One of your responsibilities as a business owner is to provide a safe environment for employees, customers, vendors and other visitors.
You’re at risk if employees or others suffer an injury on your premises. You could be susceptible to civil lawsuits as well as criminal actions. To help cut this risk, periodic safety audits can help you maintain and constantly improve the safety standards within your location.
A safety audit can give your business an objective assessment of risk levels, help you comply with regulatory standards, and create a healthier, happier workforce. Many businesses audit their safety posture after first creating a health and safety program tailored to the needs and nature of the business.
Some use audits to align with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) federal standards. What’s more, some 24 states operate their own OSHA-approved safety and health standards.
Beyond regulatory needs, OSHA points out that a safety program can bring many other benefits to a business: