Audits are an important part of any occupational safety and health policies and procedures. Whether internal audits by a safety team, surprise audits by supervisors, or third party audits by third party auditing firms, these audits ensure compliance, ensure these policies and procedures are being followed, and, often, are required by the OSHA standards which govern the policies and procedures in question. For most occupational safety and health policies and procedures such as the ones at PremierFactorySafety.com, a general audit of the entire facility should suffice inadequately covering the policies and procedures in question; most do not require frequent updating, and as such need simply to be compared against OSHA standards to ensure nothing has changed in the standard.
But for some areas of occupational safety and health, such as lockout tagout, a more thorough audit is required to ensure compliance. The reason for this deeper review can be that it is an area of occupational safety and health which is often changed by OSHA, it is an area of occupational safety and health which is often updated at the facility, or it is an area of occupational safety and health which is extremely complicated and needs additional time spent ensuring compliance. Or, in the case of lockout tagout, it could cover more than one of these reasons.
Lockout tagout policies and procedures are governed by OSHA Standard 1910.147, which is arguably the most complicated standard around. This can make it extremely difficult to create compliant policies and procedures. Additionally, lockout tagout policies and procedures may need to be updated anytime there is a change to the machinery, layout, facility location, or personnel. As such, these policies and procedures often need more attention than others but are also often far more difficult to effectively manage in-house as they require a very specific knowledge. But working with a third party lockout tagout auditing firm can be cost prohibitive for some and can make other management teams uncomfortable, as it requires releasing control of the lockout tagout policies and procedures to a third party.
Fortunately, there is now another option. Our Factory Solutions Software is a web-based program which allows you to create, track, and update your lockout tagout policies and procedures from anywhere there is an internet connection. It is fully scalable, fully customizable, has the oversight of a leading lockout tagout auditing firm, and leaves the company in control of their own lockout tagout policies and procedures.
If you have any questions about auditing lockout tagout policies and procedures or about our Factory Solutions Software, please contact us. If you have anything to add about the importance of properly auditing lockout tagout policies and procedures, please leave a comment.