Guide to Inspection Mirrors

Different Features of an Inspection Mirror

All inspection mirrors is a mirror that is a mounted to a pole via a hinge making it easier to view places that are tough to get to and require a difficult angle to view with ease. There are other features that differentiate inspection mirrors, listed below:

Flat faced Inspection mirror – An inspection mirror that has no curvature in the mirror meaning it gives less of a panoramic effect than a convex shaped mirror, making it easier to view a specific area. Often used in the food processing and food industry.

Convex Inspection mirror – Like an outdoor convex mirror, an inspection mirror that has a convex shaped mirror face, making the field of view larger meaning a larger area can be searched quickly. Often used in under vehicle inspections due to the extended field of view allowing for the centre of vehicles to be searched without having to reach the mirror into the centre of the vehicle.

Inspection mirror with a light – An inspection mirror with a light can be a flat faced or convex inspection mirror.  The light can either be in the centre of the mirror itself or can sometimes be mounted on the pole handle at an angle which directs the light onto the mirror. Both methods are effective and when deciding between them, the deciding factor should come down to whether you want to prioritize the surface area of mirror, or alternatively sacrifice some quality of the lighting. An Inspection mirror with a light is effective in environments where lighting is difficult, and due to this are commonly used in under vehicle inspections.


Who Needs an Inspection Mirror

Due to their portability, functionality, and usefulness they have a unique ability to be utilised over a diverse range of assignments in a variety of different industries. They allow for visibility of hard to see areas form a upright, standing position eliminating the need to crouch down and cause potential injury. Inspection Mirrors are widely utilised by different facets of security to perform under vehicle inspections to detect concealed explosives, drugs or weapons.

Under carriage inspection mirrors are commonplace in the automotive and transportation industries to examine vehicles and trailers in order identify components needing repair and parts requiring replacement. State automotive and vehicle emissions inspection stations prefer the models with lights and wheels. With these options, users can easily roll the mirrors underneath cars and the lights will illuminate dark areas. It is not uncommon for lorry drivers to stow an inspection mirror in the cab of their rig in order to perform roadside inspections.

The food service industry is able to rely on an inspection mirror to review food prep areas, storage areas, and cooking equipment for signs of dirt, rodents or other undesirables where they could run the risk of costly violations from the health inspector.


Benefits of Having an Inspection Mirror

  • · Easier to view difficult to reach areas.

  • · Less chance of injury to the user due to less crouching and having to work in uncomfortable positions that put unnecessary strain on the body.

  • · An inspection mirror with a light allow for dark difficult to reach areas to be viewed.

  • · Inspection mirrors are portable.

  • · Inspection mirrors are highly durable.