NB: It's time to do your internal risk audit...here's how to plan for it!
Chances are you've heard about an internal risk audit. But haven't done one!
The purpose? To measure the performance of your risk management system. On inspection, the DoL will slap you with hefty fines or even close your doors if you're not compliant.
Don't panic! Over the next few weeks, we'll be guiding you through your risk audit process.
Planning your internal audit is the most important cornerstone. So keep reading below to see how to start your planning...
It would take you the entire day just to think of the 100 questions that you should be asking yourself
when doing your internal audit.
And I know your next question…
What exactly ARE the 100 questions you should be answering?
And how do they determine if your health and safety system is compliant with the OHSAS18001 standards?
We have a solution that does all the thinking for you.
Six actions to prepare for your health and safety internal risk audit...
#1: You need a standard audit procedure
This is a set of rules your company uses when conducting audits.
The Health & Safety Advisor says this procedure ensures:
• The quality of your audit is high;
• Your audit is effective;
• Continuity of; and
• Easy comparison of results.
#2: Notify all parties in writing
You must notify everyone taking part in, or affected by the audit in writing. They need to know where, when and what time the audit will take place.
#3: Have your company information handy
Here's a list of the types of information your audit team needs to get from your departments:
• Your company organogram;
• The roles and responsibilities of employees;
• Health and safety personnel;
• Staff statistics of working hours and shifts;
• Your premises' floor plan;
• Company profile;
• Process flow;
• Health and safety risk profile;
• Remote operating locations or off-site activity;
• Union representation; and
• Energy sources.
#4: Document health and safety procedures and make sure they're easily available to your employees
Outline what your employees must do to work safely. And make sure they know where to find these procedures.
#5: Give your employees health and safety training
After you document your safe work procedures, train your employees on them. Assess these measures regularly to see if your employees really follow them.
This brings us to the next point…
#6: Doing medical surveillance
There are four high risk occupations that require medical surveillance. Find out what they are and what you need to do when it comes to this process.
There you have it! Start with these and you're on your way to planning for your health and safety risk management internal audit.