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Safety Audit

1.Introduction to Safety Audit:

A safety audit is used to describe an activity where a facility gathers information about one or more aspects of the workplace in order to evaluate the risk levels for health or safety issues. During this audit one or more people will gather data related to the efficiency, reliability, and effectiveness of their health and safety systems.

What is Safety Audit:

 

Is a process in which an organization’s safety procedures, policies, equipment, etc. are examined carefully to see if they are effective.   

 

Safety audits serve two broad purposes:

  • They are routinely conducted in order to determine whether the company is in compliance with safety legislation. These can be performed by representatives of a regulatory body or by the company itself.
  • They are used to identify weaknesses in their safety programs and processes. These audits are then used as a guide for designing safety plans or to identify corrective actions that should be undertaken.
  1. a) Fire Safety Audits
  • The occurrence of any fire may cause severe damage to both life and property. A Fire Safety Audit is the most effective tool for assessing the fire safety standards of the organization. It helps the management to identify areas where improvement can be made and develop an action plan, in addition to emergency preparedness and mock drills.
  1. b) Electrical Safety Audits
  • Most of the fire accidents happen due to faulty electric circuits, connections and system. This is a threat to human lives and property in the form of shocks, burns, injuries and explosions, which also cause damage to expensive communication, loss of data etc.
  • Electrical audit is conducted as per The CEA Regulation and related standards.

Why Safety Audit:

  • To comply with laws or regulations and to provide a safe workplace for everyone;
  • Identify different levels of risk in each work area of an organization;
  • the workplace will be safer
  • Reduced likelihood of worker injury, illness, and death. 

 

What are the benefits Safety audit can protect the business:

  • As an integral part of any safety management system, periodic audit only can reveal to know whether it is actually working or not;
  • Review of controls and regular auditing allows to identify areas where it is occurring and to know how to correct;
  • Regular feedback on the safety management system and to avoid potential losses to improve the company’s safety performance;
  • Safety audits allow to find where additional training is needed and to help the workforce;
  • Demonstrating the company’s commitment to safety of employees, potential customers and Government regulations.

Applicable to:

  • Safety Audits are done for High Rise Buildings, Hotels, Malls, Hospitals, Educational Institutions, Commercial Complexes, Banks and all sizes of industries etc.
  • Electrical Safety Audit is applicable for different sectors of industries like Power, IT parks, hospitality, Tele-com and more.

Approach:

  1. Assesses the current level of prevention, protection and emergency preparedness.
  2. Prepares an action plan to upgrade safety inputs to avert mishaps and limit consequences.
  3. Carries out a systematic, critical appraisal of all potential hazards
  4. Guides to meet the legal requirements of health and safety management systems.
  5. Collection of information, analysis of data, making a schedule, site study,
  6. Identification of the activities that can lead to major fires and explosions.
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