Health and Safety Audit

Why is a Health and Safety Audit required?

According to Article 3 of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, employers have responsibility over fire safety for their employees and business premises; and failure to comply with fire safety legislation is a criminal offence. The law also mandates that businesses with more than 5 employees must have a written health and safety policy that is readily accessible to all employees.

The purpose of conducting a Health and Safety Audit (or a General Risk Assessment) of your premises is, at a minimum, the following:

  • Identify hazards — What could cause injury or illness in your organisation
  • Assess the risk — Decide the likelihood of someone being harmed and the seriousness of the risk
  • Action — Measures or actions to eliminate the hazards, or if this is not possible, control the risk

What happens during your Health and Safety Audit?

As health and safety compliance specialists, we provide services to help with all aspects of your organisation’s fire and health & safety compliance. In order for your organisation to fully comply with health & safety and fire safety legislation, appropriate documentation, up-to-date policies and effective procedures should be in place.

The following services are provided as part of your Health and Safety Audit / General Risk Assessment:

(Please note: for most organisations, not all of the below services will be applicable)

Health and Safety Policy

Employers Liability Insurance Certificate

Asbestos Risk Assessment

COSHH Risk Assessment & Material safety data sheet

DSEAR Risk Assessments

Display Screen Equipment Risk Assessment / Policy

Drugs and Alcohol Policy

Drowning Risk Assessment

PAT testing certification (or equivalent)

Electrical Installation Condition Certificate

Manual Handling Policy / Risk Assessment

Fire Risk Assessment

First Aid Policy

Food Hygiene Records

Lead Risk Assessment

Legionella Policy / Risk assessment

LOLER Certificate

Lone Working Policy

Noise Risk Assessment

Permit to Work records

PUWER records

RADON Risk Assessment

RIDDOR Policy/ procedure

Stress Policy

Traffic / Pedestrian Risk Assessment

Vibration at work Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment for vulnerable workers, pregnant or new mothers and migrant workers

Working at Height Risk Assessment / Policy

Throughout the visit, the assessor will require unrestricted access to all areas of the property, including any basements, lofts and boiler/plant rooms.  Additionally, they will need to look at the COSHH, Asbestos Register and CLEAPS records.

Consultancy Services

Our health and safety consultancy services are provided by IOSH and NEBOSH qualified assessors. Safesmart’s fire safety and health & safety consultants are available to provide audits, risk assessments, policy advice and legislative guidance regarding premises, employer and employee safety.

Is outside help really needed?

Most health and safety solutions exist in a generic form. For instance, within certain industries policies are pretty much transferable — the HSE website provides a lot of useful material.

However for many organisations, some legal and practical conundrums still remain. This is especially prevalent concerning industry-specific safety procedures and the additional (and sometimes completely niche) policies that tend to be involved in such cases.

In such cases, external health and safety consultancy is often needed in order to know which steps must be taken in order to ensure that both employees and employers are fully prepared for any health and safety scenarios that may come up in the present or the future.

Safesmart provides (alongside the aforementioned services) an open door consultancy for our customers; assisting in any health and safety issues that they might require specialist advice or help with.

Get in contact with us below to discuss how our consultancy can help you with your health & safety and fire safety requirements to ensure that your business meets all its legal obligations.

    Safesmart LTD

    1 Warren Yard
    Warren Park
    Stratford Road
    Milton Keynes
    MK12 5NW