Facility safety inspections are important for all businesses, regardless of their size. The objective of these internal audits is to identify hazards, monitor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and ensure that corrective actions are taken appropriately.
The specifics of your safety inspection will depend on the size and nature of your business. For instance, if your manufacturing site has large outdoor areas you’ll need to include outside inspections. Develop checklists for each inspection that must be carried out and involve workers in the process of creating the lists to ensure every facet of operations is covered.
Whatever the final checklist looks like, this collaboration will make employees feel valued and included. Promoting health and safety as a core value of your company and empowering staff members to uphold these standards shows respect for their wellbeing and initiative. They’ll see that they are part of a team and be inclined to work harder.
Trained safety officers who are familiar with legal regulations should have the final say on the checklists, but workers’ contributions are important. The benefits of this team effort are so great that some people even count them as one of the reasons facility safety inspections are important for business. Six other reasons are listed below.
- You’ll Be a Step Closer to ISO 14001 Certification
The International Standards Organization (ISO) has created a family of standards, the ISO 14000, related to environmental management. Collectively, they help companies to minimize their operations’ impact on the environment, comply with environmental laws and regulations, and continuously improve their environmental management standards.
Specifically, ISO 14001 defines the criteria for an environmental management system. Rather than stating the specific requirements of any organization, ISO 14001 helps executives to map out the company framework and chart their course for setting up an effective management system. If you achieve ISO 14001 compliance, you can feel confident that you’re doing everything possible to keep your business environmentally friendly.
- Transparency and Green Marketing Will Gain Shareholder Trust
Protecting the earth for future generations is more than enough motivation to implement ISO 14001, but doing so can also be very good for business. By identifying key areas where they’re succeeding or failing at protecting the environment, companies can honestly show customers and shareholders the efforts that they’re putting in.
If organizations share the results of inspections, state what they will be doing to better the situation, and then execute those changes, they’ll distinguish themselves by going above mandatory reporting, something that is increasingly sought after in today’s competitive economy. When this is done in relation to environmental measures, it also increases the company’s green marketing (developing and advertising products based on environmental sustainability) which is attractive to stakeholders and clientele alike.
- You’ll Save Money
Small measures taken before anything goes wrong will save you a lot of money in the long run. By avoiding major incidents, you won’t have to cover workers’ compensation, customer temporary employees, or equipment repair or other costs.
For example, if an inspection shows that a machine isn’t performing up to standard you can have it serviced before it malfunctions and causes an accident. From making sure that salon hair dryers are working properly and won’t burn clients’ heads to checking that factory conveyor belts are running smoothly, safety checks will identify where you need to spend a little money to save you having to spend a lot.
- You’ll Optimize Efficiency
When you change processes to become safer you often make them more streamlined and efficient too. To return to the examples of the salon hairdryer and the factory conveyor belt, if you make sure they’re functioning properly by increasing their service schedules, they’ll work faster and use less electricity. Your productivity will go up while your power costs go down, raising your profits and lowering your costs respectively.
Not only does reducing consumption of energy optimize your organization’s efficiency, this practice also reduces your carbon footprint – which you can report on in your green marketing campaign. When the best course of action for the planet matches your plans to ensure maximum profit, you’re witnessing principles of best business practice at work.
- You’ll be Prepared for External Audits
If you know that your company underwent a full internal audit recently you’ll feel ready for any spot external examinations from OSHA and other agencies. Since failure to comply with authorities’ requirements can result in steep fines, it’s highly recommended that you keep all health and safety measures up-to-date and in line with regulations.
When you know you’re prepared, you’ll have total peace of mind. Not only is your business ready for an outside audit, but your attitude will help create a positive corporate culture leading to happier and more productive employees.
- Above All, the Workplace Will be Safer
The wellbeing of clients, customers and employees should be the primary concern of every manager and executive. Running internal inspections and then following up on the auditors’ recommendations is the ideal way to ensure this health and safety. Showing that you care about your workforce and clientele has the added benefits of improving your public image and strengthening workers’ loyalty to your company.
Regular internal safety audits using formalized checklists are vital to the public image, cost-efficiency, and worker productivity of all organizations. Regardless of the size of your enterprise, you’ll benefit from taking these measures.
Take the time to compile thorough checklists for all areas of your workplace, on both the office and the factory floor. At the same time as adhering to all legal regulations, get input from as many staff members as you can.
Hearing from individuals who are on the front line will give you valuable insights into the safety measures and checks that you should include in your inspection – and will boost their overall levels of morale and motivation. If you use all this information to create checklists that include environmental impact, you’ll increase the wellbeing not only of your employees and overall organization, but of the planet too. And in today’s day and age, that’s equally important.