Benefits of regular safety audits
Performing regular safety audits contributes to teams not only being safe, but also being efficient and productive.
As projects develop, things change. Regular safety audits provide a real time view of compliance and recommendations for improvement. It may seem a tedious chore, but compared with injury claims, Fees for Intervention, fines, prosecution and resulting bad reputation, it is a small price to pay.
Another area in which regular auditing saves is accidents. When accidents occur, dealing with resulting downtime and finding temporary help is expensive and time consuming. Minimising accidents not only minimises these costs, but has the added bonus of gaining confidence from employees that the workplace they’re at is looking out for their best interests. Regular audits ensure that the work area is regularly examined and hazards are found before they cause an accident. Catching hazards before they cause an accident reduces the costs associated with not only adjusting the safety measures surrounding the hazard, but also the costs associated with replacing and supporting the individual involved in the accident.
With regular safety audits, teams may also receive insights into how efficient their systems are as a whole, and where additional improvements could be made. These improvements include better productivity and further savings elsewhere.