Health & Safety Audit | Keeping you in the know
Thinking of conducting a Health and Safety Audit?
You may feel you’re managing health and safety appropriately, but is there something at the back of your mind that your’re not fully confident about?
With health and safety auditing from Ellis Whittam’s network of qualified health and safety consultants, you can rest assured knowing that your risk is being appropriately managed.
Duty of Care and Auditing
Employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and others who might be affected by their activities. In doing so, all health and safety matters and arrangements must be monitored, maintained and reviewed.
Indeed, health and safety issues can change over time.
A health and safety audit ensures that any changes in law are reflected in how you manage Health & Safety.
What exactly is a health and safety audit?
It’s defined by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) as:
“The collection of independent information on the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of the total health and safety management system and drawing up plans for corrective action”.
This may sound complex, but put simply, a safety audit is a process that checks your compliance with health and safety regulations.
It also looks at how effective you are at practicing what you preach. Safety audits, then, are comparable to financial audits – they evaluate compliance and performance.
Health and Safety Auditing Aims
A health and safety audit checklist would generally look to:
- Assess whether current safety processes and procedures align with the law;
- Identify risks in the workplace (as well as the levels of those risks);
- Identify arrangement strengths and weaknesses (sooner problems are identified and addressed, the better);
- Reveal where and how to make improvements;
- Ensure health and safety resources are adequate and used effectively;
- Remove unsafe practices and hazards; and
- Assess if a proper performance review system is in place.
Who Should Conduct a Health and Safety Audit
There are two ways to audit your organisation – you can use an external auditor or you can audit yourself internally.
However, the auditor needs to be independent of the activity or part of the organisation being audited. Also, if the audit is not carried out by a professional auditor, there will be a higher chance that errors and problems won’t be detected.
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 say employers must have health and safety assistance from a ‘Competent Person’.
In other words, whoever does the audit must have the training, experience or knowledge be able to make sure you’re complying with health and safety law.
Get Specialist Help
Safety audits are essential in making sure you’re complying with the law.
Workplace injuries are also, more often than not, the result of minor issues that could have been detected by an audit.
But if you don’t feel you have sufficient competence in the audit process, then let Ellis Whittam’s Health & Safety Team audit for you.
Our IOSH qualified Health & Safety Auditors are tailored to meet your precise needs – they can be desktop only or can include site visits to check premises, practices and policies.
Following the assessment, we produce a report detailing our observations and recommendations, including guidance on how to make any required improvements.
Our Health & Safety specialists can also:
- Act as your ‘Competent Person’;
- Carry out risk assessments; and
- Create your health and safety policy.
Health & Safety Audit Software
As part of our core Health & Safety service, our Health & Safety Software will revolutionise your approach to auditing.
Use the power of this intuitive tool to integrate with your organisation and pull your data into one risk status indicator.
Compliance at the click of a button.
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Why Ellis Whittam?
Health and safety law is huge, complex and constantly changes.
While there’s no shortage of Health & Safety Consultants to help you develop your health and safety systems, ask yourself, how robust is their knowledge of the law?
Talk to the Professionals
At Ellis Whittam, we only employ consultants with the best qualifications and vast experience in the field, making them best placed to keep your organisation on the right side of the law.
Contact us for more information.