Health and Safety Audits
The value of safety audits is recognised by the University and the requirement for carrying out audits is contained in the University Safety Policy.
Aims of a Health and Safety Audit
There are 4 main aims of the Health and Safety Audit
- To assess the effectiveness of the present health and safety management procedures and provide the Head of Department with feedback on the present organisation and arrangements.
- To identify strengths and aspects of departmental procedures and systems that have contributed to a safe and healthy working environment.
- To identify areas where improvements in the management of health and safety are required to enable the Head of Department to comply with University policies and statutory obligations.
- To make recommendations providing the Head of Department with a framework for a management plan of action.
The Audit ProcedureThere are two parts to the overall procedure for audits.
Departmental Safety Inspections
Safety Inspections should be carried out at least annually by all departments. Depending upon the level of risk associated with departmental activity this may be more frequent.