Have you taken a good, long look at your business lately? If you’re a service provider, safety in the workplace make not make it to the top ten list of priorities. But no matter what type of business you own, safety should always be job one.
How do you know for sure that your company is as safe as it could be? The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recommends you conduct a comprehensive safety, health and environmental (SH&E) audit to help your business reduce on-the-job injuries and illnesses and protect your company’s assets by conducting an audit.
“Audits are one of the key tools we, as occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners, use in our ongoing efforts to reduce on-the-job injuries, illnesses and fatalities worldwide,” says ASSE President Michael W. Thompson, CSP. “Many ASSE members, their employers and other worksites already have comprehensive programs in place. Those companies who have not taken a serious look at their worksites via an SH&E audit are strongly encouraged to get started.”
According to the ASSE, a comprehensive SH&E audit process should include:
- reviewing the record of accidents, injuries, and illnesses sustained by employees since the previous audit;
- analyzing the resources devoted to identifying and controlling hazards, to employee training, and to safety motivation and recognition;
- ascertaining the extent to which various levels of management are actively involved in accident prevention;
- evaluating the results of physical inspections of the premises and observations of personnel performing operations that accident records show have been hazardous; and
- developing timely and effective corrective action plans to mitigate hazards identified during the audit in order to prevent reoccurrence.
ASSE members note that a properly conducted SH&E audit will identify loss leaders that impact a company’s bottom line and compliance gaps. They are considered added value components that senior management will understand and support.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 31,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. Get their helpful articles “Safety Audits That Make A Difference” (PDF) and “Planning and Conducting a SH&E Audit.” (PDF)