Safety is one of the most important topics in construction. One great way to keep safety at the forefront of everyone’s mind is to conduct regular safety audits. These audits are an opportunity to take a step back and see how the safety program is being implemented from start to finish. Although some may see this as a waste of time, it’s really a way for the leadership team to fulfill their duty to keep their employees safe.

By implementing a safety audit program, construction companies can get five big benefits.

Identify Unknown Hazards

No two job sites are the same, which means the safety risks change with every new project. To make matters worse, new technology and equipment are rolling out all the time, which also creates new risks. Regular audits can identify these new risks and help companies keep policies up to date and relevant. 

Financial Savings 

The most substantial impact of an accident is obviously the injured person, but accidents are also expensive for the company. Between insurance claims and lost productivity, an accident can cost a pretty penny. By staying ahead of the curve, companies can avoid the steep cost of an accident.

Double Check OSHA Compliance 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has very strict rules for how construction companies should operate job sites and report accidents. A safety audit is a prime opportunity to assess how well the company is adhering to these rules.

Keep Everyone on Their Toes 

Safety will become a bigger priority when people get in the habit of going through safety audits on a regular basis. This will ensure employees don’t overlook safety during the daily grind and monotony.

Evaluate the Safety Program’s Effectiveness 

One of the biggest, and maybe most obvious, benefits of running safety audits is getting to evaluate how well the safety program is working. If audits are consistently finding errors on every job site, it might be time to go back to the drawing board.