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Why conduct an audit of your program?

Almost any control program, even when carefully developed and implemented, can lose its effectiveness over time. Other priorities and programs compete for your resources which include people, time, money and materials. Periodically, it is important to conduct an audit of your Hazard Communication program to help ensure that key program elements are in place and operating so that the goal of chemical injury and illness prevention is realized. Essentially, an audit consists of a review of your current program operation and compares what you have to what you should have.

How to conduct an audit of your program

Use the audit checklist to review your Hazard Communication Program as it currently operates, not as you think it should be operating or as it was originally intended to operate. Review the pertinent records (e.g., written Hazard Communication Program, chemical lists, training records, etc.) to help you determine the status of the key program elements on the checklist. At certain points in the audit, you will need to visit the work areas where hazardous chemicals are stored, used, or produced to check on items such as labeling and the availability of information for employees. After completing the checklist, determine which program elements need improvement (i.e., where there are "No" answers) and complete the Hazard Communication Program Audit Results found at the end of the checklist.

Hazard Communication Audit Booklet (PDF)

Please Note: The audit procedures in this checklist address the Hazard Communication Program elements for users of hazardous chemicals, not for chemical manufacturers or distributors. Therefore, elements covering Hazard Determination, development of SDSs and labeling of shipping containers are not addressed in this booklet. Chemical manufacturers and distributors may still find this audit useful for evaluating the Hazard Communication Program requirements covering the in-house use of chemicals.

This checklist is informational only and was compiled from sources believed to be reliable. The Zurich Services Corporation - Risk Engineering makes no guarantee of results and assumes no liability in connection with the information, methods, or safety suggestions contained herein. Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable safety or compliance procedure is contained herein. Individual circumstances may warrant or require additional procedures.