Consider these 3 factors to conduct an effective health and safety audit
A health and safety audit is an in-depth look at your health and safety systems. And you're required to conduct them out at least once a year to ensure you are still in line with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Now, when it comes to your health and safety audits, timing is crucial! In other words, you want to use time as efficiently as possible.
To do this, you should plan out an audit schedule that maps out the timing of the audit.
Here are 3 factors to consider when drawing up a health and safety audit schedule...
Factor#1: Location (type and size of the area)
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What department or area you are in can determine the time required to carry out an audit.
For example, an area with lots of complex machinery could take longer a reception area with a seating room.
Is the audit part of a routine? Or is to investigate a specific problem?
The answer can affect your timing. For example, it's pretty safe to assume that investigating a specific problem would require more time than a typical audit based on normal routine.
Factor#3: Team meetings
You will need to factor in the time it takes to conduct audit team meetings, alongside the time it'll take to conduct the audit itself.
These meetings are very important as they are there to discuss any trends which the audit reveals, while it's still in progress. So don't exclude this.
All in all, the purpose of your audit schedule is to ensure solid organisation and the timeous execution of the entire audit process.
You want to ensure that the audit goes on only for as long as it needs to. You don't want to be wasting time. And by considering these 3 factors, you can do just that.
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