May be more costly
May create anxiety or an
with company policies,
work type and
May offer new information
and potential solutions
Can dedicate a greater
amount of time to and
focus on the evaluation
Usually have greater
expertise and experience
Don’t misinterpret my message. I am not saying that you
should not pay attention to recordable rates as part of your
safety program audit. What I am saying is that you should not
ONLY pay attention to recordable rates. A comprehensive
review of the program and all of its components is
recommended and in some cases required.
What questions should you ask? Here’s a sampling.
When was the last time our written plan was revised?
The written plan should be reviewed and revised regularly
to ensure that current safety standards are included.
are all our employees aware that a written safety
plan exists and understand what it is designed to
As new employees come onboard, management all too
often forgets to inform them of the necessary components of
the safety program.
are employees being trained to recognize hazards in
Employees should be encouraged to perform an informal
job-hazard analysis or a more formal job safety analysis for
How effectively is our safety program being
Go beyond what you have on paper. See how the
program is or is not operating in practice.
Monitor training topics and attendance at training events.
Look at how hazardous chemicals are being managed
(MSDS, storage, etc.). Spend some time in the field
observing how required safety policies and procedures
are put to use.
are all required employees attending training? is the
training/trainer getting the right messages across?
Managers, supervisors and owners all should participate
in safety training. One reason is that the participation
will help to solidify the “management commitment to
safety” component of your program. Just as important,
your attendance will help you monitor what information is
being presented to employees.
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