Health and safety is a vital part of today's business organisation. Both the employers and the employees need to manage health and safety just like any other aspect of their business not because the law says so but because if they do not manage safety, it can prove dangerous later. Such failures not only lead to personal injuries and ill health but to material loss to the business. It is the loss of morale inside the business and customer confidence outside it.Such loss can be prevented with expert health and safety audits to confirm all workplace hazards are proficiently resolved. Organisations take their health and safety responsibilities quite seriously and you are probably one of them.
Why does your organisation need health and safety audit?
The health and safety audits are designed to provide an independent examination of your organisation's health and safety management system. The audit services identify the weaknesses and highlight the areas of strength. As your organisation not only identify the area of risks within the operation but can easily find a way to minimise potential loss. Health and safety audit indicate the potential risks your employee might face in the workplace. Also the service confirms that whether you are compliant with the existing health and safety legislation.
The audit inspector visits your company to examine the entire arrangement within the operations. They control any probable risks from work-related pressures or other safety at work issues. The inspector looks into whether your organisation has undertaken any type of plans to complete an appropriate risk assessment.
What are the key elements of risk assessment?
Analysis and hazard identification process
What are the primary checklists of health and safety audit service?
Demonstration of management commitment:
- Making personal statements on safety
- Incidents review and follow-up
- Inclusion of safety tips during management and staff meeting
- Holding routine safety performance review
Organisational and operational requirements:
- Regular review of individual performance
- To ensure an active and effective safety plans and programmes are in place
- To ensure an accident report and classification systems is in place
- To make line management clearly accountable for the safe operation and ensures that the safety requirements as specified in the contract is met
- To check that the safety department acts effectively as a support to line management
- Designing structured approach to identify the need for employee safety training
- To ensure that minimum training needs are satisfied start or change their job
- To prepare an effective safety training programme covering all job positions which are reviewed and updated on a regular basis
- Structuring a procedure to measure the effectiveness of training
- To ensure that audit service regularly validates the competence of the training instruction
- Training programmes should make use of the previous experience and lesson learned from incidents
Operating and safety procedure:
- A programme to systematically identify which operations require written procedures
- Written procedure for identifying routine operations should be easily understandable and readily available at the site where operation takes place
- An effective system to identify, develop and approve procedures for non-routine operations
- Ensuring the safe working practices are clearly defined, documented, followed and updated
- An effective system for equipment inspection and radiation monitoring
Emergency and incident response:
- A documented emergency procedure which should be regularly tested in practice,
- Well communicated and regularly updated
- Lesson learned from drills and exercises are widely communicated and reflected in future plans
- Analysis of incidents, evaluation of the causes and ensuring the follow-up recommendation are implemented at the right time.
Motivation and communication:
- Programmes recognising safety performance
- Clear communication of individual and collective safety performance
- System to immediately report any hazards
- Ad-hoc meetings for special review and task
- System to encourage safety suggestion and ideas
- A safety awareness programme that involves publicity, promotion off-the â€“job safety.
If your company requires such services, you can contact Lighthouse health & safety audit services to ensure that health and safety compliance with current legislation is also applied to your workplace.