Safety Audit within an Organization

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April 5, 2013 — 2,322 views  
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Safety audit is the key to accident prevention. Job accidents and health issues within an organization are nothing new or unanticipated. However, if these things begin to happen rather too frequently, there’s something amiss. The organization needs to focus on safety and take preventive measures or remedial measures to bring down the accident rate. Safety audit is nothing more than the routine checking to ensure things are moving smoothly. Safety and health checks when missed frequently lead to immediate adverse impact. So, health and safety can be ignored at a great risk, while self-inspection programs ensure individual and organizational health and well-being. 

Benefits of Safety Audits

Preventive measures like safety audit directly helps in accident prevention. Additionally, the management ever remains on its toes. They are constantly aware of safety issues within their organization. By being aware of it, not only will you find increased productivity and efficiency, but also lesser number of job accidents. In other words, the management can use the inspection time in an efficient manner. Safety audits are a way to consistently record observations. Additionally, while important issues might generally be overlooked, there is lesser possibility of this kind of negligence with regular safety checks.

Plant engineers are especially aware of the importance of safety checks. They conduct inspection tours in order to ensure preventive maintenance. The equipments used, undergo wear and tear that needs to be maintained regularly so that the organization can function smoothly, and workers do not suffer hazards. Additionally, the organization needs to follow work procedures that are safe. 

Safety Inspections

The purpose of safety inspections cannot be emphasized more. It is rather self-evident. Safety inspections serve a number of objectives and purposes. They help track unsafe equipment, work procedures, and conditions. They also help identify behavioral trends or work practices that might possibly lead to injuries. If the safety practices are undertaken at regular intervals they eventually go on to expose the safeguards that might be needed afresh.

One of the most important objectives of safety inspection is to involve more personnel in the task than just the few who are assigned the job. Moreover audits help popularize safety programs within the organization so that they can be re-evaluated. The management will likely gain valuable insights when they compare safety plans against the safety outcome. While safety training should be an integral part of any industrial organization, the success of the training efforts can be determined only when the safety inspection finds and acknowledges positive safety outcomes.  

It is important that all organizations consider safety as a serious issue. If this is their major goal, the outcomes will be positive for the organization. On the other hand, organizational systems those are very hostile to safety, eventually breakdown. Some of the worst industrial disasters, like the Chernobyl disaster, could have been prevented with impeccable safety standards. Upholding the safety standards, safety checks, inspections, and maintenance is the least that needs to be integrated into the organizational system. Additionally, safety awareness and safety training programs must be conducted for everyone within the organization.   

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