With the chaos of the summer months behind us, it’s time to get back into the usual rhythm of work and take a fresh look at your workplace inspections program. Inspections are vital to preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace and should be used as an opportunity to make the workplace better, not just an item to check off on a list of requirements.
Health and safety inspections are governed by minimum standards defined in occupational health and safety legislation that employers must meet to maintain a safe and healthy workplace. These standards vary by jurisdiction but following best practices and going beyond the minimum requirements proves employers have done their due diligence while creating a culture of safety.
According to the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), benefits of regular and effective workplace inspections include higher employee satisfaction, higher productivity, fewer sick days, lower insurance premiums, and less time and money spent recruiting and training employees to fill vacant positions as a result of injured or sick workers, whether it’s temporary or long-term.
If you are unfamiliar with workplace inspections or need ideas on how to improve them, download our FREE Workplace Inspection Guide for some recommendations on how to revamp your programs and help keep employees safe.
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