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This topic covers audits, which are a means to monitor safety and health performance, as well as compliance with OSHA and other regulatory standards.

OSHA does not have a regulation specific to employer audits of their workplaces; however, information gained from an audit can help a business recognize the positive results of safety and health programs and policies, identify and correct hazards before they cause accidents or illnesses, feel confident that the company will fare well in the event of an OSHA inspection, and reduce exposure to liability and litigation.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

  • PPE—General for information on requirements for workplace hazard assessments
  • Inspections for information on workplace inspections carried out by OSHA
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Directives 08/07/1989 - STP 2-1.147A - Safety Testing or Certification of Certain Workplace Equipment and Materials ... 07/22/2003National
Directives 08/27/1984 - FIN 3.2 - Financial and Administrative Monitoring of the 23(s) Grants, 7(c) (1) and 24(b)(2) Grants and Contracts 07/18/2003National
Directives 08/27/1984 - FIN 3.3 - Audit Resolution of OSHA Assistance Programs 07/18/2003National
Directives 09/01/1995 - ADM 1-1.25A - The OSHA Consultation User Skills Manual 07/22/2003National
Directives 1/12/2006 - CPL 02-00-138 - Audit and Verification Program of Occupational Injury and Illness Records (PDF) 01/12/2006National
Directives 10/30/1978 - ADM 12-9.2 - Release to the State of Personnel Information on Federal Monitors 07/09/2003National
Directives 12/02/1999 - NRTL Program Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines 07/22/2003National
Directives 12/06/1996 - ADM 1-1.29A - The IMIS Consultation Data Processing Manual 07/22/2003National
Directives 12/30/1987 - TED 3.9 - Information Dissemination System for Consultation Visits Resulting in Significant Benefits 07/18/2003National
Guidance Documents 7 Steps for Safety Audit Success  National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Audits for Safety and Health (Outline)  National
Quizzes Audits for Safety and Health [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Audits for Safety and Health [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Quizzes Audits for Safety and Health [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Handouts Audits for Safety and Health [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Interpretations Compliance Audits. 01/05/1995National
Training Tips Employee Input on Safety Audits: Why? What? And How?  National
Checklists Facility Safety Audit Inspection Checklist  National
Policies Hazard Assessment and Control  National
Employee News Articles Safety and health audits—Conducting and addressing results  National
Employee News Articles Safety and health audits—What to audit  National
Employee News Articles Safety and health audits—What to audit: QUIZ  National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Self-Audits (Outline)  National
Handouts Self-Audits [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Quizzes Self-Audits [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Self-Audits [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Quizzes Self-Audits [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Handouts Self-Inspection Audits (PDF)  National
Toolbox Talks The Value of Safety and Health Audits  National
Employee News Articles The value of safety and health audits  National
Interpretations Voluntary safety and health audits under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.[1910.1020; 1910.95; 1910.119; 1910.120; 1910.132; 1910.134; 1910.137; 1910.146; 1910.147; 1910.272; 1910.1025; 1926.20] 09/11/1996National
Guidance Documents Voluntary safety self-audits and inspections  National
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