Building Safety Capacity through Workplace Inspections

Workplace inspections are a vital component in our efforts to ensure a safe workplace and help prevent incidents, injuries, and illnesses at UBC. In fact, the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) regulations require every employer to ensure that regular workplace inspections to be made to prevent the development of unsafe working conditions.

There are several types of inspections. Some inspections, like fall protection equipment inspections, are conducted by specially trained individuals, while general inspections are typically conducted by members of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees and/or Local Safety Teams. And individuals, informal inspections are just as important in maintaining workplace health and safety.

Inspections are important as they allow us to:

  • listen to the concerns of workers and supervisors
  • gain further understanding of jobs and tasks
  • identify existing and potential hazards
  • determine underlying causes of hazards
  • recommend corrective actions
  • monitor steps taken to eliminate hazards or control the risk (I.e. engineering controls, administrative controls, policies, procedures, personal protective equipment)

For more information and resources on workplace inspections, visit  Safety & Risk Services’ Workplace Inspections page.