This fact sheet provides guidance to help managers and business owners identify hazards in the
workplace and communicate with workers about hazards in their jobs, by conducting safety
There are at least two reasons why managers and owners should periodically conduct workplace
inspections themselves. First, inspections demonstrate management’s commitment to improving safety
and health by finding and fixing hazards. Second, walk-arounds let managers see for themselves how the
safety and health program is working and whether it is effective in identifying and eliminating hazards.
Safety walk-arounds can also help managers and owners assess how key elements of the safety program
are working. For example, how engaged are employees in the program? Do employees feel they have
received appropriate training? Do they know how to report a safety or health incident or concern?