A Health and Safety Management Audit is a structured process of collecting independent information on the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of the total system and drawing up plans for corrective action. Auditing examines each stage in the Health and Safety Management system by measuring compliance with the controls the organisation has developed, with the ultimate aim of assessing their effectiveness and their validity for the future.
- Planning: The personnel designated as responsible according to the company’s HSE audit plan will appoint an Audit Manager and develop an Audit Team.
- Execution: The Audit Team will then conduct the audit, which will consist of pre-assessment, interviews, inspections and a final meeting.
- Reporting: The Audit Manager will then submit the audit report to the Manager of the audited company, who will in turn share it with the company's board and other stakeholders.
- Archiving: HSE audit reports are then archived to which there is a very strict criteria.
The Scope of an Audit
Our auditing services will examine your own Management Policies and Procedures for securing the Health, Safety and Welfare and any evidence you have to support what you are saying. We will then audit in the following 3 layers:
- Initial Gap Analysis via interviews with the Key personnel in your organisation.
- Review of all evidence to substantiate the 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 or not 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):
- Safety arrangements at the organisation
|1. Management of Health and Safety|
2. Accidents and accident reporting
|16. Manual handling operations|
18. Occupational health
19. Personal protective equipment
20. Plant rooms, machinery and equipment
21. Risk assessment requirements
22. Safety Policy
23. Safety signs and notices
25. Use of vehicles/vehicle safety
26. Water services
27. Welfare provision
28. Working time
29. Work at heights
30. Workplace environment
We always prepare and submit a user-friendly written report that identifies where attention is needed to meet legislation or a recognised standard. It will also clearly explain why such attention is needed, and where it will benefit you as a company. 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.