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Consider these three things when you choose which departments to include in your safety audit

by , 11 August 2014
When you do a safety audit, you can't cover your entire company. This means you need to select a few departments to create a sample of your health and safety programme.

But if you have 20 departments how do you select which ones to audit? After all, if you select the wrong ones, you may miss really big problems elsewhere.

That's why you need to put some thought into which departments you want to include in your annual safety audit. To help you do this, consider these three things...


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When you choose which departments to include in your safety audit consider these three things

 
When you select the departments you want to audit, keep the sample a manageable size. Trying to audit half your company on your own isn't realistic. Rather keep to an audit sample of between 15% - 25% of your company.
 
to make up this sample, consider:
 
1. Who you audited last time
If you audit the same departments each time, your sample becomes very static. You need to audit different departments each time so you can get a different perspective of your company's health and safety.
 
2. Which departments have new employees, procedures or equipment
Departments that have new employees, procedures or equipment may have more health and safety problems than others. Include them in your audit to ensure your safety procedures work in these trouble spots.
 
3. Are there any departments that have a high accident rate over the last six months
Departments with high accident rates may have problems in their health and safety process.
 
There you have it: Consider these three things when you choose which departments to include in your health and safety audit.
 

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