For any organisation, it’s essential to prioritise the wellbeing of your employees to enhance productivity, maintain high morale and create a safe working environment. However, as an organisation who relies on contractors, you contend with significantly more risk due to workers being unfamiliar with the organisation, the site and your expectations.
To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all individuals involved, it is essential to perform regular Health and Safety Audits and implement a comprehensive safety audit checklist.
A Health and Safety Audit is a thorough assessment of your organisation’s health and safety policies, processes, procedures and systems. Its primary goal is to identify gaps and provide actionable steps to mitigate risks and hazards in the workplace. By conducting regular audits, you can continuously improve your health and safety practices and maintain a safe environment for everyone.
Our Health and Safety Audit Checklist covers several key areas of concern, helping you establish a process that guarantees the highest standards of health and safety in your organisation:
Ensure employees receive proper training on the correct use and maintenance of PPE, helping prevent accidents and injuries.
Regularly check and maintain dangerous machinery to minimise the risks associated with their use.
Ensure equipment used for tasks at heights is regularly checked, employees are trained on its safe use, and weight restrictions are adhered to.
Maintain a safe working environment for tasks involving heavy goods, including properly functioning ramps, platforms, and loading arms.
Establish clear evacuation procedures, ensure working fire extinguishers are readily available, and raise awareness among employees about fire emergency protocols.
Implement safety procedures and provide adequate lighting to protect employees from electrical hazards.
Implement appropriate procedures for handling and storing hazardous substances, providing necessary equipment and training to employees.
Regular health and safety audits are essential to maintaining compliance with relevant regulations and standards. A Health and Safety Audit Checklist helps you establish a schedule for conducting audits, depending on the risk level of your organisation and industry-specific requirements. By regularly monitoring your workplace, you can identify potential areas of improvement, rectify dangers and avoid legal fines. This proactive approach not only keeps your contractors safe but also safeguards your organisation from potential risks and legal consequences.
The Verature platform allows organisations to share, request and track all safety-related documents, including audit reports, competencies, risk assessments, training and induction records. This centralised documentation system ensures that all necessary information is readily available during safety audits, making it easier to assess and track compliance. Additionally, Verature enables seamless communication, allowing for real-time updates and notifications regarding safety concerns or protocol changes.Learn More
Verature’s Digital Permit to Work system ensures PPE and Risk Assessment checks related to these high risks works are completed. It offers a Permit Audit and Check feature for easy on-site auditing and documentation. Snap and attach images from any device to securely store necessary information. Verature’s permissions and workflows ensure only competent users can issue permits, preventing shortcuts and maintaining compliance. Detailed audit activity log provides visibility and traceability for accountability and regulatory compliance.Learn more
Verature’s real-time dashboards enable organisations to monitor the status of contractors, permits and safety protocols at a glance. Early identification of potential issues, upcoming work schedules and automated alerts play a vital role in mitigating risks and ensuring the overall safety of the workforce. This proactive approach minimises the chances of accidents, helps organisations avoid legal consequences, and fosters a safer working environment for everyone involved.Learn More
Verature’s onboarding platform serves as an ideal tool for conducting safety training and inductions for contractors and even in-house teams. Incorporating safety audit checklists into the training modules ensures that contractors receive comprehensive safety training and understand the specific safety protocols associated with their tasks and work locations. This streamlined approach to safety training during onboarding sets a strong foundation for contractors, helping them understand and prioritise safety from day one.Learn more
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