Definition - What does Safety Audit mean?
Generally, a safety audit is a structured process whereby information is collected relating to the efficiency, effectiveness, and reliability of the total health and safety management system of a company. Safety audits are conducted in compliance with legislation, and are used as a guide for designing plans for corrective actions within a health and safety program.
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Safeopedia explains Safety Audit
A safety audit examines and determines whether or not a company's daily activities and processes conform to their planned health and safety arrangements as well as government laws. An audit further identifies whether or not the planned arrangements are implemented effectively, and are suitable to achieve the organization's or company’s health and safety policy objectives. Often it is a failure in health and safety management that results in a serious incident. Safety audits assist in identifying failures within a system, process, or program and the information gathered helps to determine the best course of corrective action.
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