Any type of workplace accident can be a devastating event. Someone can be injured or worse - killed. During this type of an event property, equipment or materials can be damaged or even destroyed. What's worse the business could come to a complete standstill. All of these things can happen if all efforts are not made to protect employees. One way to accomplish this is to perform a safety audit. This is an examination of the work area to make sure it is as safe as possible and all potential hazards are corrected or removed. Our training products on Safety Audits inform employees about the goals of a safety audit, and how all workers should become involved. The topic in these materials include A workplace analysis, administrative controls, engineering controls, personal protective equipment, emergency response procedures and many more informative topics.
OSHA SAFETY AUDIT INFORMATION - A survey by OSHA personnel revealed that more than 85% of employers conduct voluntary self-audits of safety and health conditions, a 60% increase from a similar survey performed several years earlier. The survey found that self-audits are performed for a number of reasons, with three of them being the most common.
- Careful inspections can reduce injury and illness rates within the workplace by identifying present hazards. Staying on top of potential hazards is considered the right thing to do by many employers.
- Performing self-audits and acting upon any findings helps sustain compliance with OSHA regulations. Routine self-audits are a cost-effective method of ensuring compliance with OSHA regulations. Performing self-audits can quickly identify safety hazards that need to be corrected prior to formal inspections.
- Costs associated with occupational safety and health hazards, beyond potential fines, can be reduced if hazards are corrected. Man-hours lost through workers compensation and sick leave can be reduced and productivity can remain high.