Please state what you would do in this scenario?
You are responsible for monthly regulatory compliance audits. There is an item on the sheet found to be out of compliance (refrigerator with vaccines stored in it that is in a non-secure location and left unlocked--this is in a hospital). You talk to the responsible employee and they argue stating "no one's ever had a problem with it before" and nothing is done. You mark the form indicating non-compliance, what your action was (talked to the employee) and submit to your supervisor. Next month, same thing found--frig unsecured. You again mark the form as 'out of compliance and hand in to supervisor drawing her attention to it. As you prepare to make rounds the next month you anticipate finding it again out of compliance and wonder what you should do.
What would you do?
- Do the audit and if out of compliance again mark it as such and say "oh well".
- Ask your supervisor if she would review the list and remove items that she wishes to not enforce (especially the one that has been out of compliance) with the explanation that it makes you uncomfortable having items repeatedly out of compliance on an audit sheet you are responsible for.
- Remove the item from the audit sheet yourself so you don't have to mark it non-compliant again