A good safety audit program does not come easily. The effort requires careful planning and diligent preparation. The program unfolds after you decide what you want to cover in your inspections.
The following questions should be considered in laying plans for a safety audit program in your organization:
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Of course, the very first question that must be asked, experts in the safety audit field generally agree, is: Do you want to conduct a general inspection or do you want to conduct a special type of inspection?
A good self-inspection program can include both the special and the general type of inspections. For example, one month a program could involve a complete plant tour for safety hazards. The next month the inspection program could focus on PPE and how it is used on the job.
OSHA encourages such a mixed approach, believing that a combination of the two types of programs can strengthen a plant's accident-prevention effort.
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Whether your organization is big or small, OSHA demands a lot of you—and, if you fall short, you can face costly penalties (or, even more tragically, serious injuries or deaths).
Self-inspections are a big help. But there’s a lot to keep track of, and too many companies make the same preventable mistakes over and over, which is why the list of top citations varies little from year to year.
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About Your Speaker
Brad Hammock, Esq. is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jackson Lewis LLP. Hammock practices exclusively in the safety and health area, and heads the firm’s Workplace Safety Compliance practice group.
Hammock's national practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety and health law, and he works closely with employers to help them understand and implement OSHA rules. He joined the firm in 2008 after serving for ten years as an OSHA attorney within the Department of Labor including, most recently, more than three years as lead counsel for safety standards.
Hammock received his B.A. in American Government from the University of Virginia in 1992. In 1996, he received his J.D., magna *** laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, and Associate Editor of The Labor Lawyer.
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