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Use these seven tips to conduct a perfect safety compliance audit!

by , 17 March 2015
You have to do a compliance audit to assess the degree of safety compliance with requirements of your site-specific health and safety risk management system.

Not sure what that entails?

Read on to find out...

Here's how to do a safety compliance audit

A compliance audit will help you see how effective your safety system is, and if it's achieving its objectives.

To do one, you need to design a testing plan that always looks at these seven areas of your workplace:

1. All incident scenes;

2. High risk operations and hazardous tasks;

3. Every department, even if you only spend ten minutes in a low risk department;

4. Cover some remote operations (if it's off site);

5. Departments with a high injury frequency rate must get specific attention;

6. Cover the deepest, highest and remotest areas; and

7. Scan as many areas as possible while continually zoning in on obvious problems or activities with significant risks.

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Don't forget that it's essential to to keep and file your testing plan and the findings as working documents for future reference.

You also have to evaluate and summarise the audit findings. This is a difficult step in the audit process.

You have the responsibility of doing a final evaluation and determine the outcome of your audit.

Note that you should maintain an open communication with your audit team throughout the safety audit. In this way, all significant deviations are being discussed as you discover them, and not at the last minute.

This is how you can clarify any issues you may have. When you have verified all your findings, you can allocate points and finalise the status of your system.

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