Undertaking a Health and Safety or OHS Audit (or OHS Review) assists businesses to evaluate how effective their safety processes have been implemented. An OHS Audit will assist a business to reflect on “safety as done”, compared to “safety as imagined”. Once a business has an OHS Management System (OHSMS), it is important that the OHSMS is regularly audited (as a whole or by elements over a period of time), to evaluate if it is operating as expected. When undertaken correctly, an OHS Audit program will assist a business to continue to improve its OHS performance. It will showcase what is working effectively, whilst also providing direction on opportunities to improve the management of foreseeable workplace OHS hazards and risks.
One key to a successful OHS audit is the attitude of the auditor. Our experienced auditors are accredited Lead OHSMS Auditors with Exemplar Global (RABQSA); this will give you the confidence that your audit scope will be met. The OHS audit methodology Action OHS Consulting adopts will assist businesses of all sizes and across all industries to improve their workplace safety performance. Our methodology will help you identify the strengths of your OHS Program, and the opportunities that are available to improve your OHS performance.
The proactive approach that our consultants will adopt during the OHS Audit, ensures that we will provide your business with a positive experience and practical outcomes, which will be considerate of your business’s size and operations. At the completion of the OHS Audit, we guarantee that you won’t be left thinking, “what next?”.
Prior to attending your site, our OHS Audit Team will provide you with direction on the OHS documents that we intend to review during the OHS Audit and people that we will look to speak with, so you can be planned. When onsite, our OHS Audit Team will conduct both a pre-audit meeting and post-OHS Audit meeting to ensure that there is clear communication with everyone involved with the OHS Audit Program. When conducting the OHS Audit onsite, our OHS Audit Team will focus on “what you are doing well” and aim to identify “areas of improvement” with your teams, rather than encouraging a focus on what you’re doing wrong. This will support internal credibility with respect to how your business currently manages OHS, and assist your business to use the OHS Audit program as an opportunity to grow and improve.
Our OHS Audit service includes:
- OHS Management System (OHSMS) Audits (against AS4801 & ISO 45001)
- National OHS Self Insurance Audit Program (NAT)
- Retro-Paid Loss Premium Module (WorkCover NSW)
- 5th Edition Work Health and Safety Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines applicable to all NSW government construction and infrastructure projects.
- Quality Management System Audit (against ISO9001)
- Director and Officer Due Diligence Audits (against Section 27-5, Work Health and Safety Act)
- Site-Specific OHS Audits (e.g. for strata bodies, businesses operating across multiple sites/locations/projects, etc.)
- Development of Internal OHS Audit Programs.
If you would like further information regarding how Action OHS Consulting can assist you with your OHS Audit framework, please contact us. For more details on OHS Audit, please see below.
Our OHS Audit Methodology
Action OHS Consulting use internationally certified Exemplar Global auditors to establish and OHS audit framework and schedule that meets the objectives of the client. Our audit methodology typically will include:
- OHS audit planning
- Defining the OHS audit objectives, scope, and criteria
- Conducting on-site OHS audit activities (including but not limited to: document review, site inspection, key stakeholder interviews)
- Identifying auditee’s strengths, opportunities for development and continued improvement
- OHS audit report development
- OHS report delivery and presentation
OHS Audit frameworks we can assist you with
An OHS Audit is an evaluation of a safety system or process. While an OHS audit is most commonly associated with the content and implementation of a business’ OHSMS; an OHS audit can also be scoped to address a specific need of a business. Common OHS audit frameworks that are currently of interest include:
- OHS Management System Audits (against AS/NZS 4801 and ISO 45001). An OHSMS Audit has a wide scope, and whilst addressing hazards and risk controls, it also looks at the effectiveness and implementation of your organisational structure and governance, safety planning, responsibilities, implemented procedures, review cycles and measurement and evaluation issues.
- 5th Edition Work Health and Safety Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines applicable to all NSW government construction and infrastructure projects. All NSW government construction projects with a contract value of $1m need an accredited WHS management system that is consistent with the WHS Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines (5th Edition). This is a key element of the Procurement Policy Frameworks of the NSW Government. These requirements apply for tenders invited from 1 Oct 2013 and subsequent contracts.
- WHS Directors and Officers Due Diligence Audit (Section 27-5, Model Work Health and Safety Bill). The model work health and safety legislation places positive duties on directors and officers. This OHS audit looks specifically at this section of the model legislation and your business’ performance.
- Site-Specific OHS Auditing. A site-specific OHS Audit will review how your business performs against a specific chapter(s) of the OHS Legislation or Code of Practice. Examples include but are not limited to first aid, manual handling and noise.
- Development of Internal OHS Audit Programs. We will review your business with you, to understand your OHSMS and OHS hazards to define what your internal audit program should look like, and establish the appropriate tools to ensure that safety performance is monitored to facilitate continuous improvement.
How frequent should businesses complete an OHS Audit?
Commonly, businesses of all sizes should establish an OHS Audit schedule to facilitate a robust and strong understanding of how safety is implemented in their business operations. It is advised that an OHS Audit is completed by persons external to your business at a minimum of every 2-years; with persons internal at the workplace completing OHS audits at a minimum of once a year. This will support you to meet and exceed the OHS Audit requirements of AS/NZS 4801:2001 and ISO 45001.