A workplace safety audit is the most comprehensive way for a company to gauge the efficiency, effectiveness and legality of its total health and safety management system. In addition to ensuring that a business remains in compliance with local, state and federal legislation, safety audits have the potential to identify and correct oversights that could, if left unchecked, lead to more serious problems further down the line.
Many employers only conduct one workplace safety audit per year. While this is an essential exercise, it can have the unintended consequence of making safety and compliance seem like a recurring goal that must be achieved once annually, rather than a constant mandate. As the date of an annual audit approaches, there may be a “ramping up” atmosphere created by managers and supervisors working to ensure compliance ahead of the audit. In reality, employers would be better served in performing regular and frequent workplace safety audits, analyzing results, identifying compliance gaps, and corrective action in order to achieve ongoing compliance with Safety regulations.
Competent and objective auditors
A safety audit is a type of risk assessment. This means that you will have to assess potential threats and possible dangers, which can occur at any point within your business’s operations. This also involves looking at the ways in which these dangers can be controlled and minimized, as well as deciding whether they should even be accounted for. A safety audit, thus, doesn’t simply feature: it revisits past risks that have already been addressed and reassesses them in order to see if they are still relevant or represent “legacy risks” that should no longer be concern.
The company that is being audited should tell all affected managers and supervisors to make sure they are prepared to have their area reviewed. This is a great time for them to check over everything, including safety equipment and procedures, along with employee training records.
Perceptive Data Analysis
After inspecting all documents, written programs, procedures, work practices and equipment, the safety audit teams should sift through the collected material to put together a concise report that details all areas of the program. All safety audit comments, recommendations and corrective actions should consider whether the audited program covers all regulatory requirements for safety.
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