After the last article on Visitor Safety, we unpack a visitors health and safety checklist.
How many visitors are present in your workplace at any given moment? Do you know where they are, what their business is, and whether they pose a risk to your workers or themselves?
Go through the checklist below to determine whether you have appropriate systems in place to keep visitors to your workplace safe while they are on your site.
Access and Movement Control
- Do you control the manner in which visitors enter the site, are there designated entry points?
- Can you verify how many visitors are on your site? If there is an emergency, will you be able to do an accurate head count?
- In an emergency, will you know where your visitors are because you will need to locate them and move them to safety.
- How do you keep visitors from wandering into dangerous or restricted areas by mistake?
- Do employees know how to identify unauthorized visitors to your site, and what to do if they see them?
- Do you know when all visitors have left your site?
Emergency Preparedness & Planning
- Does your emergency action plan address visitor safety?
- Are visitors informed when they come on-site of the emergency notifications and procedures that might apply to them?
- Do workers know how to ensure visitor safety in the event of an emergency without compromising their own safety?
Other Safety Considerations
- Visitors on your site may create hazards, such as electrical contractors who will perform maintenance work. Do you have a system to identify these hazards and take steps to mitigate the risks?
- Visitors may be exposed to hazards (for example, contractors who will be painting in an area where hazardous equipment or chemicals are present), do you have a way to bring this to their attention as well as the required safe work procedures that must be followed?
- In cases where visitors must wear protective equipment (PPE), for example if hearing protection and safety glasses are required. Is the equipment readily available and provided to visitors on entry?
I’m sure there are some other factors to consider so you should take your specific situation into consideration when evaluating the issue of Visitors and their health and safety on your site.