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Don't think you need to do a safety audit? Here's seven reasons why you should

by , 04 August 2014
Some employers think once they put their health and safety programme into rollout mode, they've finished their work.

If you're one of these employers, then you're making a big health and safety mistake. You see things can change very quickly when you're not looking. This means that health and safety programme you're so proud of may not work anymore.

This is where a health and safety audit is so vital. It'll help you assess what's not working and how you can fix it.

Still not convinced? Well here's seven reasons why your health and safety programme may fall apart without a safety audit...

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Seven reasons why you need to do a health and safety audit on your company

 
Reason #1: It allows you to gather factual information based on unbiased evaluations and evidence.
 
Reason #2: It'll help you systematically assess objective evidence and present facts about your health and safety programme.
 
Reason #3: It'll give your senior management an undistorted view of health and safety in a written report.
 
Reason #4: It promotes communication between the lowest and highest levels of staff, enabling everyone to suggest ways to improve.
 
Reason #5:  It can evaluate the level of a person's skills or training and can determine job effectiveness.
 
Reason #6: It'll determine an unbiased status of equipment throughout your company and shows its physical condition and maintenance requirements.
 
Reason #7: It can provide information that could lead to more effective staff training on health and safety practices. 
 
The most important reason for you to do a safety audit is to find out what you need to fix in your health and safety programme. This way you can stay legally compliant and your employees can stay safe.
 
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Your Health and Safety role is not exactly an easy one!

Right now, the headaches, stresses, time-drainers and financial costs of Health and Safety in your company seem endless. You're having to constantly stay on top of changes and updates being made to laws and regulations – and implementing these changes.
 

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