Property Safety InspectionWhy do I need a Property Safety Inspection?

Businesses / Body Corporations have a duty to provide a safe workplace so as not to injure workers and others. Usually there are property safety inspection systems in place to provide safe systems for workers. The others at these types of businesses are often overlooked until a common law issue arises from a simple injury to a resident tourist or passer-by.

Facility managers are ‘Person with Management or Control of the Workplace’ under the WHS Legislation and are required to deal with a wide range of challenges to ensure health and safety of occupants; their workers and visitors to area under their control. The Work Health and Safety legislation in Australia requires occupiers or persons in control of the workplace to ensure the health and safety of everyone accessing and using those premises.

Some properties have several inherent health, safety and environmental risks associated with their historical designs, old fittings, occupants behaviors to name a few. With our consultants tertiary qualification in safety management and extensive experience in providing property OHS/WHS, environmental and public liability consulting services to the property sector, our team is ideally placed to assist your business by ensuring you are minimising risks associated with your managed building and property health and safety status, public liability and environmental non-compliance.

Why do I need a safety consultant to complete a property safety inspection?

Our team of Safety Consultants have been completing this type of inspection for many across multiple small to large businesses including accommodation buildings. They identify existing and potential hazards that may result in injury, illness, or environmental affect. Each of which has the capacity for being a financial and/or reputational impact for the business. These inspections identify and report potential hazards that could be removed or avoided and allow for effective risk management in the workplace. These property safety inspections are part of the process that is discussed in more depth around Monitoring Safety Systems.

What hazards should property owners be aware of?

The property owner and tenant need to be aware of the property condition and potential hazards. A thorough property safety inspection will help you identify the risks that need to be rectified and confirm areas that are safe, so far as reasonably practicable. Additionally engaging contractors to complete works on site may increase risk if not monitored. THis is discussed in more depth in the article focusing on Contract Management Systems.

The safety consultant interrogates the physical conditions of the common areas of the premises using a risk management framework. The inspection protocols we have in place to prioritise and minimise potential risks associated with your managed building and property. These assessments will identify existing hazards with the potential to cause accidents/incidents, injury, illness, environmental impact or financial loss. Our inspection process can be customised to suit the requirements of your property and specific workplace hazards.

What are the issues that need to be part of a property safety inspection?

Some examples of areas that may need assessing are:
• Safe Access & Egress throughout the common areas
• Hazardous Chemical Safety
• Confined Spaces
• Contractor management
• Electrical Safety
• Workplace design and layout
• Fire Safety systems & Emergency response
• First Aid systems and response
• Personal Protective Equipment
• Plant and Equipment Safety
• Traffic management
• Working at Heights

The Safety Consultant will use their years of experience as a safety professional to ensure that robust property safety inspection protocols on the physical conditions of the premises. All areas identified are assessed for their health, safety, environmental and public risk following the legislative risk management principles. At the completion of the inspection the safety consultant will provide you with a clear and actionable property risk assessment report for health, safety, environmental and public liability. The property safety inspection report will include a range of recommendations to consider as part of the elimination or reduction of the hazard.

Following are some posts with added information for this topic that may assist in you deciding on using a Safety Consultant to assist your business,

If you are interested in our WHS Consultancy services, you can contact David, Andrew or Mark to discuss your Health and Safety Issues.

We have qualified and certified Safety Consultants that can assist you in your business and offer a range of WHS consulting services along with general and specific health and safety training courses.

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