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3 Tips to ensure your internal health and safety audit is a success

by , 13 April 2016
Before you know it you'll be required to conduct yet another health and safety audit over all your health and safety systems and procedures.

Here, you'll have the choice of either an internal or an external health and safety audit. And should you opt for the internal option, you will be allowed to select a competent employee of yours to carry out the audit in the workplace.

In order to ensure he's successful in his health and safety audit, give him the following 3 tips...

Before you know it you'll be required to conduct yet another health and safety audit on all your health and safety systems and procedures.
 
You'll have the choice of either an internal or an external health and safety audit. And should you opt for the internal option, you will be allowed to select a competent employee, who has the necessary skills and experience to conduct a proper health and safety audit in your w orkplace. 
 
In order to ensure their successful in their health and safety audit, give them the following 3 tips…
 
Tip#1: Be precise
 
Your auditor, in carrying out the audit, will more than likely ask your employees questions in order to gather any relevant information.
 
Remind him that he shouldn't phrase any of his questions too loosely, otherwise any valuable information will be too diluted.
 
Instead, he should say exactly what he means.
 
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Tip#2: Be prepared before going into the audit
 
Your auditor should plan well for his audit before jumping into it.
 
This will ensure that no time is wasted gathering information he could have gotten earlier, and it will help save time by him knowing exactly what needs to be done.
 
Keep in mind that employees will tend to not co-operate with an auditor who's ill-prepared.
 
Tip#3: Discern what's truly important
 
Your auditor shouldn't spend too much time on certain factor.
 
For example, he mustn't place all the emphasis on human error, because such errors are inevitable within every company. In other words, if you investigate any company, you're sure to find countless cases of human error, even from the auditor himself!
 
So here you should encourage your auditor to not focus too much on small human errors, but rather on evidence that leads to a big shortfall in the health and safety management system.
 
 
*Those were 3 tips to give your internal auditor. In doing this, you'll help ensure a successful audit from his side.
 
To learn of other tips to give your internal auditor, go to Chapter H 06 in your Health and Safety Advisor handbook, or click here if you don't already have it.
 

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