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Do you know the seven reasons why you must do a safety audit?

by , 29 May 2014
You have your safety procedures in place and you've done all the groundwork. Now you need to plan your safety audits.

If you think there's no need for this after you've developed a strong policy with effective procedures, you're wrong.

It doesn't matter how much groundwork you've done, you need to keep checking your safety plan is working.

Here are seven more reasons why you must do a safety audit.

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Seven reasons why you must do a safety audit

The Health and Safety Advisor stresses the need for a safety audit in your company for the following reasons:
1. The audit will allow you to gather factual information that comes from unbiased evidence or evaluation;
2. It'll systematically assess all objective evidence and present you with the facts;
3. It gives senior management an undistorted view of the facts in a written report;
4. It promotes communication between all levels of staff. This will help everyone suggest ways you can improve safety;
5. You can evaluate the level of a person's skills or training with a safety audit. You can improve job effectiveness this way;
6. It'll help you determine the status of your equipment in an unbiased way; and
7. It'll provide you with information that can help you improve staff training and health and safety practices.
If those seven reasons aren't enough, the Advisor also says an audit can help you do these five things:
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The five things a safety audit can help you do

A safety audit can also help you:
1. Identify existing holes in your safety programme;
2. Measure the progress of your safety management system since your last audit;
3. Review compliance with new OHS regulations;
4. Prioritise your improvement efforts; and
5. Establish safety regulations that are more effective and efficient.
As you can see, a safety audit is the best way to check if the bulletproof OHS policy and procedures you drew up have any holes in them.

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