Types of Inspection Instruments

Instruments can be developed to meet specific needs and specific purposes, and for a variety of topics. The previous is a list of some inspection topics for which inspection instruments can be tailored to meet the company's needs. These instruments can be as simple as a yes/no checklist, an evaluation instrument, or a narrative format, which requires a longer written response.


In order to prevent accidents on your jobsite, you definitely should develop audits that meet your company's individual needs and include components for your company's particular type of work. Packaged audits that have been developed by others will not be, in all likelihood, very useful for you since each company is unique and has its own hazards and procedures.

Further Readings

Reese, C.D. Accident/Incident Prevention Techniques (Second Edition). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2012. Reese, C.D. Occupational Health and Safety Management (Third Edition). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2016.

Reese, C.D. and J.V. Eidson. Handbook of OSHA Construction Safety & Health (Second Edition). Boca Raton, FL: CRC/Lewis Publishers, 2006.

United States Department of Labor. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Training and Education. OSHA Voluntary Compliance Outreach Program: Instructors Reference Manual. Des Plaines, IL: US Department of Labor, 1993.

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