The need and purpose of workplace inspections in the glass, brick, tile and concrete industry

The employer is obliged to provide employees with safe and health working conditions. To know exactly how safe and healthy working conditions are or aren’t he needs to constantly monitor performance against health and safety standards and procedures as prescribed by law and company policy. This is achieved by conducting regular safety inspections in the workplace and recording the results.

Other factors to consider in the glass, brick, tile and concrete industry:

As tools and equipment get older they get worn out or damaged. Such tools can be very dangerous and need to be repaired or replaced. Materials, equipment and procedures constantly change. Ignoring such changes can jeopardize people’s health and safety. Lack of the necessary skills to perform a certain job can cause injury. Regular safety inspections will help to expose possible training needs. Safety inspections may vary in purpose from routine to maintenance inspections to inspections after a major incident like a fire or aircraft crash.

Emergency Evacuation Floor Plan and Escape Route Inspection Checklist

Examples of questions relevant to this type of inspection:
Do all luminaries in emergency escape routes work and are they replaced immediately once they become defective?
Are all brake glass assemblies for emergency door locks in place?
Are all emergency staircases and fire doors unobstructed and kept clear?
Has a luminous running man sign been made available indicating the escape route? (Only applicable for dark areas).
Have instructions been made available for occupants to follow in case of an emergency?

Machine Guards Inspection Checklist

Examples of questions relevant to this type of inspection:
Has the machine guards been inspected by a competent person at regular intervals?
Has the appointed person identified all unguarded nip points and implemented measures to prevent possible injuries?
Is all new or second-hand machinery inspected before commissioning to ensure that adequate guards are provided to meet legal and national safety standards?
Is it standard practice that all moving parts within normal reach are guarded or enclosed?
Are persons prohibited from using machinery, unless all its guards and safety devices are in place?

Fire Alarm Inspection Checklist

Examples of questions relevant to this type of inspection:
Did the appointed person do the inspection?
Is the control panel placed in an area that is secure from unauthorized access?
Is the area in which the control panel is situated, free of ignition sources and stored combustible materials?
Has the alarm been provided with a standby power source?
Is the battery and enclosure of the back-up power source accessible for inspection?

General Electrical Installation Inspection Checklist

Examples of questions relevant to this type of inspection:
Are all lighting fixtures functioning properly and are they fitted with bulbs that are in good working order?
Have Compliance Certificates been issued, where required, for receptacles that are located outdoors, in a garage, in an unfinished basement, at kitchen counters and in bathrooms?
Are all receptacles (light fixtures and smoke detectors) protected by an arc fault circuit protection?
Are outside receptacle covers of a type that provides waterproofing with a cord, connected?
Are directly wired appliances such as furnaces, properly grounded?