Audits are an essential part of any safety management system. Whether they are audits of equipment, procedures, or the behavior of the individuals involved, audits ensure projects are safe and efficient.
The International Marine Contactors Association (IMCA) has published an information note on audits, which encourage discussion to show how this process can present an opportunity for ‘business improvement’.
“Audits should be welcomed as a collaborative opportunity for all parties in discussing a situation, and in leading to improvements in the safety and efficiency of the work, as well as improving the business position of the company,” says Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA. “Marine contractors undertake many more internal audits than the number of external audits, although there are many of these too performed on them by clients and statutory bodies.” “Our members are involved at three different levels. Contractor members perform in-house audits themselves and contract external consultants to assist. Corresponding members perform audits on contractors, either using their own staff or external consultants – of course, contractors take a similar stance when auditing subcontractors. Then there are external consultants who are often IMCA ‘supplier members’ who supply services – consultancy – which is often to carry out an audit/inspection.”
IMCA has published various audit-related documents that have feedback obtained over the past 30 years for the purpose of understanding the purpose of auditing, the beneficiaries, and carrying out audits. The IMCA firmly believes that standardizing the audit format, and the widespread use of a common format, improves the audit process and ultimately the safety and efficiency of the industry.
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