9. Proactive Health and Safety Management
This is section 9 of 10 to be included in your submission.
The organisation should continually evaluate and review the effectiveness of its health and safety management system and its safety statement / health and safety policy. The review should consider whether the policy and objectives continue to be appropriate and where necessary set new or updated objectives to achieve continual improvement.
Organisations should define the differences between health and safety audits and inspections with appropriate audit and inspection systems implemented within its operations.
By auditing the health and safety management system the organisation can review and continually evaluate its effectiveness. Health and safety inspections typically focus on the organisation’s compliance with health and safety legislation and employee’s compliance with the organisation’s health and safety policy and safe systems of work. Behavioural auditing techniques may be employed to assess health and safety culture, attitude and behaviours.
Supporting evidence is required in key areas and need to include policies and procedures associated with this section such as current evidence of implementation and review. Examples of these are:
- Evidence of the planning and scheduling of internal and external audits and inspections;
- Evidence of completed audit inspection reports;
- Evidence of the corrective action taken.