(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ)

A number of people have asked me about the new audit protocols. The ACSA audit, if you hover between SECOR and COR, the audit will appear that you can download on the right-hand side of the screen.

It has the questions, it has the observations, it has the audit instrument itself. The audit instrument, ACSA has used a cookbook approach where it’s laid out for you step-by-step, and if you answer all the elements that are laid out you will also address the audit question and meet the intent. ACSA has opted not to go with the auditor training for existing auditors.

I personally think that it might have been a good idea to actually have some training on the instrument. However, ACSA has reported to me that so far the audits they’ve been getting back from their auditors meet the intent of the audit question because it’s a lot like answering a recipe, and if you meet the requirements, then you’ve effectively answered the question.

AASP has taken a different approach, they’ve extensively trained their auditors and they have a 10-element audit based on partnerships. They have mandatory courses you must take so you’re aware of the changes, how to do the audit, and basically how to answer the questions. Either approach is effective. A number of companies are basing their audits on AASP, Alberta Safety Council’s based their audit on AASP.

Energy Safety Canada has an audit that they’ve added portions to meet the new requirements; however, the bones are still the bones of their old audit instrument. There are some good additions, and it seems more streamlined and less cumbersome than it was, and I have to admit, I like the changes.

So if you have any questions you want to approach the certifying partners and deal with them. If you have any concerns or answers you wish, you can also deal with Purcell Enterprises, we’d be happy to answer your questions. Thank you.

Barb Semeniuk is a veteran Safety Auditor and Worker Advocate. Her experience and diligence save companies dollars, and make workers safer while on the job.