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How To Conduct Safety And Health Self-Audits

A systematic evaluation of your safety and health situation is an important facet of your overall program. Do not wait for accidents to happen before you check and inspect.

Safety and health consciousness tends to slip over time, and it is your responsibility to make sure that does not happen. A well-prepared and well-executed safety audit/inspection program can make a substantial difference in accident prevention.

An objective of a self-inspection program is the discovery of conditions and work practices that could lead to job accidents and industrial illnesses, through specific methodical auditing, checking, and inspection procedures, then correcting them.

Program Benefits

In addition to its direct accident prevention role, the inspection program:

  • Informs management of the "safety status" of the organization.
  • Uses inspection time most efficiently.
  • Provides a consistent method of recording observations.
  • Reduces the possibility of important items being overlooked.

Purposes of Inspections

  • Spotlight unsafe conditions and equipment.
  • Focus on unsafe work practices or behavior trends before they lead to injuries.
  • Reveal the need for new safeguards.
  • Involve many more employees in the safety program.
  • Re-evaluate the safety standards of the organization.
  • Compare safety results against safety plans.
  • Gauge the relative success of safety training efforts.
  • Anticipate problems in advance of any OSHA inspection.