Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

GENERAL WORKPLACE SAFETY
2.50
Revised 10-07
Environmental Health and Safety
335-3041

Self Inspection

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PURPOSE

The purpose of safety self inspections is to identify and control workplace hazards and to ensure compliance with University policies and regulatory requirements.

Safety Inspections

The unit administrator is responsible for ensuring that an annual safety inspection is conducted to identify and control workplace hazards.

The unit supervisor, with the assistance of the unit safety committee, is responsible for conducting annual safety inspections for her or his area.

Safety inspections are to be conducted at least annually. However, high-hazard areas, i.e., workshops and laboratories, should be inspected more frequently.

Inspection Checklist

Use the Safety Inspection Checklist as a guide to conduct safety inspections. Complete and/or print the master on 2.50.3-12 to obtain copies of the checklist.

Other sources which can be consulted or utilized in conducting safety inspections include:

Inspection Results

Enter the inspection results on the Safety Inspection Checklist.

Forward the completed Safety Inspection Checklist to the unit administrator for review. The unit administrator initiates action to address any safety deficiencies noted on the worksheet.

Safety inspection results should be reviewed and discussed at the next scheduled safety committee or foreman/crew meeting. The safety committee may recommend action to address any safety deficiencies.

Inspection Follow-up

The unit administrator ensures that the noted safety deficiencies are addressed. The unit administrator logs a description on the Safety Inspection Checklist of the action initiated for each noted item.

The unit retains the completed Safety Inspection Checklist and forwards a copy to EH&S; mail code 1172.

ASSISTANCE

Contact Environmental Health and Safety; telephone 335-3041; for:

Contact the Fire Marshal, Department of Public Safety, for assistance with fire safety inspection items; telephone 335-8548.

See the PDF form:
2.50.3-12: Safety Inspection Checklist
Complete and/or print as needed