To provide a checklist on training modules that meet the requirements set out in the Canada Labour Code part II, the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the National Joint Council Directive.

Work place inspections help prevent injuries and illnesses. Through critical examination of the work place, inspections identify and record hazards for corrective action. Joint occupational health and safety committees must participate in planning, conducting, reporting and monitoring inspections. Regular work place inspections are an important part of the overall occupational health and safety program.

The following is an outline of the best elements in occupational health and safety (OH&S) Work Place Inspections training, endorsed by the National Joint Council (NJC) Service-Wide Occupational Health and Safety (SWOHS) Committee.

Organizations should consider the following outline when developing their own department-specific training or assessing any training material to be used within their organization. Departments are reminded that the outline represents only the core elements of good work place inspections training – they should consider adding elements which address any conditions or hazards that are unique to the Department's operations.

Legal Requirements

Note:  Training should explain how Work Place Inspections fit within the total OH&S program, particularly as a significant part of the Hazard Identification and Assessment Methodology (HIAM) required by the COH&S Regulation, Part XIX (Hazard Prevention Program Regulations).

What are the four main steps of an inspection?


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Monitoring/ Follow-up

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Hazard Identification and Assessment

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Additional Resources

The NJC Service-Wide Committee on Occupational Health and Safety supports the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). It provides credible and relevant tools and resources to improve work place health and safety programs. They will provide you complete information to meet your needs and provide reliable information from trusted and unbiased sources.

Please visit the CCOHS web site at www.ccohs.ca (French: www.cchst.ca).