With so much focus on operations and bottom line, many organizations neglect to remember the importance of top-of-the-line safety protocols. Being at the forefront of legal changes and best practices is crucial for ensuring the safety of employees at all levels and departments in your organization. Regular safety audits can be impactful in exposing changes that need to be made to your facility, so that the appropriate steps can be taken in a timely manner. As an employer, it’s your job to make safety audits a priority, so potentially dangerous accidents can be prevented.
Once your team has completed a safety audit, here are some key tips for effectively implementing new practices based on the results of the audit and establishing best practices to move forward with.
Review Safety Audit Results With Your Team
After any safety audit, it’s important to gather all your managers and supervisors for a thorough debrief of findings and corrective action requirements. Make sure your team is aware of all documents, written programs, procedures, practices and equipment that have been inspected so they understand the full scope of the audit and the nature of any deficiencies.
When providing audit results, be sure to also provide your team with positive feedback about what is currently being managed effectively. This helps reinforce good performance while discussing what needs to be changed.
Execute Corrective Change
A safety audit will mean nothing unless you take the time to establish a plan of corrective action for your team. When putting this together, it’s important to make sure changes and recommendations are properly outlined and written in the context of your organization’s core operations and practices.
Depending on the corrective action noted in the audit, you’ll want to evaluate what specific areas can be improved and how, rather than simply list a new rule or make things more difficult or complex. When implementing corrective action, be sure to assign completion and review dates, so they can be reviewed by internal management and executed immediately.
Regularly Check In With Managers
Once safety audits are completed and new requirements or changes are established, it’s critical to regularly check in with managers regarding the progress of corrective action. This means making sure managers have the knowledge and tools they need to make necessary changes in their departments as indicated by the audit. Regularly checking in with your managerial team will show them you’re invested in your workplace’s safety and want each of them to play a role in this process.
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