Health and Safety Audits and Inspections

Walker Health and Safety Services can assist businesses that require health and safety audits of their management system. For smaller organisations, this might be as simple as a health and safety inspection of the premises and a review of current health and safety documentation. A report is then issued detailing all observations and recommendations.

Larger organisations may be looking for an external Health and Safety Audit check of their management system. Walker Health and Safety service audits are carried out against the requirements of UK legislation and the principles contained in the Health & Safety Executive guidance on health & safety management systems, HS(G)65 Successful Health & Safety Management.

Following the health and safety audit, a prioritised action plan will be produced to guide any required improvements. We would be happy to assist with any recommendations if required, but this is totally up to the client and they are free to implement the recommendations without our assistance if required.

Please note that health and safety audits can also be covered as part of our annual support for clients.

What is a Health and Safety Audit?

A Health and Safety Audit is a process that allows us to measure Organisations compliance to health and safety legislation and the effectiveness of the current Risk Assessment process, Policies, procedures and an Organisations “Safe System of Work” including Contractor Safety and internal Rules and Regulations.

In addition, the Health and Safety Audit will identify any new hazards in the workplace, relevant trends in respect of slips, trips and falls and at the same time incorporate the requirements of new and amended legislation that has occurred since the date of the original Risk Assessment and Policies.

Why should you have an Audit?

You have an absolute legal duty to monitor, maintain and review all matters and arrangements of health and safety. By adhering to the Audit requirement and process an Organisation will be able to demonstrate that health and safety are pro-actively managed in accordance with legislative, Insurers and Fire Department requirements.

A Health and Safety Audit will also act as a suitable defence in a court of law, should either Civil or Criminal proceedings be instigated.

Applicable Legislation:

  • The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
  • Legal Precedent: A ruling made in court which then influences future cases involving similar issues.

Consequences of Non-Conformity

Health and safety legislation unlike conventional English Law, assumes you are guilty until proven innocent. In other words, the burden of proof lies with the Defendant to prove his/her innocence.

Fines and Imprisonment

As a consequence of new legislation, namely The Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008, imprisonment and fines of up to £20,000 may now be imposed upon an individual employee regardless of rank or position. This serves to demonstrate that ownership of health and safety is now every one’s responsibility and acts as a warning to ensure ongoing maintenance and management of all health and safety matters.

What are Work Inspections?

Inspections are a proactive part of good health and safety management. An inspection helps to identify hazards or processes that may not be working efficiently and decide what measures should be in place before an accident may occur.

An inspection is organised between the company and Walker Health and Safety Services Limited.

They can be carried out as frequently as required. Inspections may be required less often if the work environment is low risk such as in an office, but more frequent inspection will be needed if certain workplace areas or specific activities are high risk or change rapidly or significantly.

What does a General Safety Inspection involve?

A general workplace inspection should include the following checks:

  • Machinery – Is it sufficiently maintained and guarded?
  • Systems of work – Are designs safe and still being followed?
  • Hazardous substances – Are they used and stored safely?
  • Manual handling – Are staff adequately trained and using correct aids?
  • Workplace – Is housekeeping good (no trailing wires etc)?
  • Fire precautions – Are extinguishers in place and escape routes clear?
  • Welfare facilities – Is a stocked first aid box in place, are toilets clean?

In addition, the management system is checked to include the policy, risk assessments and other documentation.

Contact us for an informal discussion on how we can help with your health and safety inspections or audits, or to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our expert team.

Health and Safety Audits and Inspections
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We have worked with Walker Health and Safety Services for several years. They have provided us with excellent and speedy support and guidance on all matters of health and safety and related matters. We would highly recommend to others, their knowledge, skills, and application in all aspects of company safety.

Harry - Acton Banks
Great service from Emma and what a lovely lady! Carried out our DSE workstation assessments and is happy to come back and check on us once we have our new chairs! Would definitely recommend.

CEL UK - Marie
I can safely say, the service I received from Walker Health and Safety Services was excellent…From the visit to our premises (on Emma's day off!) to the final risk assessment. I was consulted throughout the process, and everything was explained in a way I could understand. It was a very specific assessment that I needed but will definitely use them in the future for risk assessment/health and safety requirements.

The Asylum Venue - Roy
Just about 2 years ago I was looking for an external consultant to help develop and improve our policies and procedures. Our search led us to Emma at Walker Health and Safety Services in the intervening years Emma has consistently delivered timely updates and helpful advice. Added to that 2 very thorough audits with effective feedback and points for improving, Protolabs is delighted to work with Emma and looks forward to many more years of partnership and co-operation I highly recommend this company and its services to anyone.

Protolabs Limited - Alan
Emma and the team at Walker Health and Safety are fantastic to work with. We always get clear and pragmatic advice to make sure we are keeping our staff - and our customers safe. Emma is very knowledgeable and puts the needs of our business first, adapting her practices to suit us - not the other way round! I can't recommend her highly enough!

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