Original Date: 03/17/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Safety Inspection Schedule
Polaroid’s corporate policy requires that all facilities and equipment whose failure or malfunction could seriously endanger personnel or property shall be inspected regularly. The Corporate Safety Office established and documented periodic inspection intervals for common facilities and equipment throughout the company. Division managers established inspection programs for common facilities and equipment, and identified other equipment for inclusion in the inspection program (including the development of local inspection schedules) based upon hazards analysis. Each division has a recordkeeping system for managing inspections and reporting inspection results. Inspection results are then analyzed to determine if any program improvements are needed. Individuals performing the inspections are trained in the procedures and, where required, are certified or licensed. Upon finding a violation, inspectors immediately take the defective item out of service. Any items used to protect employees or property must be immediately repaired or replaced.
In January 1996, Polaroid conducted a safety audit of Divisional performance in implementing its Safety Inspection Schedule. Areas of strength included the existence of formal programs for scheduling the inspections and the inclusion of items to be inspected. Areas of average performance included the competency of the inspectors and the inspections themselves. Areas of weakness included management oversight and influence on the program; inspection postponements; inspections of portable electronic equipment and fire doors; recordkeeping and detailed documentation of inspections and findings; and examining the contracted inspectors’ work.
With downsizing taking place over the past several years, special attention is needed in affected areas. Polaroid has had to hire contractors to perform some of its inspections. As a result, some inspections are not as adequately performed as Polaroid would desire. However, measures are being taken to address these issues.
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