How to Conduct Safety Audit ?

When You are working into safety field , irrespective of your designation safety officer, safety engineer or safety manager. You must be familiar with “Safety Audit strategies” and the way of conducting It.
Unless & Until You Knew “What is Safety Audit “ and their application , You could never execute it in right way. 
 
What is Safety Audit ? 
How To Conduct an Safety Audit ? 
 
For all these above mentioned Questions , You will get an answers in these Post. 
 
What is Safety Audit ?
 
Systematic examination of total health and safety management system , that looks for objective evidence in order to identify the Gaps or Deviations with in the Health and safety Management system. 
 
Normally the deviations are identified in three ways, 
  • The Current Health and Safety Performance compared to the organisation Goals 
  • The Current standards exist in the work place with comparison to the Organisation Safety Standards (Already If Derived) 
  • The Workplace Health and safety practices , systems with comparison to the legal requirements set by the government. 
  • The Current Health and Safety standards with Comparison to the external interested parties requirements (Like Insurance companies , parent Companies , etc) 
How To Conduct an Safety Audit ?
To Conduct an Successful Safety audit , You must be familiar with Health and Safety standards , industrial hazards , legal requirements , the requirements of External interested parties applicable to the company , the different elements of Health and safety management system and more. 
 
In Real time , the safety auditors are following  different strategies to identify the deviations , how ever the main purpose is to identify the deviation with in the system comparison to the application Health and Safety requirements. 
 
Simply , You Could never carry out an successful Safety audit with insufficient information , and You must collect an Objective evidence about the organisation health and safety standards and performance. 
 
Which Can be Collected through, 
  • Physical Observation of Workplace to identify hazards and deviation from standards 
  • Interviewing relevant personal including managers and supervisors , for seeking verbal evidence 
  • Analyzing Health and safety documents , records and procedures which includes absenteeism records , maintenance records , risk assessment ,accident investigation records , health and safety training records , safety committee records , HSMS Manual , near miss records , employee complaints records , legal register and more. 
What Is Gap / Deviation from the Standards :
 
The Gap / deviation from the standards are simply , 
  • Insufficient performance Compared to the Goal / aim of the organisation (Planning 50 % reduction in accident rate and achieving only 20 %) 
  • The Lack of actions to meet the legal or other requirements (Example expired fire license for an factory) 
The Safety auditors must identify all the gaps within the company , be cross comparison of different evidences collected through physical observation, verbal interview, analyzing documents and records.
 
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What is the Mandatory Qualification for Safety auditors ? 
 
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