What to expect from a health and safety visit

Be ready for a health and safety inspection: seven top tips

While you’ll normally have notice for a routine inspection – a health and safety inspector could visit your business at any time without warning. It helps to stay organised so your inspection goes smoothly. Follow these tips to be prepared for a health and safety visit:

1. Make sure that your workplace and work practices meet the necessary health and safety requirements – see what you need to do about health and safety.

2. Be sure you are providing your staff with adequate welfare facilities such as toilets and handwashing provisions – see what workplace facilities do you need to provide?

3. Ensure your health and safety policy is close to hand and up to date - see write a health and safety policy for your business.

4. Ensure you have completed a health and safety risk assessment  a have a record you can show the inspector.  

5. Keep an organised record of workplace equipment inspections, safe working methods, health and safety training.

6. Have a valid copy for your employers’ liability insurance available.

7. Set up a health and safety management system to help you keep on top of things and ensure you’re ready for an inspection at any time.