You cannot inspect “in” quality or safety. If it wasn’t made right to begin with, all the inspection in the world will not improve that particular situation.
Now, having said that, inspections CAN and DO provide actionable data to give the program focus and direction so unsafe situations in the future can be avoided. These inspections can range from the inspection the production worker would do of their immediate area to the extensive wall to wall audit of everything within the four walls. The determining factors between the types have to do with time, money and skill available as well as the possible immediate need to focus on a particular area of concern.
A good inspection is marked by a description of the finding, the possible consequences and the likelihood of such an occurrence and finally the path to resolving that issue and others like it. This depth is often far different than the typical fault finding performed by insurance companies. Typically they find things wrong but are not able or willing to provide guidance on what to do next.
I provide services which include inspections in a mode akin to management by walking around (MBWA). This walking / talking tour of your facility will allow time and contact to ask the necessary questions and provide observations that are in context – i.e. the situations are happening right then. The findings are presented in context and as symptoms of a system underdeveloped or not written. Once the program to correct the findings is implemented, those issues and many like them evaporate – permanently.
The goal of the ethical consultant is to train others in such a way that they can pick up the task and continue to develop their skills. This development means that the location must provide the willing participants with time and resources to develop this internal skill.
This training for your employees to conduct proper inspections is available.