Use the three tips to plan the perfect health and safety audit

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 02 May. 2014

Tags: safety audits, health and safety audits, audits, tips for health and safety audits, occupational health and safety act

The planning phase is key to a successful safety audit. If you overlook this phase, you WILL fail to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), your employees WILL get injured and you WILL incur fines or face jail time. That’s right. Overlooking something so simple can cripple your business. Are you prepared to take that risk? Read on to discover three useful tips that’ll help you plan your health and safety audit and comply with the OHSA.


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If you want your safety audit to be a success, apply these three tips…

#1: Get familiar with the relevant documents. You (the auditor) must familiarise yourself with the relevant documents. For example, your company’s Health and Safety policy manual, procedures and instructions, legal registers and completed forms.

#2: Consider general health and safety requirements, specifications, standards, incident information (stats), previous audit reports and specific information on problem areas.

After studying these documents, prepare a checklist for the area you’re auditing.

You can use this checklist as a guideline for the audit.

When you compile the checklists, make sure the relevant people understand each and every aspect.

If you want to find out why checklists are crucial when doing health and safety audits, check out this article.

That’s not all. Keep reading to find out one more crucial safety audit tip.


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#3: Set the duration of the safety audit. You must agree with the relevant people on the time schedule for the length of the audit.

The Health & Safety Advisor says an audit shouldn’t take longer than two hours.

“If you think it will take longer due to variations in the size of sections or areas being audited, consider spreading the audit over a longer period.”

There you have it. Using these three tips will help ensure you conduct the perfect health and safety audit that complies with OHSA standards. For more info on safety audits, check out Audit Smart. It has everything you need to know about health and safety audits.

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