Benefits of Internal Audits in supporting Safety and Quality Management Systems

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filskord

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Does anyone know the benefits of internal audits in supporting safety and quality management systems?
 
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Does anyone know the benefits of internal audits in supporting safety and quality management systems?
Welcome to the Cove! :bigwave:

Internal audits are similar to muscles: how to benefit from them depends on how they are used.

That answer may seem trite, I know. There are related threads linked at the bottom of the screen - you can browse them and see similar discussions, which you might enjoy while more responses come in to this thread.
 
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ab001

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Does anyone know the benefits of internal audits in supporting safety and quality management systems?
disclaimer: I'm in quality, I believe it works for safety too.

Benefits:
  • An opportunity to work "on" the business, instead of "in" the business.
  • Plan, Do, Check, Act
    Say what you do, Do what you say, Prove it, Improve it
    You can't get from Doing to Improving, without Proving.
  • Obtain information (objective evidence) to assist your management in fact-based decision-making.
  • A different set of eyes, with a non-subjective opinion (in theory).

If you have to sell the internal audit process, you could try and quantify these, or make it personal: make your prospect want it bad.
 

Colin

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I run a lot of IRCA registered internal QMS auditor training courses and part of the objectives for this course state that the delegates shall be able to:

Describe the responsibilities of an internal auditor and describe the role of internal audit in the maintenance and improvement of management systems

For me, the requirement to maintain and improve the QMS is essential to the role of internal auditing. If this function is not in place we would be relying on the 'good intentions' of inspired individuals to ensure that the QMS was kept current and was improved upon.
 
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Ka Pilo

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Internal Auditing is one of the most critical areas in Management System. It's a good tool for verification if performed by competent internal auditors.
 
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