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What is a Safety Audit?

April 19 Safety Audit

Safety audits are a vital tool for all types of businesses regardless of their size or the industry they work in. Whether you are a cold storage facility, a logistics centre, or an industrial manufacturing facility, a safety audit can be of great value to you and your employees. As a leading provider of safety equipment and third-party audit services, the team at EFAS Safety knows that certain hazards and risks can be difficult to spot without assistance. That is why we have compiled some information outlining what a safety audit is and the benefits they provide.

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Safety Audits – An Overview

A safety audit is a structured process that is used to collect information related to a company’s efficiency, effectiveness, reliability, and safety. An auditor will observe the processes, work environment, the condition of equipment, and other details to gauge these qualities. Safety audits are more thorough than technical inspections or spot-check inspections as auditors will review the company’s safety documentation to determine how they can improve their processes and safety management systems.

The Purpose of a Safety Audit

Safety audits serve two main functions:

  1. To determine if a company complies with applicable safety regulations.
  2. To identify weaknesses in safety processes and outline corrective actions that should be taken to rectify them.

Why Should You Have a Safety Audit Performed?

While safety audits are not required for every workplace, they can help you determine how effective your current safety programs are and highlight potential hazards you may not have noticed on your own. Safety audits can be performed internally by supervisors or employees, though they are often more effective when performed by an independent third-party safety auditor as they can look at your operation objectively.

Some of the main benefits of getting a safety audit for your worksite include:

  • Promoting constant system reviews to ensure they do not become weakened by bad habits.
  • Facilitating planned improvements to programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Helping to identify areas for improvement in the human resources department.
  • Demonstrating a strong dedication to ensuring the overall health and safety of employees.
  • Confirming that employees and management are using safety programs properly.
  • Verifying compliance with applicable safety regulations.
  • Discovering and identifying potential hazards (existing and new).
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of existing management controls.
  • Ensuring a safe workplace for employees, minimizing the risk of an accident or injury.
  • Objectively evaluating the adequacy of the company’s safety training and performance.

To learn more about the benefits of safety audits or to schedule one for your business, get in touch with the team at EFAS Safety. We can be reached by phone at 1-833-294-3327 or through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our services.