Occupational safety and health (OSH) is a field of public health that studies injuries and illnesses at workplaces, and implements strategies for preventing them. It includes a wide variety of disciplines, such as epidemiology or toxicology. Initially, the key area of concern for OSH were high-risk manual labor jobs. Today, however, regular OSH inspections are mandatory for all occupations.
Occupational health professionals need to make sure that workplaces have the appropriate safety precautions in place. They also work on minimizing short- and long-term hazards that can threaten the physical and mental health of employees.
What are the benefits of OSH inspections?
- Demonstrates the social responsibility of enterprises
- Gives more credibility to enterprises
- Increases productivity through reducing absences
- Decreases healthcare costs
- Helps in creating a happier and healthier workforce
- Cuts down on business costs resulting from accidents
- Reduces the number of employees who have to take days off to care for family members
- Increases business profitability & performance
OSH in the Energy industry
Wind energy is the fastest-growing renewable energy source in the world. It’s also one of the safest energy technologies. In the past 20 years, the cost of wind energy has been reduced by 80%, making it an ever more affordable source of energy. According to a research from 2016, wind turbine service technician is one of the fastest-growing professions in the US, with employment numbers expected to double during the next 10 years.
Despite its popularity, it’s not an easy profession. In fact, wind turbines are one of the most dangerous workplaces in the energy sector. Wind technicians often work in hazardous conditions hundreds of feet in the air, or inside the wind turbines. Because of the profession’s risky nature, employers need to make sure that their technicians are working under the safest possible conditions.
To help companies adopt detailed safety practices, Resco introduced a predefined OSH Risks questionnaire template within its Inspections for Energy. The free and ready-to-use template enables health and safety inspectors to perform thorough inspections easily and effectively. Let’s take a closer look at the template.
A detailed look at the OSH Risks questionnaire template
At the top of the template, the questionnaire uses a custom image (you can add your company logo or any other graphics) that will be reused in the reports as well. This can save you a lot of time since you don’t have to add the image manually onto each page.
Following that, it’s time to start the Hazard Identification Checklist, which aims to identify the potential hazards to workers engaged in activities associated with their job. The name of the inspector is automatically filled in.
The first set of questions: Site management
In this part of the questionnaire, the inspector fills out Option Set questions regarding Safety co-ordination on site, Emergency Procedures, First Aid, Hazard Management, and Training. At the end of each section, additional comments can be added to make sure all relevant information is conveyed.
The second set of questions: Manufacturing
In this part, Hazardous substances and Manual handling are inspected. Do workers have access to information on safe working procedures? Have workers been trained on safe manual handling techniques? And more. In this batch of Option Set questions inspectors can choose from 3 possible answers – Yes/ No/ N/A. Furthermore, Option Set questions across the entire form utilize smart logic, thanks to which the answer field turns green if the question was answered with Yes, and red when answered with No.
The third set of questions: Transportation
This part includes questions regarding the transportation of wind turbines both to onshore and offshore wind farms. The vehicle carrying the equipment must meet several required criteria. Here, Checkboxes (Yes/No) are employed in addition to the Option Set questions.
The fourth set of questions: Operation and maintenance
This part includes questions about General operation and maintenance issues and Fire prevention. Are all operators appropriately trained and equipped to do their job safely and effectively? Are smoke detectors and fire alarms installed and regularly tested?
Based on the results of the inspection, further actions might be required. Here, the inspector can explain these actions in detail and even take and attach a photo directly from the app.
We arrived at the final part of the questionnaire, where the inspector confirms whether the checklist has been passed or not. He can also add more details to the final report. After that, he signs the form and hits ‘Complete’, with the date and time is automatically filled in.
This template, alongside with other predefined, ready-to-use templates can be found in the Templates section of the Inspections app. You can download the app for Android, iOs, and Web. Inspections can be effortlessly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics or Salesforce to access key business data anywhere, anytime.
Customize the template to fit your needs
You can easily adjust the OSH Risks template in the Questionnaire Designer to suit your needs and industry. The template can be applied to other industries as well. More details on customization options are available on our Wiki support page.
Visual information helps users quickly identify whether an answer was satisfactory or not. In the Questionnaire Designer, this is represented by the green and red dots (“Smart style”). Custom smart styles can be set up too.
In the OSH Risks template, you can use a wide range of question types. Adjust the question types so that it fits the type of inspection performed. The most commonly used question types are the following:
- Text – a single line of text. Additional information can be attached if needed.
- Single Choice – select one of the available predefined answers from a picklist. It comes with a built-in search option so that you quickly find the answer you’re looking for even in large lists.
- Multiple Choices – select multiple answers if necessary.
- Tagged Image – add pictures to questionnaires and mark the image with tags to immediately locate an issue or better visualize the inspected item.
- Image Recognition – AI helps inspectors recognize a piece of equipment faster and eliminate the time-consuming search process.
- Option Set – similar to the Single Choice, except that answers are composed of a number and a text. The number is saved as the answer.
- Checkbox – allows users to switch between two answers.
- Lookup – a combination of a drop-down list and a single-line textbox, allowing users to either type in the answer or choose from the existing options.
Explore all question types here.
Smart business logic
You don’t need advanced technical skills to customize the questionnaires. Smart Questions speed up the process of configuring essential business logic and it’s also technically less challenging – even for managers or inspectors. Set conditions like visibility, requirement, and several others directly from the question. You can learn more about Smart Questions in this blog post.