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Anybody going around a company performing a quality audit might be forgiven for thinking such issues lie within the 18001 health and safety scheme Рbut think again.  It beholds us all not to disregard a situation that impacts adversely on employees health and safety within the workplace.

Now this goes beyond the statutory (law as on the statute books) and regulatory (as required by an organisation) stipulations in 9001 which are there in relation to the product or service being provided.  For example, producing vehicles need you to comply with all the relevant requirements to get a vehicle on the road such as MOTs, Road Tax and perhaps Certificates of Compliance dependent upon where the vehicle originated.

However, if on walking around the workshop as you conduct your audit ( assuming you do get out of the office of course ) you spot a set of jacks or ramps with a vehicle hosted in the air but clearly in a more than precarious position you are at liberty to bring it the attention of the site representative.

How about¬†walking around a paint¬†spray shop full of paint and vapours only to find an unprotected oxy-acetylene welding rig bang ( sorry ) in the middle of it all;¬†bar stock in racks with the heaviest stored at the top instead of the bottom or the FLT¬†driver lifting these down by balancing them on the forks because they don’t use pans on the racks;¬†a dirty and noisy shop floor where operators have no option but to eat their snap ( sorry, food for those south of Birmingham) by their machines¬†because there are no canteen facilities or¬†a work space¬†where heavy components¬†have¬†to¬†be hand carried because¬†of the lack of lifting tackle.¬†Now, these may seem far-fetched and I’d agree except for the fact I have seen them! I’m sure you can think of others.

So, even though it doesn’t sit formally inside your audit, remember to raise such issues to be, literally, on the safe side. Imagine how you would feel if you walked away from site then the next day you heard of an accident related to what you witnessed the day before. ¬†You have a duty as a quality professional and it is also another means of adding value to the audit.

ps: If you feel incomfortable because you haven’t got¬†a definitive section of¬†9001 to lean on then why not suggest it as a preventive action?