Health & Safety Auditing

 

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audits can be very appealing to external stake holders such as insurers, investors or potential clients

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Health and safety auditing is a type of active monitoring that forms a key part of an effective health and safely management system. An important feature of auditing is that it is conducted by those who have no direct involvement in the management of health and safety in the business (or department) being audited.

This makes auditing very different from other types of health and safety monitoring. It's objective, independent and therefore provides a different perspective. Health and safety auditors are not usually phased by the opinions of upper management or swayed by any pressure they might try to exert to obtain a favourable audit score.

Auditing can be conducted internally by developing a system of cross-departmental audits, or externally by bringing in professional health and safety auditors. There are advantages and disadvantages to either type. Many larger organisations make use of both internal and external audits and may wish to pursue accreditation via the external route. OHSAS 18001 is an example of a health and safety standard that can be externally accredited.

Health and safety audits can be very appealing to external stakeholders such as insurers, investors or potential clients as they can provide reassurance that the health and safety arrangements that a company has in place have been subject to formal scrutiny.

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about health and safety auditing.