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What Is the Difference Between a Safety Inspection and a Safety Audit?

Q: What is the difference between a safety inspection and a safety audit?

A safety inspection involves a thorough and systematic examination of the physical conditions and workplace practices of an organization. This will include and examination of all equipment to determine whether safeguards are operating and to identify any potential hazards. The inspector will also observe workplace practices to ascertain whether any unsafe procedures are being carried out. The goal of safety inspection is to identify hazards in order to eliminate, guard or protect against them.

A safety audit is carried out in order to gauge the effectiveness of an organization's safety inspections processes. It will also analyze the effectiveness of training plans and systems within the organization. Whereas a safety inspection is carried out by someone familiar with the workplace, a safety audit is done by someone external to the organization.

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