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Three steps to a foolproof safety audit

by , 04 August 2014
Once you put your safety programme into action, how do you ensure it's working? It may look like it's working on the surface but is it really?

To answer that question you must assess your workplace. The best way to do this is with a health and safety audit!

These may seem complicated but the truth is with the right management and planning you can master the safety audit. To get you started on the road to mastery, use these three steps for a foolproof safety audit...

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Use these three steps to ensure your safety audit is foolproof

The aim of a safety audit is to ensure your health and safety programme works and that everything is under control in your workplace. To ensure you achieve this goal, you should use these three steps:
Step #1: Use a group of questions you must get answers to in a particular order
You'll use these questions to guide you through the audit process. You can base your audit questions on your audit protocol. The law and international standards determine these protocols.
You can ask your safety auditor to design these questions. 
Step #2: Write an audit report
The report must list all the issues that you got the answer 'no' to. These are your 'audit findings' and they detail the results of what works in your health and safety programme and what doesn't. Your report depends on your protocol and the way you write it.
Step #3: Develop an action plan to correct the problems in your health and safety plan
You may need to include some of the actions that you need to take in your 'Objectives and Targets' for the audit. 
Those actions you put in your Objectives and Targets are the ones you'll need to plan and budget for.
These three steps are the basic outline for the safety audit process. To find out more about how to do safety audits keep reading FSP Business or check out the Health and Safety Advisor.
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One simple step to win over any labour inspector
By law if you operate any machinery in your workplace, you must display the General Machinery Regulations Schedule D (Or Schedule C if you use boilers) where your employees can see it. This will be one of the first things a labour inspector will look for.

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