Performing regular internal safety audits is a requirement of the COR and SECOR certification program and will require some time to reflect on your practices and procedures.
This can be a difficult pill to swallow but is well worth the time.
Here’s some advice we have for anyone approaching the daunting task of an internal safety audit whether it’s your first or hundredth internal audit.
Tips for Your Internal Safety Audit
1 - BE OPEN WITH YOUR TEAM
A safe and honest space for performing these inspections can bring to light situations you were not previously aware of.
It is also very important for building a sense of unity within a workplace. Exclusion of any team member interested in participation can result in damage to safety culture as well as camaraderie and morale.
2 - BE OPEN TO CHANGE
That’s what this is all about. In order to create better, safer practices the whole team needs to be ready to flex and change their habits.
Getting stuck in the same rut can be a very dangerous reality in a lot of industries. Try to encourage your team to be ready and willing to do things differently for the good of everyone. Which is what we’re really after is physically and mentally healthy workplaces
3 - ALLOW FOR SELF CRITICISM AND CONGRATULATIONS
It is important to be ready to reflect and criticize yourself individually and as a team.
An internal Audit is the perfect time to take a step back and think about what you could do better.
That being said this is also a very important time to congratulate yourself on the things you are doing right!
Be sure to thank and appreciate the work your team has done and highlight the areas you feel you are performing exceptional safety practices in.
4 - SCHEDULE REGULAR AUDITS GOING FORWARD
If you haven’t already, we recommend coming up with some kind of a audit cycle.
In between these cycles it can be good to have regular safety meetings. Depending on the industry you work in these can happen on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis.
A 15 minute toolbox meeting can be the perfect time to remind ourselves that there are risks around us and our practices have an impact on everyone's safety.
5 - END WITH A CONCRETE LIST OF CHANGES
At the end of each internal audit be sure to work towards a concrete list of changes that need to be made in order to improve safety.
There is always room for improvement and even if thats means one small change each meeting, constant change is necessary for improvement.
WHO IS PERFORMING YOUR SAFETY AUDITS?
While it is not required, we do recommend you bring in a fresh set of eyes to manage your internal safety audits.
Having someone who have experience in several industries and work sites manage your internal audit will provide you with a better quality solution and analysis of your current system.