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Why Safety Audits Are Important

Why Safety Audits Are Important

If you want to know just how well your current safety plan is working, test it. With safety audits, you can take control of your crews lift and rigging plans and reduce your risk of workplace safety citations from the top down.

Why Do Crews Conduct Safety Audits?

Safety audits are an added expense, a time-consuming project, and a nerve-wracking process, which makes most employers wonder, “Why should I spend on a safety audit for my crew?”

  • Prevent Dangerous Situations

    You shouldn’t wait until an accident happens to modify your safety plan. Making the right safety changes now allows you to minimize the potential risks later.

  • Correct Bad Crew Behavior

    No crew likes to be scolded for a safety violation. Fortunately, safety audit citations can help crews correct their bad behavior before someone else does.

  • Save Money

    Workplace citations aren’t cheap. You can easily minimize the cost of on-the-job accidents, worker replacement, and potential legal help just by adapting your safety routine to the results of your audit.

  • Evaluate Each Crewmember

    Safety is significant at all levels of employment. With a thorough safety audit, you can easily evaluate the performance of your supervising staff and entry-level employees to understand if each member is following the same safety plan.

What Do Crews Look for in Safety Audits?

OSHA doesn’t require crews to perform safety audits, but it does provide tools to help employers get them right. The OSHA “Safety and Health Program Audit Tool” breaks down audits into seven sections, including:

  • Management Leadership

    Determines how effectively management assigns responsibility, whether they encourage crewmember contributions to the safety plan, and how well they define safety goals on site.

  • Worker Participation

    Evaluates whether workers are encouraged to participate in the safety plan, how quickly their safety concerns are addressed, and if they’re informed on how to report their concerns.

  • Hazard Identification and Assessment

    Inspects whether crews evaluate their workplace for safety concerns along with which hazards the crew identifies in the emergency plan and compares them to trends in illness and injury data.

  • Hazard Prevention and Control

    Assesses if crews use hazard control plans to prioritize controls, if workers are involved in selecting the controls, and if they track control from implementation to completion.

  • Education and Training

    Measures how well crewmembers with assigned roles are trained for those roles, whether workers can ask questions, and if employees receive guidance when needed.

  • Program Evaluation and Improvement

    Analyzes the use of performance indicators, whether performance data is shared with workers, and if crews modify the programs to improve any weaknesses.

When auditing each section of a safety plan, evaluate items by marking level of implementation found and write in an explanation to substantiate your claim.  

If you want to get the biggest return out of your safety audit, listen to your results and dedicate time to making corrective action. At Florida Wire & Rigging, we host seminars on accident prevention, product training, and equipment inspections to help each crew understand how to navigate safety audits and improve their safety plan on site. For more information on our list of products and services, call us today at 800-846-0309.