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Revealed: The most crucial step of your health and safety risk management system audit

by , 31 March 2014
Auditing your health and safety risk management system isn't enough. After your audit, you need to carry out one of the most difficult steps in the audit: Evaluating and summarising the audit findings. Read on to find out how to do this effectively.

You must make sure your health and safety management system works

The Health & Safety Advisor says it costs thousands to implement a system but, and if it doesn't work, your employees could be in danger and you could face penalties.

That's why it's important that your audit your system.

One of the steps you can't afford to skip during this process is evaluating and summarising the audit findings.

Here's what you need to do…
 

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How to evaluate and summarise findings after you've audited your health and safety risk management system

The Health & Safety Advisor says that's because it's at this point that you do a final evaluation and determine the outcome of the audit. And the outcome of an audit can have a huge impact on the people involved and this may put extreme pressure on you (the auditor).

If you want to avoid problems at this stage, make sure you communicate openly with your audit team throughout the audit.

This will ensure that significant deviations are discussed as they're discovered and not just dumped on you at the end of the process. It'll also give you the chance to clarify any issues you may have.

Once all findings have been substantiated, allocate points and finalise the status of the system.

The important point is that you (the auditor) or your audit team always maintains professionalism and ensures there's no bias in the findings. All the findings must be substantiated and evidence must be documented.

It's that simple. Evaluating and summarising the audit findings will give you an opportunity to see whether or not your health and safety management system works. So don't skip this step.



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