Do you carry out WHS Inspections or Safety Observation Tours?

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A WHS Inspection is an examination of the work area to check for any hazards and to ensure that operational safety standards are being monitored and maintained. An inspection might involve an informal, unscheduled walk around the site or a formal planned inspection.

The inspection assesses the safety of current activities or equipment in the workplace, helping to identify any workplace hazards that may cause harm and result in a workplace injury.

Observation Tours were introduced into the MTA in 2014 as one of a number of WHS systems put in place to monitor our safety. The information gained from the Observation Tours can be used to assist managers and WHS representatives to work towards the continuous improvement of WHS in the workplace.

Examples of hazards that might be noted during an Observation Tour are:

  • Uneven, greasy, slippery or damaged floors that might pose a trip risk
  • Damage to car parks, driveways or vehicle areas that could result in injury to people or damage to vehicles
  • Unlabelled or inappropriately labelled containers holding unidentified or incorrectly named fluid
  • Inadequate lighting for the tasks that are carried out
  • Inadequate or inappropriate storage facilities or shelves
  • Incorrect or inappropriate signage (e.g. a sign that indicates the location of a fire extinguisher, but the extinguisher is not in that location)
  • Tools, cords or other equipment left where they might pose a risk to others
  • Tangled or damaged electrical leads and cords
  • Broken tools or equipment
  • Blocked exits, restricted or cluttered walkways
  • Poor waste disposal, accumulating rubbish
  • Cluttered work areas

Below are some hazards identified during the WHS Inspection.

The best way to check your workplace during an Observation Tour is by having employees complete their own checklist, an example of which is provided below.

If you require any assistance in conducting WHS Inspections or Observation Tours, please contact the MTA’s WHS & RTW Coordinator, Cos Lamberto by clicking here.