Administrative controls are the rules and guidelines set up in an organizations safety policy and they should be checked first. Engineering controls are the actually safety devices and procedures that are conducted at the work station and they are the second thing to be checked.
Understanding the need and use of Personal Protective Equipment is part of every safety audit. They need for the protection is explained and a check of how the protection is working in the each specific work area should be examined. Many times Additional PPE is needed.
Fixing tools and equipment on a regular basis and recognizing safety problems before they happen is next.
DOT safety audits will review every driver's CDL, qualifications, and alcohol and drug testing records. Management must also have a means of tracking CDL expiration dates. Under the driver category, there are several mandatory documents that are required. You can get the full list of requirements in a DOT safety audit packet.
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A company needs to show that they have proper liability coverage. All required documentation will be listed in the packet that covers your area. Dot safety auditors will also request to view the company's accident register. All recordable DOT accidents must be listed. The accident register has to be in place, even if there are no recordable accidents.
Under the general review, vehicle markings could also be inspected to ensure proper markings on all commercial vehicles. DOT will also review all training records that involve transportation safety and any other training records that involve their regulations.
The need for road safety audits has grown considerably since the 1990's when the Design Standard HD 19/90 was incorporated in to the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB). Nowaday's many Local Authorities are demanding an independent Road Safety Audit (RSA) as part of the Planning Application.
What is a RSA?
Preparing for a DOT Safety Audit