Health and Safety Audits and Inspections

Walker Health and Safety Services Limited can assist businesses that require health and safety audits of their management system. Smaller organisations may just need a health and safety inspection and review of their current health and safety documentation to ensure compliance. 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. At Walker Health and Safety Services Limited we conduct our audits against the requirements of the UK legislation and the principles identified 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 corrective action plan will be produced to guide any identified areas of improvement. 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 assesses an organisation’s compliance to health and safety legislation and the effectiveness of the current Risk Assessment process, Policies, procedures and an organisation’s “Safe System of Work” including Contractor Safety and internal Rules and Regulations.

In addition, conducting a health and safety audit will identify any new safety hazards within 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.

Audits can often feel like a tedious task without the correct approach and system in place. However with the correct procedure a health and safety audit is much more. Having a comprehensive approach can enable health and safety audits to be an extremely valuable tool for businesses of any size.

What are the benefits of a health and safety audit?

Regular audits are significantly recognised as best practice for organisations across all industries. Audits are not to be seen as a box-ticking process but to ensure employee, customer and visitor protection from harm.

A thorough health and safety audit will ensure that the business is fully compliant with all relevant laws and regulations. This can reduce the risk of prosecution should an incident occur. Regular health and safety audits can also show business compliance within the organisation which can lead to improved standards across the board.

Why should a health and safety audit be conducted?

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 unlimited fines 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 workplace 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 identify safety procedures that should be implemented to 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 being completed up to standard (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 are a start-up business and came to Walker Health and Safety Services with little to no knowledge of what we needed to do ensure that our business maintained the highest standards of HSE. Emma guided us through the process and made recommendations which we implemented to ensure that we adhere to the higher of best practice and legal standards (at our request). We have been audited by two international customers who were unable to identify any shortcomings and requested sight of multiple documents all of which we were immediately able to provide. It was satisfying to be able to show that we took HSE seriously and were a well prepared and a professional organization. I definitely felt that Emma's services were money well spent and we value her advice which is always proportionate and sensible.

The Battery Box
As a voluntarily run recreation ground, with several sporting clubs, a social club and significant general amenity use by the public, the prospect of updating our inadequate H&S provision was daunting. Emma helped and guided us and, thankfully, told us to keep it simple but thorough. This gave us the encouragement we needed and knowing Emma was on hand as and when required was very reassuring. We would recommend her services to you: competent, professional, and understanding.

St George's Recreation Ground
Walker Health and Safety have helped us with getting our ISO 45001. Emma is very professional and helpful plus very friendly to work with. We get a lot of guidance and advice on improving our business system.

Portland Lighting Limited
It was a pleasure to work with Emma, she assisted in helping us get Chas up and running. Or should I say that she pretty much sorted it all for us, as we didn't know what we were doing. She was very knowledgeable, kind and helpful, and she brought biscuits! ;-) I would highly recommend this firm.

Vision Architecture
Emma was recommended to me to carry out a gap analysis of health and safety documentation and procedures for both our construction and joinery companies. I highly recommend Emma for her personable approach, thorough analysis and clear recommendations, quick turnaround, and patience with my many questions! No job seems to phase Emma and I will definitely be asking her for more help in the future!

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