Workplace Health & Safety
What is a Workplace WHS/OHS Inspection & Risk Assessment?
An essential element of a risk management program in the workplace is workplace inspections (WHS Inspections or OHS Inspections) that help prevent work related injury and illnesses and assist in complying with the work health and safety legislation. WHS/OHS inspections identify and report potential hazards that could be removed or avoided and allow for effective risk management in the workplace.
Effective workplace inspections involve the following:
- Consulting with workers and their health and safety representatives on specific workplace hazards and risks and developing relevant inspection protocols
- Reviewing and analysing workplace hazard and incident reports
- Identifying foreseable hazards (existing and potential) in the workplace and their underlying cause
- Reviewing the effectiveness of existing controls implemented in the workplace.
An effective workplace inspection will look at the environment, equipment, and work processes. The environment may include air quality and potential air contaminants, noise, vibration, lighting, temperature and ventilation. Equipment includes operating plant, tools and materials. The work process involves the interaction of the worker with related elements while carrying out a task or operation.
What Does the WHS/OHS Inspection Involve?
WHS Inspections for a building, worksite or specific operations can be conducted by our independent WHS Consultants to assist your organisation with hazard identification and risk reduction as well as due diligence. it is essentially important that your organisation knows what their hazards and risks are and develop a hazard and risk register with the assistance of a specialist in the area.
A WHS inspection usually undertaken by our specialist consultants involves a walk-through visual inspection accompanied by a site representative covering areas such as offices, data centres, industrial sites, warehouses, construction sites, excavation and civil works areas, manufacturing facilities, property facilities or government facilities.
Where required our specialised team may undertake preliminary testing and measurements in our hazard identification and evaluation process such as noise, vibration, air quality, floor slip testing, hazardous materials testing. Hazards and risks identified would be documented within a formal report provided to the business along with recommendations in accordance with the hierarchy of controls as required to meet legislative compliance (applicable Health, Safety & Environmental Legislation, Australian Standards, Codes of Practice and Building Code of Australia (BCA)).
Our standard WHS inspection normally includes evaluation of the following:
- Access & Egress
- Workplace Facilities
- Fire Safety & Emergency
- Building Management System
- Plant Maintenance
- Building Design (operations & maintenance)
- Indoor Air Quality
- General Electrical Safety
- Powered Tools
- Plant Safety & Guarding
- Building Security
- Contractor WHS Management
- Work at Heights & Fall Prevention
- Personal Protective Equipment
- First Aid
- Manual Handling
- Hazardous Chemicals & Dangerous Goods
- Confined Spaces
- Workplace Consultation Arrangements
- Safe Work Procedures and Processes
- Safe Work Method Statements
- Asbestos & Hazardous Materials
- Environmental Sustainability
- Waste Management
- Other Site WHS Documentation