Importance of Safety Audit
Organizations conduct Safety Audits to comply with laws or regulations and to provide a safe workplace for everyone.
- Safety audit identifies different levels of risk in each work area of an organization.
- Audit findings tell organization about potential threats to employs and visitors.
- If the organization implements audit findings it well makes the workplace safer.
A systematic approach component will make a safety audit more effective:
- Create an area specific audit checklist, which includes minimum safety standards for each work area and possible safety issues.
- Read all safety policies and procedures, safety meeting agendas, Material Safety Data Sheets, previous inspection reports, and reports of accidents and injuries.
- A well-designed audit demonstrates how an organization has performed since the most recent inspection.
- Conduct a formal inspection by visiting all work areas again. If a work area is not compliant with an item on the checklist, it’s important to record that finding.
- Auditor must also ask questions of on-duty managers and workers to ensure that enough information is collected to prepare a complete report.
- All the evidences and reference photographs must be collected.
- Executive summery to be prepared and presented during closing meeting.
- All the quires raised during closing meeting to be answered.
- Draft report to be sent to the auditee for comments.
- Send the final report with recommendations to the auditee.
Safety Audits are vital to ascertain if the standards are maintained and functioning well to prevent accidents. It also motivates the organization to continuously work with safety issues in mind even with their busy work preventing unnecessary risks and saving lives.