Safety survey is a systematic review of the workplace safety system to recommend improvements where needed, provide assurance of the safety of current activities, and to confirm conformance with applicable parts of the safety management system. It helps identify problems before anyone gets hurt on the job site.
Safety survey is part of the organization’s health and safety management system. It is a planned action carried out routinely by survey team members.
It is used to assess whether an existing safety situation is satisfactory; if not, measures are taken to improve on it.
It covers a lot of areas – Health, work practices, work environment, personal acts, etc. The survey aside from to help identify problems before they come, it also help identify trends.
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Difference between safety tour and safety survey
A safety tour can include a simple walk through inspection where your skills on physical observations are utilised and does not necessarily transpose into a written report,
In survey you use your observational skills also but usually to a specified framework with your observations recorded. It is more indepth and broad.
Safety survey may covers the following areas
Safety surveys may cover the following:
- Building Conditions: Structural safety, housekeeping, unobstructed exits, fire protection, and electrical items
- Equipment: Survey work equipment to identify malfunction, improper utilization, its safety compliance.
- Health Conditions: Survey the health condition of the employees to identify health trends.
- Work Procedures and Practices: Check if standard operating procedure is in workplace are followed.
- Personal Acts: Unsafe while at work
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During the process of safety survey, a checklist is mostly utilize as a guide. The checklist can be designed based on the area to be surveyed and the objective of the survey.
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