A site audit can be a potentially nerve wracking endeavor. While many food-handling facilities might consider a safety audit to be a pain, they also know that audits are necessary to ensure the quality and safety of food products before they are distributed to consumers. Insects and rodents can spread numerous deadly diseases, which is why pest control accounts for such a large portion of food safety programs. Yet many facility associates aren’t clear on the difference between safety inspections and audits.
What’s The Difference Between An Inspection And An Audit?
An inspection is a comprehensive physical examination of a facility and equipment, employee practices, and inventory. The primary goal of an inspection is to collect data to determine whether a company’s operations remain within compliance of specified plant programs — particularly food safety standards. Inspectors are encouraged to highlight not only negative conditions, but positive practices as well, since positive reinforcement can encourage and motivate personnel to develop favorable behaviors.