audits, inspections and
health and safety audit
A health and safety audit is a examination of how you manage health and safety with your organisation. It is designed to help you better manage health and safety and ensure that they are complying with current legal requirements.
It is a critical, in-depth examination of your organisation’s safety management systems. It involves the auditor conducting document reviews, carrying out visual observations, and conducting formal discussions with the management and staff. The health and safety audit can be tailored to address the whole of the Health and Safety Management system or particular aspects of it, such as risk assessment procedures or training progammes.
Following the visits, the company will be provided with an in-depth report on their performance with regards to health and safety management. This report will include recommendations for the company on how to futher progress health and safety.
For further information on our Health and Safety Audits or to discuss you individual requirements please do not hesitate to contact us.
health and safety inspections
Inspections are a key monitoring technique to ensure continued adherence to good health and safety standards in the workplace.
A health and safety inspection is a formal, structured examination of the physical working environment. The purpose of the inspection is to identify obvious hazards that are not controlled to a specified standard and eliminate or control them. Following the inspection a detailed documented report will be provided that will not only highlight the hazards of concern but will also;
- Identify actions to eliminate or control the hazards
- Prioritisation of the actions to be taken
- Set clear responsibilities and dates for action
Do I need Risk Assessments?
Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers must make an assessment of the risks to the Health and Safety of employees and anyone else affected by the activities of the organisation. If you employ 5 or more persons, then you are required to have written assessments.
Although the process of Risk Assessment may appear an intimidating and timeconsuming activity, the process is really quite straightforward and, an effective Health and Safety risk management program can greatly assist an organisation in achieving a healthier and safer work place.
How do you conduct a risk assessment?
The Health & Safety Executive guidance on the subject proposes a 5 step approach to risk assessments:
- Look for the Hazard (a hazard is something with the potential to cause harm, e.g. Slips/ Trips and fall, electricity, machinery hazards)
- Decide who might be harmed and by what means
- Evaluation of risks and assessment of all existing precautions. Once risks have been assessed you need to decide on how you are going to further control the risks and produce an action plan
- Record your significant findings (a record should be made of the assessment, which should detail the significant findings)
- Review your assessment and revise if necessary.
We do not believe in providing organisations with an “Off-the-shelf” package of assessments produced by consultants, as these will only meet the requirement to have the necessary paperwork, and will not really help in protecting peoples safety, as they are often not tailored to your individual and specific circumstances.
Having said that we can help you through the risk assessment process, and provide reasonable and practical training and assistance to enable your managers and staff achieve a sensible risk assessment programme.
If you require any further information concerning Risk Assessment or would simply like to discuss your individual requirements please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please note that assistance with Risk Assessments forms part of our Retainer Packages.