Dock Audit Templates

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A dock audit is a quick, final inspection of finished products before they are sealed, boxed, and approved for shipping. It is a visual inspection typically performed by quality control inspectors on the shipping dock of a warehouse shortly before the product is loaded onto a freight truck for delivery.

Dock audits are primarily done to catch defective and non-compliant products before they are shipped. This helps the manufacturer avoid customer complaints, maintain a good business reputation, and encourage a culture of consistent, high-quality work. There is no regulating body that controls the frequency of dock audits and manufacturers can decide to perform them as often as they see fit.

This article will briefly discuss: (1) what a dock audit is; (2) the top 3 things to verify with a dock audit; (3) mobile app to perform dock audits and generate reports.

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Manufacturers should implement quality control measures during the production process in order to minimize product defects at the onset. The purpose of a dock audit is to ensure that the small percentage of non-compliant products missed by the initial QA are caught before they cause problems.

  • Compliance with design
  • Does the product look as intended and advertised? Is it the right size, color, and shape? It is essential that a product complies with design specifications since customer satisfaction hinges on delivering a product as it was promised.

  • Physical Inventory Count
  • Are all the product inclusions accounted for as intended and advertised? One of the most frustrating things for a customer is receiving an incomplete product. Failure to identify such instances could cause manufacturers to lose a client’s business.

  • Compliance with special customer requirements
  • It’s easy to overlook special customer requests if your team is used to making products the standard way. Ensure that the product meets special customer requirements before giving the go-ahead for delivery to avoid client complaints or worse, legal disputes.

Performing dock audits can help your company identify issues before they reach your customers. Additionally, the data you gather from your audits can provide you with valuable insights to improve the overall manufacturing process itself, ultimately reducing the likelihood of defects from occurring in the first place. Using the world’s #1 inspection app, iAuditor, you can reap the benefits of an effective dock audit minus the hassle of using paper checklists.

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Dock Audit Checklist

Quality inspectors and officers can use this dock audit checklist to verify if products comply with design specifications, item inclusions, and special customer requests prior to shipping.:

  • Take pictures of identified defects and non-compliance and annotate them for evidence and documentation
  • Include pictures of good product examples in the template for inspectors to use as reference.
  • Validate inspection data by providing inspector’s digital signature.

Loading Dock Safety Checklist

Safety officers can use this loading dock safety checklist to ensure that the loading dock is free from preventable hazards. Ensure that the loading dock and surrounding areas are well lit, the floors are free from debris and moisture, and dock equipment is maintained to prevent malfunction and incidents.


Check Sheet Template

Quality officers can use this daily check sheet to easily specify the product to be inspected, identify the type of defect such as missing label, wrong color, etc., take/attach photos and add annotations, capture an unlimited number of product defects, and sign off with a digital signature.


Quality Objectives Template

Quality and compliance teams can use this template to formulate and align quality objectives with quality policies, quality indicators, periodicity, and assignments. Managers and supervisors can share a report generated from this template to team members and use them as a reference guide for the specifics of quality objectives.


Gap Analysis ISO 9001 Checklist

This checklist can help teams prepare for ISO 9001:2015 certification. Evaluate if the Context of the organization, Planning, Operation, Quality control, and Product improvement complies with the ISO standard. It will also help determine the needs of consumers and opportunities for improvements within the QMS.