Health and safety auditing is a systematic, ongoing and periodic review of the entire occupational health and safety management system, including the policy and programs used to promote health and safety and prevent workplace accidents/incidents and work related illnesses.
Audits are conducted to determine the effectiveness of management systems and to identify the strengths and opportunities for improvements, with the initial health and safety audit can be used to establish standards against which future audits can be measured. A health and safety audit will also provide an objective outlook of the status of occupational health and safety management within the workplace.
How do we scope an audit?
There are three essential elements needed to evidence a successful audit. Firstly, you need to have the correct documentation in place; up-to-date Health and Safety policies, process documents, suitable arrangements for harmful substances etc. Secondly are the interviews with managers and heads of departments. Auditors need to speak to these people at suitable times. These interviews ask “is it in place?” Finally, there is the evidence. Are the policies and processes being carried out? Here, the auditor will talk to the people on the ‘shop floor’ and find out the actual processes being carried out.
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