What is health and safety audit?

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Kajal Thakur
Kajal Thakur 4 months ago

In any organization and factory employee safety is very important. As an integral part of a safety management system, safety audits are often cited as the key process to examine and identify weaknesses in work procedures. It is the only program that can help you anticipate and tackle safety issues by:

  • Conducting routine inspections to ensure constant compliance
  • Identifying safety violations and communicating audit results
  • Assessing management involvement and safety adherence by staff
  • Periodic maintenance of machinery to identify underlying threats
  • Ensuring statutory compliance to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other regulations.
  • Recommending improvements in the companies safety policy.

There are three principal types of safety audits, segregated based on the data it captures. They are:

  1. Compliance Audit
  2. Program Audit
  3. Management System Audit
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Vikas Bhardwaj
Vikas Bhardwaj 4 months ago

A health and safety audit is an expert assessment of an organization’s health and safety policies, systems, and procedures. 

A health safety audit should address:

  • Are current procedures and systems correct and delivering the expected outcomes? Is the organization protecting the wellbeing of the workforce and complying with the relevant regulations? 

Why have a health and safety audit? 

  1. Health and safety audits reveal much more than just what is going wrong. They also highlight successes and enable employers to praise the people who are getting it right.  
  2. Setting up a safety audit system doesn't just protect employees and customers from injury and illness. It motivates staff by showing them that their employer is serious about their well-being.
  3. A correctly conducted safety audit can safeguard a company’s assets. A serious health and safety incident can lead to unfavorable publicity that damages trade. 
  4. When the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brings prosecutions for health and safety breaches, they invariably cite failures that an audit would have highlighted. Prosecutions can lead to enormous fines and legal costs, even imprisonment.
  5. Every employer is legally obliged to have a health and safety policy in place. This should be in writing if there are five or more employees. Without an audit, it's impossible to be sure that your policy is fit for purpose. So, as well as a health and safety policy, you need a safety audit policy. 
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