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If you want to get the right information out of your safety audit, remember this one thing

by , 21 August 2014
The aim of a safety audit is to get information about your health and safety programme that you didn't have before.

This new information will help you improve or fix your health and safety programme so it can be as effective as possible.

But how do you get this information?

Do you just ask safety officers or health and safety representatives?

Not quite.

During your health and safety audit, you have to do and ask more than you normally would about your workplace health and safety. But if you really want relevant information from your audit process, remember this one this...

 

Remember this one thing to get the right information from your safety audit

 
Your employees play a vital rule in your health and safety audit process. They have much more information about your health and safety than you do. They can tell you what works and what doesn't because they have firsthand knowledge of it. 
 
That's why, the thing you must remember, is to involve your employees in your health and safety audit. 
 
But this isn't as easy as just pitching up and asking them a few questions. There are a few things you must consider first.
 
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Consider these things when it comes to involving your employees in your health and safety audit

 
First, you must plan which employees you want to interview. You should interview the manager in each department and then select employees who do different jobs in that department. 
 
Then plan out the questions you want to ask them. This is a guideline - if something more serious comes up, focus on that over your pre-planned questions. 
 
Lastly, remember to approach your employees in the right way. If you demand answers or ask the odd question here and there, your employees won't respond properly and won't give you the right information. 
 
There you have it. You won't get the information you need from your safety audit if you don't include your employees and do safety audit interviews with them.
 


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