Inspections are part of our safety lives. Almost every piece of machinery, personal protective equipment (PPE), and lifesaving equipment that we use has some form ofinspection requirement. Do you remember therequirements? Test yourself. We’ll share the answers at the bottom of the column to the right.
1. Ladders. Almost every workplace has a ladder somewhere. How often do they need to be inspected?
A. About quarterly, before the safety committee meeting.
B. Once a month, before management walks through thearea.
C. Weekly, every Monday.
D. Before the first time you use it during each work shift.
2. Emergency lighting. The fire code requires a monthly test of all emergency lighting, by turning off the power to the light(s) and ensuring they work for at least 30 seconds. The fire code also requires an annual test on emergency lighting. How long is that annual test?
A. At least 90 minutes (an hour and a half).
B. About 30 minutes.
C. 5 minutes.
D. 90 seconds.
3. Portable fire extinguishers must be visually inspected at least monthly. You have to check to make sure thegauge is in the green and the pin is in place. What else should be included in that inspection?
A. The area around the extinguisher is clear and the unit is not obstructed.
B. The annual service has been done in a timely manner.
C. The unit is not in need of a hydrostatic test.
D. The unit is rated work being done and the type of fire hazards in the area where it’s located.
E. All of the above.
F. All of the above except C.
4. Workers in hazardous atmospheres must wear respirators. How often should you inspect respirators that are used in routine work?
A. When the supervisor tells you to inspect it.
C. Before each use and while you are cleaning it.
D. When it becomes so dirty you cannot see through themask.
5. The OSHA regulation stipulates that an employer must keep walking and working surfaces in a dry, clean condition. To do so, the employer would have to inspect the work area. How often does the regulation say this should be done?
A. It should be inspected weekly.
B. It should be inspected quarterly.
C. It should be inspected before work each day.
D. The regulation does not mention an exact schedule but does say it should be done “periodically.”
CALIFORNIA BONUS QUESTION:
6. The Cal/OSHA Construction Safety Orders requires that Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) be inspected at least twice annually. Who can do the inspection?
A. Anyone can do the inspection.
B. The site superintendent.
C. A qualified person as defined by Cal/OSHA.
D. A competent person as defined by Cal/OSHA.
1. D. Ladders must be inspected before the first time they are used each work shift.
2. A. Emergency lighting must be able to function for at least 90 minutes.
3. E. All of the responses given should be included in a portable fire extinguisher inspection.
4. C. Inspect the respirator before use, and during cleaning when it is pulled apart and all parts can be clearly seen.
5. D. The regulation requires an employer to inspect walking and working surfaces but does not specify how often to do so.
6. D. A competent person, defined as someone who “is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them” must perform theinspections on PFAS.