When people go to work everyday, they hardly think about the safety in the workplace? With the daily workload, how could they? “Senior management should think about it”. It’s something you could read about in the newspapers, or maybe receive an email about occupational health and safety webinars being held. Workplace safety entirely depends on the effectiveness of the health and safety management systems, and it’s bound by law to be audited regularly. Is there more to it though.
Those systems must comply with the standing safety regulations. Health and safety audits are essential when it comes to assuring employees that they are working in a safe environment. Perhaps the biggest benefit of an audit is to spot weaknesses within the management control systems in your organisation. In order to check your systems, if you don’t have at least one employee trained to be an internal auditor, you would have to hire one outside of your organisation. Those auditors are usually certified members of the institution for occupational health and safety (CMIOSH). The safety management systems would be then inspected according to the current legislative requirements.
Now, managers of many smaller firms and companies treat workplace safety subject and OHS audit in general as an unnecessary expense to avoid government penalties and fines. This shallow way of thinking has blinded them to see a simple fact that’s been proven many times over. Commitment to OHS indirectly boosts managers and employees productivity, thus making it a profitable investment. Besides that, OHS audit can point out to any weaknesses in human resources and improve employees skills as well. Statistical facts are telling us that audited OHS have positive psychological influence on the employees. It changes employees perception of their senior management, and makes them feel good that they work under responsible leadership who wants to invest in their safety.
External auditing reports often shows possible cost reductions in various organisation. To name one example – smaller insurance premiums. For instance, if a company employs a larger work force, overall costs would be significantly lower on insurance alone. If the ad-hoc inspections report shows the highest level of safety that is.
Whether the companies do it internally or otherwise, OHS audit is necessary and leads to productive outcomes. External auditors might be the right choice because of their experience of performing their job in various industries, at different companies. While the internal auditing has lots of cons, such as employee training, lack of experience and ultimately unreliable reports.
With external work place audits you’ll get unbiased detailed reports, expert recommendations and your organisation may receive an auditing award. That way you can proudly demonstrate the findings of your auditor and also boost the morale of your employees.
Just another way to indirectly amp up the productivity of your organisation. Third parties, such as clients and partners would be thrilled to be working with your company on future projects, feeling confident that there’s not going to be any legal issues hanging over their heads. That’s a huge plus nowadays, because nobody likes a legal hustle. Award of that statute can give you a pristine reputation, even if you haven’t been in the business long.
Even those building or renovating their home, need to be aware of potential health and safety issues on the site. These days rules and regulations for even the home builder are quite strict, and home owners need to be aware of this. So if your renovating your own home, make sure you understand your obligations on you as a home owner.