Facility Compliance Audit
The compliance audit begins with an on-site physical inspection of the radio facility. The inspection uses a checklist originally developed by Ted Sumners for the Department of the Interior and is based on the Motorola R56 guidelines with interpretations based on the NEC, ANSI and OSHA standards and requirements. The checklist includes over 1000 data points with 74 questions with 585 findable focus areas. The checklist is divided into nine (9) sections including:
- Site Characteristics
- Site Design and Development - Tower Condition
- Shelter/Building Design and Condition
- External Grounding Systems
- Internal Grounding Systems
- RF Interference and RF Emissions
- Equipment Installation
- Facility Infrastructure and Equipment Inventory
Each checklist section and question is assigned a risk assessment code (RAC) based on the severity and probability that the deficiencies will cause harm to personnel or damage to equipment. The following RAC codes are used:
RAC 1 – An immediate danger to life, health, or property and requires emergency correction or hazard controlled to a lower level of risk, as soon as possible within that work shift.
RAC 2 – A high level of threat to life, health, or property and requires hazard correction or hazard controlled to a lower level of risk, as soon as possible, but no later than 15 days.
RAC 3 – A medium-level risk to life, health, or property, with correction planned and completed, or hazard controlled to a lower level of risk within 12 months
RAC 4 – A low level risk, with correction planned and completed, or hazard controlled to a lower level of risk, within a 2-year period.
RAC 5 – Lowest level risk and considered minor. The correction of this risk can be incorporated in a 5-year plan.
Each deficiency observed during the on-site inspection is incorporated in a detailed report including the following data:
- Discussion – A description of the deficiencies and conditions that existed during the assessment.
- Photos of each deficiency
- Links to web-based interpretations of compliance requirements
- Recommendations – Corrective actions based on the specific conditions at the facility and regulatory requirements.
- Estimated Remediation Cost – Estimated pricing for labor and materials to effect the remediation.
- Driving Reference(s) – The specific section of the regulation or standard that drives the noncompliance.
The results of the compliance audit report allows network managers to prioritize safety, health, and infrastructure issues at each radio facility and achieve the following objectives:
- Reduce risk to employees, the public, and the environment
- Identify root causes of equipment failure
- Identify the resources needed to correct compliance issues
- Facilitate planning and budgeting for corrective actions
- Minimize potential liabilities