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As an OHS Online user, what is the purpose of conducting inspections in the workplace?

Another very good and important question! The purpose behind conducting workplace inspections allows a number of important health and safety aspects to be covered:

a/. existing and potential hazards can be identified and corrective action planned and taken 
b/. Underlying causes of hazards can be determined 
c/. Further understanding of jobs and tasks, conducted in the workplace, can be obtained 
d/. Workers and supervisors can be interviewed any concerns they have can be noted and raised 
e/. Steps taken to eliminate hazards or control risks, can be monitored