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How to Run a Successful Safety Assessment and Inspection Program

Dave Paoletta


Last Updated: November 30, 2020

Research shows that companies who monitor workplace and job site conditions through a formal inspection or audit program have fewer injuries, fines from regulators, and, in many cases, better communication between workers and management personnel. 

Regular job site walks, also known as Gemba walks, formal process/procedure audits, and site program assessments, are aspects of a safety self-assessment program. 

In Part 2 of our Ultimate Guide to Safety Management System series, Dave Paoletta discussed the process of implementing your safety management system.

Now, in Part 3, Dave will explain the importance of self-inspections and get into the nitty-gritty of running incident investigations. By the end of this guide, you will understand what it means to design and run a fully-functional inspection and investigation program.

Are you new to this series? Go back and visit Part 1 here.

Dave Paoletta


David Paoletta, MS, MBA, CSP, CUSP, is a research analyst and subject matter expert for Safesite, a safety management software company based in San Francisco, CA. He is also a principal consultant with New Dimensions in Safety in Alameda, CA. David has extensive utility field safety experience with PG&E and PNM New Mexico. He is a Past NM ASSE SPY Award winner and a Past President of the San Francisco Chapter ASSE.

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