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The three characteristics you need for a spotless health and safety audit

by , 12 August 2016
The three characteristics you need for a spotless health and safety auditHealth and safety audits are something we all have to do on a regular basis. In them you'll look into your health and safety system to identify any new problems, to determine your progress from the last evaluation, to reprioritise areas you should improve on, and make your overall health and safety system is as efficient as possible.

But that's easier said than done. And just because health and safety audits are a regular requirement in the workplace, that doesn't necessarily mean that all of us are good at conducting them.

You see, in order to conduct an effective health and safety audit, you need to possess the right characteristics.

And in this article, I'll show you what they are...

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The three characteristics you need for a spotless health and safety audit

 
 
CHARACTERISTIC#1: Concision

I'm talking about the ability to be to the point, and to know what's truly important without dragging on too much on any single factor during a health and safety audit.

Here's how you can be more concise:

For example, an auditor mustn't place all the emphasis on human error, because such errors are inevitable within every company. Instead, he must focus on evidence that leads to a big shortfall in the health and safety management system.
 
CHARACTERISTIC#2: Organisation

For an effective health and safety audit, an 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.
 
You can do all this through a Health and Safety Schedule, which effectively allocates time to every part of the audit. Page over to Chapter H 06 in your Health and Safety Advisor handbook.
 
 
CHARACTERISTIC#3: Precision
 
An auditor, in carrying out his audit, will more than likely ask your employees questions in order to gather any relevant information. And when doing this, 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, hence the need for precision when carrying out a health and safety audit.
 
If you work on those three characteristics, you'll more than likely be on the right track to conducting a spotless health and safety audit next time.
 

*To learn more on health and safety audits, page over to Chapter H 06: Health and Safety Audits, in your Health and Safety Advisor handbook, or click here to order your copy today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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