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Safety Management Insights

The Best Way to Handle Safety Audits

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 19, 2015 8:30:00 AM

safety_audits_basic_safeAuditing – it’s nobody’s favorite job, but it has to be done. Safety auditors perform one of the most critical tasks at any company, and their work is often responsible for preventing accidents and illnesses far into the future. Even the most safety-conscious workers and administrators may overlook unsafe conditions as they perform their safety audits, while auditors’ sole responsibility is to root out danger.

Still, building and executing a thorough safety audit can be a tough task even for an experienced auditor. From fact-finding to review to recommendations and corrective actions, there’s a dizzying amount of data to manage.

One of the best tools to handle all this data is BasicSafe’s Audit Management software. Manually building an audit from paper-based records may seem like a monumental task, but an EHS software solution makes the process for more manageable. Here are some important functions you can accomplish with BasicSafe’s audit management tool.

Upload Existing Audit Forms

Even if your company’s only been around a few years, you’ve probably already generated plenty of audit forms you’ll still need to use. Instead of building them again from scratch, BasicSafe allows you to import old forms of almost any file type.

Build Audits from the BasicSafe Database

Just as importantly, you can build brand new audits straight from the BasicSafe database – a comprehensive repository of all your safety-related data. You can also set your audits to occur at regular intervals, and you can arrange for auditors to receive email notifications when their due dates are approaching.

Six Question Types

You can determine the number and types of questions for each audit you build or import. These question types include:

  • Multiple choice
  • Multiple select
  • True / False
  • Range
  • Text
  • Safe at Risk

Remote Access

BasicSafe can be used on any smart device or computer and even has an offline audit app to complete safety audits or other tasks in the field. The mobile audit app allows for pictures, comments, and automated notifications. 


Do you need to track safety improvements in a problem area? Or are you trying to check up on an auditor’s performance? Certain audit types can even display graphical results to track trends over time. Ultimately, this feature allows your company to be more proactive in preventing incidents before they occur, instead of repairing the damage after.

Action Management Integration

To provide for efficient, cost-effective workflows, every BasicSafe module links with several others. For instance, the Audit Management Module links with Policies and Procedures, allowing for consistency and accuracy during each audit. Completed audits also link to the Action Management Tool, which helps administrators approve and finalize them.

Do you want to learn more about how you can construct comprehensive audits, reduce accidents and become a more effective safety manager? Download our free guide, 9 Ways to Make Your Job As A Safety Manager Easier.

9 Ways to Make Your Job as a Safety Manager Easier