Safetip #143: Correlate Incidents with Inspection Checklists

October 03, 2018

This week’s Safetip is about correlating incidents with inspection checklists and making the necessary changes to improve inspections.

An Incident Provides an Opportunity to Learn

An incident is never a desirable outcome. Whether it’s a near miss that almost resulted in an injury, or an accident where an injury or property damage occurred, no organization wants to see their incident rates rise. While an incident is bad, it is possible to turn something negative into something positive by learning from it.

Incidents can help to uncover hazards that were previously unknown, or new risks based on an exposure to a hazard that was not properly assessed in the past (i.e. the exposure level is much higher than previously thought). Learning new information on hazards and risks is only the first step. As a subsequent step, it’s important to connect the dots and make sure that various processes, such as inspections, are updated to take into account the new information.

Connect Incidents with the Pertinent Inspections

As part of a comprehensive occupational safety and health (OSH) program, . Processes, people, operations, equipment, materials and facilities can change, and changes can introduce new hazards or risks, which is why checklists should be reviewed. As part of the review, be sure also to:

1) Connect incidents with the pertinent inspection checklist(s), and
2) Determine if a checklist should be updated based on information on potentially new hazards or risks revealed from incidents.

For example, you have an industrial equipment from the same manufacturer and the same model at five different facilities. At one of the facilities, the equipment overheats and almost causes hand burns for a worker. After investigating the incident, you realize that a part malfunctioned and was long overdue for replacement. As part of your OSH program, you already inspect the industrial equipment once a quarter at all five facilities. When you review the checklist of that particular inspection, verify if there is an item that consists of checking the part responsible for the incident. If not, update the checklist to include the new item to check, and use the updated checklist for all future inspections of the equipment.

Finally, connecting incidents with the pertinent inspection checklists becomes a much easier task when you have a software solution for incident management and one for inspection management on the same unique, integrated EHS management platform. Navigating between different screens becomes much easier and data can be exchanged from one module to another more seamlessly, all of which makes the user experience more intuitive and tasks more efficient.

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