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Workplace inspections

Information on how to carry out workplace inspections

Inspections are a key part of good health and safety management. They allow you to check that your workplace and work activities are healthy and safe. Workplace inspections help prevent incidents, injuries and illnesses.

An inspection helps you identify hazards or processes that are not working efficiently and decide what measures to take before they lead to an accident or incident.

  1. How to carry out workplace inspections
  2. Who can carry out workplace inspections
  3. Workplace inspection legislation

‚Äč3. Workplace inspection legislation

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 places the general duty on you to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all your employees. Employers need to provide

  • training
  • instruction
  • information
  • supervision
  • a safe workplace
  • safe entry and exit
  • safe machinery, equipment and methods of work

Carrying out inspections enables you to identify whether you are providing these.

The law also requires some specific inspections to be carried out. For example, the annual inspection and safety check carried out on gas boilers. Other inspections that the law states need to happen are

  • lifting equipment
  • local exhaust ventilation
  • pressure vessels
Inspections required by law need to be carried out by a competent person. This is someone with suitable knowledge, experience and training to carry out the work. Where the law requires inspections, it normally states how often they need to be carried out and they need to meet the standards set by a competent person.

Visit our Competent Person pages for more information