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Do you know what to do AFTER you complete a health and safety audit?

by , 21 May 2014
Many employers think completing a health and safety audit is the end of their health and safety obligations.

The truth is you must carry out post audit activities. It's the only way to ensure your health and safety audit is a success.

Continue reading to find out what you must do after you complete a health and safety audit.

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Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer

When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses?

Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations?

There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations.

Health and safety laws apply to EVERY company, if you have more than 20 employees you have even greater obligations.

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What's the purpose of conducting a health and safety audit?

Before we get to your post-audit activities, let's first highlight the importance of doing a health and safety audit.

The Health & Safety Advisor says conducting a health and safety audit will help you:
 

  • Identify existing deficiencies;
  • Measure the progress since your last evaluation;
  • Review compliance with new requirements;
  • Re-prioritise performance improvement efforts; and
  • Establish safety and health programmes that are more effective and efficient.

So what must you do after you complete the health and safety audit?

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Here are your crucial post health and safety audit activities

After the audit, the auditor must prepare and distribute the audit checklist, deviations and corrective actions.

If, for example, he found that employees don't use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) properly, he must include this and what you must do to remedy the situation.

Managers have duties too.

After the audit, 'each responsible manager must deal with the deviations and areas of improvement revealed during the course of the audit,' says the Health & Safety Advisor.

But, the auditor's job isn't completely finished yet.

He also has to make sure managers implement corrective action within the set time.

He can then decide to carry out a follow-up audit to verify proper implementation of corrective action.

Now that you know all about post health and safety audit activities, make sure you comply to ensure your audit is a success.

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