Why is it important to audit sanitary measures in your business?
Practices related to safety, hygiene and cleanliness have always been present in the different industrial processes, regardless of the industry to which they belong.
Although we associate these practices more with sectors such as agri-food or pharmaceuticals, they are just as important in other production environments; making hygiene and health safety an essential factor for productivity.Today, more than ever, with everything we have gone through with the pandemic, production environments must establish and maintain measures that favor the safety and hygiene of the environment.
To improve these conditions and keep them monitored, internal audits are a very useful tool, which not only allows evaluation, but also planning and management.It has been shown that maintaining habits of order and cleanliness in the production processes of an industry leads to better quality products, more efficiency in the task and, of course, in the care of employees, preventing risks, among other things.
What is industrial hygiene?
According to the Encyclopedia of Health and Safety at Work, edited by the International Labor Organization:
“Industrial hygiene is the science of anticipation, identification, evaluation and control of risks that originate in the workplace or in relation to it, and that can endanger the health and well-being of workers, also taking into account its possible impact on neighboring communities and the environment in general”.
In this case we can say that industrial hygiene is directly related to the environmental conditions of work and therefore we must take into account:
Physical work environment, which implies:
- Lighting: Adequate light for each type of activity.
- Ventilation: Have clean air, free of gases, smoke and unpleasant odours, and, in the event that this is not possible due to the type of work, the use of masks or suitable equipment for it.
- Temperature: Maintenance of adequate temperature levels.
- Noises: Elimination of noise or use of hearing protectors.
Ergonomic principles application, including:
- Machines and equipment suitable for human characteristics.
- Tables and facilities adjusted to the size of people.
- Tools that reduce the need for human physical effort.
We will not develop in this case, but just as important is the psychological environment of the work.
Safety at work
If we talk about occupational safety, we can say that just like hygiene, it implies that there are no risks to the health of workers.
It is essential to avoid unsafe conditions, we must take control of:
- Equipment and machinery work properly, it must not be defective and should be properly maintained.
- That the team has adequate protection according to the type of activity: appropriate clothing and accessories, such as: gloves, helmets, correct footwear.
- That the personnel is trained to carry out risky procedures in machines or equipment.
- That the storages are safe and not overloaded.
- That the ground is free from any obstacles.
How do audits help?
It is important to have the previously mentioned factors under control, among others that are just as important. It is for this reason that carrying out internal audits will help to have complete control and supervision of the variables that can affect, not only the work team, but the general environment.These audits are more efficient if they are accompanied by technologies dedicated to them, as is the case with our Full Audits audit tool.
How Full Audits can help you with safety, hygiene and risk prevention.
Currently, health and safety in work activities are considered one of the pillars of sustainable development, which is why at Full Audits we want you to learn about our tools so that you can take care not only of your employees, but your company as well.
With our tool, you will be able to carry out the corresponding audits to reduce the possible risks to which your collaborators are exposed. Through the execution of safety and hygiene audits in your organization, it is possible to detect not only risks, but also opportunities for improvement.
Our software will allow you to create custom checklists, and if you don’t know where to start, you can download a Checklist from our free Checklist Library and find the one that best suits your organization.
You can also assign collaborators to work to eliminate risks, evaluate and reveal the status of health and safety management. The app, will then make automatic reports and generate action plans to carry out.
This way you can optimize your risk assessment processes, within your company, plant or specific area. Also evaluate projects and new facilities.
You can optimize your audit time up to 50%, you can now quickly and easily migrate Excel spreadsheets, collect data in an intuitive way and then easily access it through the app and through the computer.
If you want to take care of your staff´s health, reduce occupational accidents and risks, and also work in a sustainable environment with low impact on the environment, do not hesitate to visit our website.