Workplace Safety Audits

Workplace Safety Audits

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Workplace Safety Audits: An Investment in Excellence

A workplace safety audit is an essential part of a comprehensive safety program. These tasks, performed by competent managers who are well trained and experienced in safety protocol, help ensure that due diligence is carried out in creating, maintaining and bolstering a safe environment for your employees. A safe environment is a productive environment! That’s why it is imperative that you have proper safety protocol for compliance in WHMIS-GHS, first aid CPR, Competent Supervisor and more.

Workplace safety audits are getting increased attention these days. Why? Conducting a workplace safety audit helps reduce the likelihood of workplace injuries. They help your organization promote itself as a safety leader, a great place to work and a valued member of the community. In other words, workplace safety audits are an investment in excellence. That’s why at Advanced Consulting and Training, we offer valuable services for organizations looking to train their supervisors in managers in performing effective workplace safety audits.

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No Stone Unturned, No Idea or Report Ignored: Due Diligence in Safety Audits

There are different levels of workplace safety audits that are all performed in concert. Supervisors should perform safety audits on an ongoing basis, e.g. weekly, to monitor and coach their employees on effective safety practices. Then there are monthly audits, which include checking employee knowledge and awareness as well as inspections of facilities, emergency gear, personal protective equipment (PPE) and so on. Finally comes the bigger-picture safety audits, conducted annually, which entail not only inspections and testing but a gathering of staff and management to discuss safety concerns and suggestions for improvement.

Documentation of all workplace safety audits is crucial. That’s why it’s important to start with the end in mind. Prepare a series of checklists so that you’ll know what to look for. Then be sure that nothing is overlooked when notating all safety inspections, but the good and what needs to be improved. This way, should you ever be audited by the Ministry of Labour, you can show that due diligence was taken. To find out more about how Advanced Consulting & Training can help with your workplace safety audits, contact us today.

Why Conduct a Workplace Safety Audit?

With a professional safety audit, your organization will be scanned, audited, and scrutinized for gaps, problems, and inefficiencies in your safety programs and measures. The main goals of performing a workplace safety audit are:

  1. Uncovering issues that endanger the health & safety of workers
  2. Identifying areas of non-compliance with standardized health and safety regulations
  3. Assessing opportunities to improve workplace safety measures

Advanced Consulting & Training is a leader in Ontario for workplace safety training and consulting. If your organization needs help with improving your workplace safety, finding gaps, and utilizing opportunities for improvement, we can help you plan, prepare, execute a full workplace safety audit. Contact our team of health and safety professionals to learn more about our safety training and safety consulting services!

Workplace Safety Audit

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A safety audit is done at work sites to determine the efficiency, reliability & effectiveness of the health and safety procedures. These are done to ensure that the company’s day to day activities comply with safety regulations.

The main purposes of a safety audit include:

  • Uncovering issues that potentially endanger people's the health & safety
  • Identifying areas of non-compliance to safety standards and regulations
  • Assessing opportunities to improve workplace safety
There are potential safety risks at any type of workplace, That’s why it’s always a god idea to conduct safety audits for your company no matter the type of business. However, companies in the construction field & companies that require employees to use various machinery such as forklifts & scissor lifts will typically have more risk of injury than an office setting, for example.

It's recommended that any type of business or organization should conduct a safety audit at least once a year. However, it's common practice for larger organizations to perform safety audits every 3-6 months to minimize their risks. Some companies are obligated to perform safety audits at specific dates or intervals based on internal policies, orders from OSHA, or based on pressure from customers or stakeholders.

A safety audit must identify the safety hazards & risk assessment while providing solutions to avoid or mitigate the risks.

The individual that is conducting the safety audit should be a trained professional, so nothing is missed. ACT knows what to look for and can provide up-to-date knowledge and expertise when conducting an audit.

Performing a safety audit can provide a host of benefits for an organization, their employees, and their customers, including:

  • Improved workplace safety
  • Fewer legal claims & implications
  • Less workplace accidents and injuries
  • Improved efficiency
  • Enhanced public image and reputation
  • Increase employee morale and productivity

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