Safety Audit

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
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