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During an audit, actions often speak louder than words. Audits are largely based on the ability to provide the auditor with evidence that operations are compliant with a standard. From an auditor’s perspective, it is the applicant that controls the outcome of the audit. In general, a lack of organization, untrained staff, and misinterpretation of compliance criteria will put your auditor on alert. Follow these five steps to prepare for your audit, and the auditor will be more comfortable with your implementation of the standard.
1. Sweat the small stuff. Not addressing the obvious issues shows a lack of training and overall commitment to the standard. Make sure that conditions throughout the facility, especially storage and office areas, are tidy and things are labeled and in their designated place. There should be sufficient space between the wall and stored material for pest control and cleaning activities to take place. Your internal audit should be conducted at least two months prior. You might consider having a third party walk through your facility with your audit team to increase the rigor of the audit.