Hybrid audits can improve work-life balance for our auditors. Our experts' reduction in travel times means they can use their time to support your audits rather than spend their lives on the road. Increasing the use of hybrid audits can create a better balance for both the auditor and auditee, as the time we spend on your audits adds value. We believe that the resourcing process will be more effective, ultimately improving better client service levels.
Hybrid audits can also improve the sustainability of assessments, both environmentally and from the perspective of wellbeing. Also linked to a reduction in travel is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, BSI conducted thousands of onsite audits. In smaller countries, our auditors typically travel by car. However, air travel is necessary for larger countries like America, Australia, Canada and China.
While fully remote audits will not be recognized for the majority of audits from a regulatory perspective after the pandemic, they are a good option for sites where access isn't possible or travel restrictions are in place. The process of a remote audit can have its challenges. The body language cues each side can pick up from the other often helps facilitate an onsite audit experience. The sound and connectivity levels in some manufacturing facilities also interfere with the inspection of production or storage areas, which is why the use of hybrid audits will be proposed going forward, the best of both worlds.