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Safety Survey

Last updated: March 25, 2019

What Does Safety Survey Mean?

A safety survey is an organization’s internal systematic evaluation to check safe operations and practices are in place in workplaces and facilities. It is an opportunity to suggest improvements on safety issues and confirm intended safety regulations are being complied with. It is an integral part of the safety management system.

Safeopedia Explains Safety Survey

Safety surveys are an organization’s internal activity conducted by those in charge. They differ from the general safety inspections or audits conducted by the government or other legislative bodies. Surveys are conducted regularly to detect unsafe conditions due to malpractices, mishandling of equipment, improper stowage of materials, poor housekeeping, workplace hazards, fire hazards, machine wear and tear, unsafe and unauthorized activities, and no or improper use of personal protective equipment.

Safety surveys reduce accidental exposure and make employees more aware of standard operation procedures. They are also an effective way of obtaining a complete picture of day-to-day work and safety practices.

Safety surveys may include the following points:

  • Building Conditions: Structural safety, housekeeping, unobstructed exits, fire protection, and electrical items

  • Equipment: Machine guarding, wear-and-tear on joints and connections

  • Health Conditions: Sufficiency of light and air, temperature and humidity levels, noise pollution, ergonomics, and the presence of slip, trip and fall hazards

  • Procedures and Practices: Standard operating procedure is in place, safety practices are adhered to, personal protective equipment is used, and procedures for preventing exposure to harmful substances are followed

  • Personal Acts: The presence of unsafe and unauthorized activity, talking while working, mindlessness, etc.


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