‘Remote Audits’ Buzzword During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Worldwide travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have encouraged Ariscu to revolutionize the way it conducts environment, health and safety (EHS) audits. To continue conducting EHS audits with the new travel restrictions, Ariscu has introduced remote quality assurance audits.

Ariscu’s remote quality assurance audits are currently available to existing clients with Ariscu’s Audit Manager module. This is a module within Ariscu’s integrated SHEQ management system that allows clients the flexibility to conduct audits via mobile devices or tablets. In the remote quality assurance audit, Ariscu provides a quality check on the client’s own audits complete through the Audit Manager module. This vital step ensures that any applicable legislation does not go overlooked. Ariscu’s remote quality assurance audits can save the client up to 50% on standard audit rates.

The same audit procedure applies both to onsite and remote EHS audits, with the difference of how evidence is collected and recorded. In remote EHS audits evidence is collected and recorded by a designated employee of the company and submitted electronically to the external auditor. This evidence is then used by the auditor to assess legal compliance. Onsite EHS audits, on the other hand, rely on an onsite visit by the auditor for data collection and observations. Surprisingly, reviewing documents and records virtually can be more effective than doing so onsite.

What are the benefits and challenges of remote audits?

Save company time and expenses
  • Interviews and observations can be conducted through popular platforms like Skype, Zoom or video calls, saving the company time
  • Interruptions to employees’ regular workflow, and other related inconveniences experienced during an onsite audit, will be eliminated
  • No travelling, accommodation or catering expenses
Improve induction & security
  • No time wasted on induction training or security

What's next?

Getting started
  1. The client will need a designated employee with the necessary equipment, e.g. cell phone, to perform the site walkabout to assess operational compliance.
  2. A site walkabout provides key information for the identification of gaps within the company’s health and safety management system.
  3. Verbal communication (on the spot interviews) with employees/machine operators, can be used by the auditor to detect inconsistencies with formal and operational compliance with specific reference to information and training.

What makes Ariscu’s ‘Audit Manager’ unique?

Ariscu's bestselling 'Audit Manager' module has pre-populated questions to comply with all sections in the client’s Legal Register. Therefore, the client only needs to answer the questions, and attach relevant pictures or data, to complete an audit. An autogenerated audit report with relevant statistics is created, saving the client time on report writing and data capturing. The autogenerated report also contains a unique section highlighting items with the highest risk/exposure, which is expertly linked to the associated legal penalty, allowing the client to enforce corrective action on the highest risk items first.

What is Ariscu’s DG-APP?

For many organizations, their approach to SHEQ is connected to internal governance, risk management, and compliance strategies. Ariscu’s legal registers directly link to the ‘Audit Manager’ module, which in turn is now accessible via our DG-APP (mobile or tablet device), making daily SHEQ activities and Audits easier to complete, track, and report.

Contact us for more information or to get started today!