Our latest Safetip is about benchmarking and comparing the results of inspections across all sites.
Same Inspections Across All Sites
Organizations conduct inspections for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to:
- Identify all hazards in a facility.
- Assess a specific type of hazard (energy control, work at height, etc.).
- Evaluate the effectiveness of barriers or controls.
- Verify that equipment or machinery are being properly serviced and maintained.
- Verify that a procedure or work practice is being followed by employees.
- Comply with specific regulatory requirements (e.g. inspections of the energy control procedure required by OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard).
Because there are similar inspections performed at all locations, there is an opportunity to benchmark and compare sites, which can produce valuable information.
Score, Benchmark, and Compare
Conducting inspections with a software platform like Enablon allows companies to make sure that all inspections across all sites are consistent through the use of the same checklists and processes.
To make it possible to compare sites, a scoring system should be used where points are assigned to each individual answer, and then the total score of the inspection is automatically calculated.
Organizations can then use the scores to benchmark and compare inspection results across all sites. The type of insight and information that can be obtained includes:
- Top-performing sites. These sites can be studied further to see what practices are responsible for their success, which can then be implemented at the other sites.
- Sites performing poorly. Companies can identify the sites that should get more attention and more efforts to improve safety.
- Potential HR/personnel issues. Sometimes a site may not perform well because it is understaffed, not because workers are “bad” at safety. Identifying HR/personnel issues allows organizations to address them.
- Wider problems. If most sites are having bad scores regarding one particular hazard type or safety issue, it may indicate a larger problem affecting the organization as a whole. Identifying the problem is a key first step.
By benchmarking and comparing inspection results across all sites, organizations can identify the actions that should be taken to drive continuous improvement.
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