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  • Welcome to this WorkSafeBC video on health and safety inspections.

  • This video is designed to show you what to expect when a WorkSafeBC officer conducts

  • an inspection of your workplace, your rights, as well as your responsibilities.

  • Welcome to Singh Woodworking. How can I help you?

  • Good morning, my name is Andy Jones and I'm a safety inspector with WorkSafeBC.

  • Most visits are part of routine inspections, but they may be in response to a workplace

  • incident or concerns about safety in the workplace.

  • WorkSafeBC officers also consult on safety matters and provide assistance to employers

  • and safety committees.

  • I'm Susan Francis. How can I help you?

  • Good morning Ms. Francis.

  • My name is Andy Jones and I'm your WorkSafeBC health and safety inspector. Here's my card.

  • What is this about?

  • I'm here today to do an inspection.

  • Oh, okay. We can talk in my office; it's just down the hall here.

  • Great, thank you.

  • Upon arrival, the WorkSafeBC officer will ask to speak with the owner or senior manager

  • in charge.

  • The WorkSafeBC officer will explain the purpose of the inspection and outline the process.

  • Have you been part of a safety inspection before?

  • No and I don't know what that involves.

  • The WorkSafeBC officer's role is to audit and assess your health and safety systems

  • and to assist in addressing any deficiencies.

  • Do you have a health and safety committee?

  • Yes.

  • And could we speak with one of your worker reps?

  • Yes, I'll give him a call.

  • Thank you Susan.

  • As an employer, if you don't wish to take part in an inspection, you can designate another

  • person to take your place.

  • Worker representatives have the same right to participate as you do.

  • Typically, the worker representative is a member of your joint occupational health and

  • safety committee.

  • Hello Joe, this is Andy Jones, he's our safety inspector. He's here to do an inspection.

  • Hi JoeAndynice to meet you.

  • Hi, thanks.

  • Take a seat.

  • The officer will explain the inspection process and confirm basic information about your firm.

  • He or she may ask about: your health and safety program, first aid records, incident investigation

  • reports, work procedures, or risk assessments that you've done.

  • Excellent. Well, I'll give you both a quick overview so you know what to expect.

  • What about first aid? What services do you have onsite?

  • Well, we have a level two attendant and a first aid room.

  • Why don't we start the tour? I'd like to start in the first aid room.

  • Sometimes the officer will look at the whole facility, and other times just a selected

  • portion or process.

  • Okay, Joe, if you'd like to lead the way?

  • Sure.

  • Thanks Joe.

  • During the inspection, the officer will take notes and may take pictures.

  • You may want to take your own notes so you'll have record of the issues discussed.

  • The officer may stop and ask workers questions about their jobs or procedures.

  • An inspection is an opportunity for everyone to ask questions and learn more about health

  • and safety in the workplace.

  • Would you like a coffee or anything?

  • I'm fine, thank you.

  • After the inspection, the officer will debrief you and the worker representative.

  • You'll have an opportunity to ask questions and provide additional information.

  • An inspection report will be issued after the inspection.

  • If you wish, an appointment can be made to deliver and discuss the report with you and

  • your worker representative.

  • You can also invite other people, who will help address the safety concerns discussed

  • in the report.

  • Okay great. I'll see you, Joe, and Mr. Singh tomorrow at 2 pm. Thanks again for your time

  • today.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you Susan.

  • Joe.

  • Nice to meet you.

  • The inspection report documents the findings of the inspection.

  • If any violations have been identified, it's important to address the issues promptly.

  • If you encounter problems complying with the orders, contact the officer.

  • He or she may have suggestions or resources to help you.

  • Mr. Singh, this is Andy Jones from WorkSafeBC.

  • Hello Mr. Singh. My name's Andy.

  • The inspection report must be posted in a central location for a minimum of seven days.

  • The report must also be given to your health and safety committee or representative.

  • I have an inspection report here that lists everything that needs to be done.

  • I have a copy for everyone and was hoping that we could review it together.

  • Safety inspections are just one way that we work with employers and workers to ensure

  • the safety of all workplaces in British Columbia.

  • Please call me if I can be of any assistance.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you Mr. Singh.

  • Susan, Joe, thank you.

  • For more information about the inspection process, or health and safety resources, visit

  • WorkSafeBC.com.

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