John Mills is Nomad’s Head of QHSE and a chartered member of IOSH and the CQI. John overseas the global QHSE team.
Those few words and numbers in recent times – ‘COVID-19’ have caused havoc across the globe. Business audits including, regulatory, compliance, internal, external and every other type of audit including inspection, have been thrust into becoming ‘remote and virtual’ – the only choice, to get them completed at during this time.
Yet, what is the long-term solution? Is there a viable way to conduct compliance audit activities? Let’s discuss:
Before COVID-19, remote audits were taking place for many years in businesses globally. To fulfil needs, avoid unnecessary travel time and costs, and deliver to their business exactly what they say they would. If we were to move all audits to a remote strategy, this is a different ball game altogether and is maybe just one step too many.
Previous remote audits were often combined with later site, physical, face to face or at facility audits to verify the previously reviewed remote content covered. This meant the two approaches complemented one another (or vice versa). Other non-audit activities, certainly from an internal perspective, would be dovetailed during physical visits and audits to make the most effective use of time.