New Year Best Approaches to Workplace Safety Audits
The year is still new and almost every business intends to increase its general output and reach its full potential. This means maximising profits and minimising damage, loss, and injuries. One of the best ways to achieve this is by performing a workplace safety audit – an in-depth evaluation of the organisation’s safety framework.
A safety audit is necessary to ensure your current safety policies and procedures meet the set company goals and are up to date. It shows whether your workers are gaining relevant knowledge from their training programs and if they know how to efficiently respond to workplace incidents. It’s also essential for the identification of workplace hazards and risks hence revealing the loopholes that require improvement.
Before you proceed with your evaluation, ensure you’ve installed the necessary fall protection system, such as fall protection posts, for your safety when walking or working on areas with potential fall hazards. Below are the best approaches for conducting safety audits in your workplace in 2021. Please read on.
Planning is very important before you start the audit. You need to communicate to all the personnel in possession of essential records, documents, and procedures. The documents and records are integral to the success of your audits. Collect the records of all the audits that have been conducted since the company’s inception and review all the necessary information to guide you in your next audit. Planning also involves determining the scope of the evaluation and the timeline for the audit.
Gathering Relevant Information
This is an important step where you need to gather important facts about the safety procedures currently operated on by the company. Determine if there are any staff assigned the responsibility of monitoring adherence to the company safety procedures. Inquire also about the knowledge of safety policies and procedures from the management and staff point of view.
Information gathering should involve reviewing the existing safety program. Compare the current program with industry requirements and check whether effective safety training and refresher programs are available for the workers. You can use interviews and questionnaires to assess the workers’ knowledge of key workplace safety elements.
Process and equipment assessment is also necessary to determine the state of safety equipment in the workplace. This is also important to ascertain if incident prevention and response pieces of equipment are properly functional and up-to-date. The audits will tell if the company is facing any shortages of equipment and associated training.
Reviewing Your Findings
After reviewing all the processes, you need to prepare a detailed comprehensive report of your findings. This should be the summary that provides simple, well-explained solutions to the issues affecting safety in the organisation. It should provide answers to any shortcomings in the business and give a way forward on how to improve the business.
You’ll need to provide relevant recommendations for each of the shortcomings in the current safety framework. How can the company respond to the shortcomings to create a safe working environment?
Publishing of Reparative Procedures and Results
Based on the recommendations given, a reparative procedure should be provided for the safety processes that fall short. This should include detailed records of all the steps involved in this process, which should be reviewed and filed for future reference.