Safety audits are a common way to check the adequacy and effectiveness of a company’s health and safety programs. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the agency audited over 39,000 organizations in one year. Over 17,000 of those inspections were labelled as “programmed” or unexpected safety audits. With so many happening each year, it’s important to understand the purpose and importance of safety audits, as well as how to plan and conduct them.
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
Define safety audit
Describe the purpose of a safety audit
Recognize the importance of safety audits and the objectives of a safety audit program
Identify how to plan and conduct a safety audit
Identify how to inspect the work area and work practices
Identify how to formulate corrective action recommendations, make audit reports, and conduct follow-ups