On the Audit Trail
Below are a few easily overlooked ways that software can be used to assist a safety auditor:
Also, itâ€™s hard not to focus an audit on areas where you know potential problems exist. Obviously, you need to focus on these areas, but you also need to cover all areas, regardless of whether you think thereâ€™s a problem or not. Software wonâ€™t know the difference. It will know what items to audit for general-industry purposes and will focus equally on all parts of a facility, unless you tell it otherwise.
Also, using updatable software probably means youâ€™re getting the latest best practices, and new and fresh audit content.
While just using software in your office can enhance safety auditing, when you combine the software with the portability of these devices you will then realize major advantages. Imagine, having regulatory and safety and health references out on the shop floor with you, without packing a single book, manual, or stack of paper.
Other benefitsNot only can you pack an enormous amount of information with a PDA, you can also input an enormous amount of information. And the benefit to this? No mistakes due to data entry from paper to PC!
Many users need the ability to include multiple handheld functionality. Some software programs allow a single desktop PC to be used as the home-base for multiple auditors. Once all the audits are completed, they can be uploaded from each handheld and saved on one central PC. This provides a safety manager the opportunity to manage all locations and departments right from his/her desktop.