Definition - What does Safety Audit mean?
A safety audit is a structured process whereby information is collected relating to the efficiency, effectiveness, and reliability of a company's total health and safety management system.
Safety audits serve two broad purposes:
- They are routinely conducted in order to determine whether the company is in compliance with safety legislation. These can be performed by representatives of a regulatory body or by the company itself.
- They are used to identify weaknesses in their safety programs and processes. These audits are then used as a guide for designing safety plans or to identify corrective actions that should be undertaken.
Safeopedia explains Safety Audit
A safety audit is a more thorough process than technical inspections or spot-check inspections.
In addition to ensuring compliance, safety audits also review the company's safety documentation and determine whether their record-keeping systems are adequate or need to be more robust. They will also look beyond the current activity in the workplace and evaluate the company's safety training.
A safety audit can involve a walk-through of the facility, interviewing management or employees, and reviewing company documentation.
Safety audits are beneficial because they:
- Promote constant review of systems to ensure that they do not become weakened by habit
- Facilitate planned improvements to programs, policies, and procedures
- Help to identify weaknesses in human resources departments
- Help to demonstrate management’s dedication to employee health and safety