An audit is a vital component in providing a documented record of your commitment to demonstrate continual improvement in health and safety.
Annual Health & Safety Auditing
Your Safety System should be audited regularly to assess its effectiveness. An annual audit will ensure your Safety System continues to serve your needs well. An annual audit provides a balanced view of the way your system is working. It involves a visit to your workplace and the production of a report complete with recommendations or suggested ways to improve things. If the system is working well the report will reflect that. It is not an exercise in change for the sake of it.
What it does do is provide an accurate gauge of how well your Safety System is working and provides a record that demonstrates your commitment to continual improvement in this area.
I am an accredited safety auditor certified by the Quality Society of Australasia.
We can audit your existing system and assess its effectiveness both as a workable safety system and for compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. All Audits include a full report complete with recommendations
WRONG. A Fire Evacuation Plan forms part of a Safety System. It must comply with Fire Service requirements and be tested regularly. It is only one of six essential elements of a Safety System.
WRONG. All employers are required by law to comply. The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 clearly sets out your responsibilities. The level of risk is not a factor.
WRONG.WorkSafe NZ are actively engaged in a workplace inspection program designed to improve workplace Health and Safety. They will ultimately visit most workplaces at least once and where they find areas on non compliance an improvement notice is usually issued
MAYBE. But if you do, you may face prosecution. Prevention is better than cure. A good Safety System will go a long way towards reducing your level of exposure.
WorkSafe New Zealand is far less likely today to penalise those employers who can show that they are committed to continuous improvement in workplace Health and Safety. My experience investigating accidents over the last twelve months shows that if an employer has a good documentary system in place and is using it, in general they have little to fear from a WorkSafe New Zealand investigation
The six essential elements of a Safety System are:
- A safety manual that contains a policy statement outlining your commitment to workplace Health & Safety
- An Accident Register
- A Hazard Register
- An Emergency Management Plan
- Training Records
- Contractor induction