Is there a difference between health and safety audits and health and safety inspections?

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 06 May. 2014

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Many employers think health and safety audits and health and safety inspections are the same thing. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are differences between these two safety management activities. And you need to know what they are to fully comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Here’s how health and safety audits and inspections differ…


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The difference between health and safety audits and inspections explained

The Health & Safety Advisor says “a health and safety audit is a process that confirms and validates your compliance.”

When you do an audit, you’re basically asking yourself questions to find out whether or not you’re in line with safety laws.

On the other hand, when you do inspections, you’re not answering questions as you would in an audit. You only check what actually happens in your workplace against documents that define what should happen in your workplace.

There are a few other points you need to bear in mind when it comes to health and safety audits and inspections…


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Keep these points in mind when it comes to health and safety audits and inspections

When you conduct thorough inspections, you’ll:
  • Quickly identify workplace hazards
  • Be able to analyse these hazards
  • Be able to analyse the risks attached to these hazards and take corrective measures to ensure employees work in a healthier and safer environment.

You need to do a full health and safety audit at least once a year, you’ll ask questions to help you to monitor if your company is still compliant with safety laws. (For a list of these questions, check out the chapter in your Health and Safety Advisor.

The bottom line: While there’s a differences between these safety management activities, the common thread is you must conduct both activities to comply with the OHSA.

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