Health & Safety Audit, The Issues Needs To Be Considered And The Methods Of Gathering Information During An Audit

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Health & Safety Audit And The Issues Needs To Be Considered And The Methods Of Gathering Information During An Audit 

There are Three Parts to Discuss Here:

  • Part (a) – Give the meaning of the term health and safety audit.
  • Part (b) – Outline the issues that need to be considered at the planning stage of an audit.
  • Part (c) – Identify two methods of gathering information during an audit.



Let’s Discuss the Part (a) First

Give the meaning of the term health and safety audit

The Meaning of the term Health and Safety Audit

An audit –  is a systematic critical examination of a health and safety management system, involving a structured process for the collection of independent information with the aim of assessing the effectiveness and reliability of the total system and identifying its strengths and weaknesses in order to improve it where this was thought to be necessary.

Now Let’s Discuss the Part (b)



Outline the issues that need to be considered at the planning stage of an audit.

Issues that Need to be Considered at the Planning Stage of an Audit, Include:

  • The selection of a competent audit team independent of the area to be audited;
  • Agreeing on the objectives and scope of the audit;
  • Developing audit questionnaires and checklists and agreeing on relevant guidance and standards that would be applied;
  • Allocating resources and facilities;
  • Agreeing on timescales and deciding on methods of feedback.

Now Let’s Discuss the Part (c)



Identify two methods of gathering information during an audit

Methods Of Gathering Information During An Audit Include:

  • Interviewing; reviewing and assessing written procedures; and
  • Workplace observations to assess compliance with relevant health and safety standards and guidance.

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