How to become a Safety Inspector

Safety inspectors inspect machinery, equipment, working conditions and public places to ensure they conform with government and industry standards and regulations for occupational health and safety.

Personal requirements of a Safety Inspector

  • Tactful and diplomatic
  • good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • good observational skills
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • able to work at heights and in various weather conditions
  • integrity and sound judgment.

Duties & Tasks of a Safety Inspector

Safety inspectors may perform the following tasks:

  • examine equipment specifications, and inspect and test machinery, equipment and clothing to ensure it conforms with safety standards and serviceability
  • inspect public places and working conditions to ensure compliance with government and industry standards and regulations
  • investigate accidents, study their causes and recommend action to be taken
  • inspect insured buildings, vehicles and commercial and industrial premises to evaluate conditions and practices affecting insurance risk, as well as to develop safety programs
  • check workers to ensure protective devices are being used according to regulations and that dangerous materials are used and stored according to approved procedures
  • conduct tests in work areas to detect toxic fumes, explosive mixtures of gas and air, and other work hazards
  • ensure fire prevention equipment and other safety supplies, such as first aid kits, stretchers and blankets, conform to standards
  • assist in conducting safety meetings and campaigns
  • organise training in general safety principles as dictated by regulations
  • report unsafe conditions and careless actions of workers.

Working conditions for a Safety Inspector

Safety inspectors may work in an industrial environment or an office. They may be required to travel between locations or be permanently located within a factory or at a mine site. At times, safety inspectors may be required to work at heights or in confined spaces. They may also be required to present their findings in court.

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