What’s the difference between safety inspections and risk assessments?

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 11 Aug. 2014

Tags: risk assessment, safety inspection, health and safety, health and safety rules, health and safety programme

When it comes to maintaining health and safety in your company, the best thing you can do is observe. This way, you can gather first-hand knowledge of what’s going on in your company.

If your employees are in danger, you’ll see it. And if your employees break your health and safety rules, you’ll know about that too.

Whatever health and safety problems you company faces, seeing them first hand and understanding them is the key to fixing them.

But there are different ways to observe your employees at work: A safety inspection or a risks assessment. Do you know the difference between these two?

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Revealed: The difference between safety inspection and risk assessments

While risk assessments and safety inspections both serve to find health and safety problems in your company, you use them to identify different problems.
Here’s what each one looks for.
Risk assessment:
Risk assessments, as their name suggests, aim to identify risks. These are things that can lead to accidents and serious injuries. 
You should do a risk assessment at the least every six months to maintain reasonable risk levels in your company. The lower those levels are, the safer your employees will be.
Safety inspections: 
The aim of a safety inspection is to monitor your employees’ compliance with your health and safety rules. For example, do they wear their PPE and do they follow safety procedures?
You can also use inspections to check the condition of your equipment to ensure it isn’t dangerous. 
This is different from a risk assessment because you’re not looking for risks, such as dangerous equipment that could hurt employees, you’re assessing the condition of your equipment to see if it could hurt your employees.
Both of these play very important roles in maintaining your health and safety. Do them regularly and you’ll reap the benefits of an efficient health and safety programme.
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