What is Safety Auditing?
Safety auditing is a valuable management technique that is highly recommended by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Indeed, HSE Guidance document HSG65 “Successful Health and Safety Management” recommends that audits are undertaken annually to assist organisations to focus their resources in areas of most need. Our auditing systems can be measured against HSG65 and OHSAS 18001 as well as measuring your status against legal compliance and your own internal standards.
An audit will show exactly how you measure up to legal requirements and HSE guidance, and whether your systems are working in practice. It will act as a benchmark from which you can form a health and safety plan so your valuable time and resources are spent in the areas where they are most needed.
The scope of an audit
Our auditor will examine your own management policies and procedures for securing health, safety and welfare and any evidence you have to support what you are saying. We audit in 3 layers:
- Initial gap analysis via interview with key role holders in your organisation.
- Review of evidence to substantiate policies and systems that you state are in place.
- Physical inspection of the workplace and observation of working practices to check the extent to which systems are being followed in practice, and the extent to which these appear to be working. The audit will consider the 30 subject areas of health and safety (or as appropriate) described in the model contents list below (this list is altered so suit subjects that are relevant to you):
Model contents list
- Safety arrangements at the organisation
1. Management of health and safety
16. Manual handling operations
We will prepare and submit a user-friendly written report that identifies where attention is needed to meet legislation or a recognised standard. It will also explain why such attention is needed. Each subject heading will have an action plan on which you can record your own targets and time-frames for addressing, and the people who are allocated with responsibility for the task.
Recommendations will be broken down into three categories: