Certified Crane Care Tech Tip: Safety Inspections

Safety inspections are a part of doing business. Our Director of Safety was kind enough to share some information on the best practices for safety inspections. 

Tips for Contracted Safety Inspections 

  1. Know where your safety records are located. Your Director of Safety or designated safety personnel should maintain and review records of all safety audits and inspections that affect the company, employees and facility. 
  2. Know how to respond to inspections based on who performs them and why. Inspections can be done by internal employees or by an outside party. Both are important but handled differently.
  3. Professional agency reports expire quicker. Outside agencies have deadlines, expiration times for follow up and regulations regarding how and when actions must be taken different from an internal report. 
  4. Take immediate action. All hazards identified and recommendations should be acted on in a timely manner. 
  5. Document everything. Detail in writing all methods of addressing issues contained in the reports. Keep a copy of this information with the survey report from the outside agency

Tips for Internal Safety Inspections 
  1. Develop OSHA compliant checklists for periodic self-inspections.  
  2. Identify personnel performing evaluations. Keep records of who performed the inspection and when it was performed. 
  3. Take immediate action. All discrepancies identified during the inspection should be evaluated immediately. 
  4. Keep checklists updated. Industry standards and changes should be monitored and changes to checklists should reflect industry updates. 
  5. Maintain records for follow up and review. Designated safety personnel will keep and review self-inspection documentation. 

OSHA compliance offers industry wide standards to protect your businesses most important asset, your employees. Be sure to designate qualified personnel to maintain and follow up on identified hazards and recommendations reported by external and internal safety inspections. Safety inspections in accordance with OSHA guidelines won't guarantee sales but it can save your company thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in citations. 

Certified Crane Care is here to help you with your overhead crane and hoist. Our expertise includes Fall Protection training, inspections, repairs, modifications and modernization to help your company meet and exceed your safe operation needs.

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