Audit

Health and Safety Arrangements

Does the organisation have a health, safety and welfare policy statement that is clear and unambiguous and signed by the head of the organisation?

Does it make a clear commitment to meeting all relevant and current standards as well as continually improving standards?

Is there a commitment to review the policy at least annually and keep it up to date?

Is there evidence that the health and safety responsibilities are delegated to appropriate levels in the organisation?

Is there evidence that compliance with health and safety procedures is monitored?

Is there evidence that staff are consulted on key health and safety issues and their views (where appropriate) are taken into account?

Is there a formal process that enables staff to raise health and safety or welfare issues with senior management?

Is there a process to communicate health and safety information to relevant staff?

Is health an safety information available in other formats, eg large type, audio versions and other languages?

Are health and safety competencies identified and built into job profiles?

Is there evidence that the requirements for "information, instruction and training" are being met, including refresher training?

Is a competent person appointed to carry out risk assessments?

Are there systems in place to identify hazards and assess risk in the organisation?

Is there evidence that the risk assessment process feeds into control measures and safe systems of work and are these monitored?

Are there written procedures for serious and imminent dangers?

Are employment agencies aware of special skills if required?

Do contractors provide method statements before starting work?

Does the organisation have key performance indicators ( KPIs) for health and safety performance, and are they used to improve performance?

Is there evidence of benchmarking performance?

Is there evidence of reactive monitoring of health and safety performance?

Is there evidence of proactive monitoring of health and safety performance?

Are work-related health trends monitored?

Has the organisation identified all workplace stressors and conducted risk assessments to eliminate stress or control the risks from stress?

Are there procedures in place for employees to notify employer of hazards, defects in premises or equipment?

Are there arrangements for reviewing the organisation's health and safety performance?

Is there evidence that the review looks at the adequacy of existing arrangements or the organisational structure for health and safety?

Is there evidence that a review of an individuals performance includes consideration of their health and safety performance?

Does the organisation have Employer's Liability Insurance and is the certificate available to view?

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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.