Here’s how to draw up a plan for your safety audit interviews

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 05 Aug. 2014

Tags: safety audit, health and safety audit, safety audit interviews, health and safety, health and safety programme

A major part of every health and safety audit is the interviews. These enable you to assess the health and safety standards in your company through the experiences of your employees.

But how do you plan these interviews to ensure you get the most out of them?

Well, first you need to include these interviews in your audit checklist, then you must outline the questions you want to ask each department. Read on to find out how to do this…

Remember to plan your safety audit interviews for each department

First, choose the departments you want to audit. You can’t cover every aspect of health and safety in every department of your company so choose a sample group. 
Next, you must decide who you want to interview in each department. Always speak to the managers and to key employees in each department. Just remember to speak to lower level employees too. These are the people who have to deal with many different safety risks on a day-to-day basis.  
When it comes to interviewing these employees, do spot interviews. This means you don’t have to pre-choose the employee you speak to. Simply stop the employee during his normal work duties and ask him a few questions.
The last step is planning the questions you’re going to ask...
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Here are some questions you should include in your safety audit interview preparation 

When you plan your safety audit interview questions, include some of these:
1. How many accidents have you had in this department in the last six months?
2. What are the most common accidents that happen in your department?  [link]
3. Is your accident documentation up-to-date?
4. What accidents have you had or seen happen?
5. Do you understand all of the safety procedures?
6. What do you think is the most dangerous part of your job?
Remember, the kinds of questions you ask will depend on who you’re interviewing so prepare carefully and your audit interviews will help you improve your health and safety programme easily.
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