Nearly every industry has its own standards for safety. Even occupations that are not entirely physical may hold safety meetings on a regular basis. When you run a one-person show as a home inspector, you are at the disadvantage of not having regular safety meetings mandated by a boss.
Eventually, this can lead to carelessness and thinking about safety as an afterthought. Safety meetings are helpful reminders not to become complacent at work. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep safety near the forefront of your mind as a home inspector and crew of one.
Use Visual Cues as a Safety Reminder
Sometimes even a small visual can remind you that you should always have safety on your mind. Place a decal on your ladder or toolbox, for example. Place a sticky note in your car. Anything you have to do to remind yourself to take care on the job is beneficial. It takes just a glance at a note to remember to be safe, whether you are inspecting an attic or a kitchen, but it could save your life.
Communicate with Other Home Inspectors
Every home inspector has a story, and talking with others on a regular basis may open your eyes to some of the problems consistent with your industry. In-person and online meetings with your fellow home inspectors shed light on some of the safety issues about which you might otherwise become complacent. Another inspector’s mistake could become your safety lesson.
Talk to Family and Friends about Work
Discussing your hard work with those you care about reinforces some of the elements of the job you tend to overlook. Encourage your loved ones to ask questions about your work, and research the answers if you don’t know them.
Additionally, talking about work should extend to letting people know where you will be and for how long. Discuss a plan of action in case you do not come back from a site on time. Of course, always keep your phone with you in case of an emergency.
Stay Up-to-Date with Tools and Equipment
Every piece of equipment should be assessed regularly to ensure that it is appropriate for the work you do and that it is in good repair. For instance, you should ensure that your ladders are safe, that your gloves are ready to wear, and that your screwdrivers are rated for electrical work. Set a schedule to continuously look at your materials to ensure that they are up to par.
Take Continuing Education Courses
Not only might you need to take home inspection courses to meet state licensing guidelines, but coursework also prepares you to be safe on the job. You will also stay up-to-date on changing laws and guidelines in your state.
Battle complacency by staying current with the changing sphere of home inspection. Ensure that you are staying abreast of changes by continuing your education. Enroll now to learn more about courses that will help you stay safe.