Many people dread audits. They see them as invasive – an activity designed to find fault and catch you out.
But that’s not what an internal audit is about at all.
It’s about helping you identify opportunity, mitigate risk and prepare for external audits.
Following an audit, I’ve often been able to help streamline processes for employees, improve productivity, and prevent minor issues turning into major disasters.
And that’s why I’m such an advocate of internal audits – I’ve seen time and time again what a positive difference they can make to a business.
The good news is I don’t even have to be on site to carry out your audit – I can do it all remotely. As long as you have a cloud-based management system, we’re good to go.
What is a remote audit?
A remote audit is not much different from an in-person audit. The only real difference is that I access your systems remotely and speak to you and your teams via telephone or video link. Remote audits make it even easier for you to access the benefits of my auditing service.
When should you have a remote audit?
- You can have a remote audit any time, but I would definitely recommend one if:
- You have an external audit coming up
- You are working toward ISO certification
- An employee responsible for maintaining your management system has recently left the company, is on maternity leave or is long term sick
- You have multiple sites
- You have employees or locations that are not easily accessible
- You are thinking about making significant changes to your business operations
- You have recently made significant changes to your business operations
What are the benefits of a remote audit?
Remote audits offer many of the same benefits as an in-person audit, plus some additional benefits too.
- Ensure compliance
- Mitigate risk
- Identify improvement opportunity
- Retain ISO certification
- Prepare for external audits
- Greater efficiency
- Less disruption –a remote audit is more discreet
- Verify activities across multiple sites in a shorter time
- Easier to reach employees and/or sites that are not easily accessible
How to plan and prepare for a remote audit
Planning and preparing for a remote audit isn’t as complicated as you might think.
The most important thing is that you have a cloud-based management system that I can access remotely.
Once we confirm a convenient day and time for you and your team, I can schedule calls with the relevant team members and managers.
We can conduct the audit using a platform that you feel comfortable with (whether that be Zoom, Skype, WebEx, Microsoft Teams or your own software).
I’ll check your system to ensure that data is collected, verified and stored correctly, that your processes are being adhered to and that everything is operating as it should be. Then I’ll report back with my recommendations.
I’ve completed the same qualifications as ISO auditors, so I understand the frameworks, management systems and auditing process.
Remote support during an external audit
Not only can I conduct remote audits to ensure you are fully prepared and in good shape for an external audit, I can also provide remote support during your external audit.
If the employees that usually maintain your management systems are unavailable for the audit, or you just want a little extra support, I can assist. I can show auditors where the data is and help you answer their questions.
I’m on your side. I want you to remain compliant, deliver consistent quality and retain your hard-earned ISO certification.
Find out more
Whether you are working toward ISO certification, want to retain certification or just want the frameworks in place to create greater efficiency, I can help.
If you’re interested in finding out how a remote audit can benefit your organisation, I’d love to have a chat. Give me a call to get started.