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