What is Safety Tour, Purpose and Core Principles to Follow

Safety Tour

Safety Tour aims at identifying non-compliance / failing systems which will help in putting plans in place to correct non-compliance, thereby improving safety culture within the workplace. It has been proved that routine safety tour helps drive safety culture.

What is Safety Tour

Safety Tour is a form of safety inspection. It takes a visual approach which involves walking around the site/workplace to assess the general safety of the work environment and the safety practices. It is mostly an informal task as it is not carried out by external persons.

These practices can be carried out by designated persons voted into the safety tour committee; this committee may include top management representatives, safety professionals, senior staff, workers representatives, etc.

Specific Purpose of Safety Tour

  • Demonstrate visible leadership in health, safety, and wellbeing
  • Utilize the opportunity to give recognition and reinforcement of health and safety practices.
  • Provide an opportunity to identify hazards and risks, such as caused by unsafe acts and unsafe conditions
  • Encourage two-way discussions on health, safety, and well-being.
  • Encourage safe behaviors and improvement of general safety standards.

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Core Principles

  • Safety Tours should be conducted informally to ensure real work activity is observed.
  • Safety Tours are concerned with people how they work and their working conditions.
  • Should any risk identified by an unsafe act or condition be observed, the activity should be stopped until the appropriate controls are put in place.
  • After the Tour, a briefing/meeting should be held with the local manager for review and agreement on remedial actions.
  • The local manager should be asked to brief the Executive on activities and any specific local policies in place before the commencement of the Safety Tour.

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