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Health and Safety Audit

Health and Safety Audit

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Safety audit definition and explanation, Safety auditing isa core safety management activity providing a means of identifying potentialproblems before they have an impact on safety. A safety audit is a general termused to describe an activity where the facility gathers information about oneor more aspects of the workplace to evaluate the risk levels for health orsafety issues. HSE audit assessment of an organizations health and safetypolicies systems and procedures primarily audits enable you to protectemployees and customers from harm, What are the types of audits, What areinternal audits, That is normally performed by the internal team to evaluatethe current state as an effect of a management system, What are external audits,It is the second type of audit which is usually conducted by a third party toevaluate and examine the effectiveness of the current management system. Whatare the sources of evidence auditors look for, 1. For example, methodstatement, HSE policy procedures, training record, maintenance record,inspection record, risk assessment, incident records, civil claims, accidentinvestigation reports, statutory examinations record etc. The steps to carryout an audit, An audit is carried out in three steps. 1. priority preparations.Auditors use three methods to gather factual information, One the scope of theaudit Will it cover just health and safety or environmental management as well,Two, the area of the audit. Will it be just one department or all departments, Three,the extent of the audit, The fully comprehensive audit which may take weeks ormore selectively for who will be required. Auditors will need to be accompaniedduring their visit and will need access to managers and workers for informationgathering. Five, information gathering, It is common practice for auditors toask for copies of relevant documentation before starting the audit so that theycan prepare what is needed during the audit, Auditors use three methods togather factual information, One, reference to paperwork. The documents andrecords that indicate what should be happening and what has happened, relevantto a particular issue, Two, interviews, Word of mouth evidence was given bymanagers and workers. Three, direct observation of the workplace equipmentactivities and behaviour. What is the end of the audits, Verbal feedback orpresentation to the management team is usually provided at the end of an audit.This verbal feedback will be followed by a written report. The report will makea recommendation for improvement and indicate priorities and timescales. The importanceof conducting a safety audit. Organizations conduct safety audits to complywith laws or regulations and to provide a safe workplace for everyone. A safetyaudit identifies different levels of risk in each work area of an organization.One identify the risks and levels of those risks within the workplace. Two, toidentify strengths and weaknesses in your safety procedures. Three, assesswhether your safety procedures are legally compliant. Four, compare currentdocumentation and practices against best practice and legal obligations. Five,recommend improvements in your safety procedures. Six, ensure that there areadequate resources available to manage OHS and Seven, ensure that the resourcesdevoted to health and safety are being utilized effectively. What is theprimary purpose of a safe self audit, To ensure employee compliance with theorganizations safety programs. A safety self audit is conducted by an employerto assure the organization that employees are following safety related policiesand procedures.How many types of safety audits are there, There are three maintypes of audits, One, product audit, Two, process audit, Three, system audit.

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