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A health and safety audit is an expert assessment of an organisation’s health and safety policies, systems and procedures. CDG is an accredited inspection agency for health & safety audits as per IS 14489

A health a safety audit should address:

Are current procedures and systems correct and delivering the expected outcomes?
Is the organisation protecting the wellbeing of the workforce and complying with the relevant regulations?
What are the benefits of a health and safety audit?

Regular health and safety audits are widely recognised as best practice for all types of organisations. Audits are much more than just a box-ticking exercise or defensive measure; they can bring about positive benefits to businesses.

Primarily, audits enable you to protect employees, customers and visitors from harm. But ultimately, a professionally conducted audit can also safeguard the existence of the company. That’s because a serious incident could result in prosecutions, severe reputational damage and financial penalties.

Why have a health and safety audit?
No organisation is legally obliged to undergo a health and safety compliance audit. Nevertheless, companies of all types and sizes consider regular audits to be essential.

Reasons why you should conduct a health and safety audit:
Health and safety audits reveal much more than just what is going wrong. They also highlight successes and enable employers to praise the people who are getting it right.

Setting up a safety audit system doesn't just protect employees and customers from injury and illness. It motivates staff by showing them that their employer is serious about their well-being. A correctly conducted safety audit can safeguard a company’s assets. A serious health and safety incident can lead to unfavourable publicity that damages trade.

When the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brings prosecutions for health and safety breaches, they invariably cite failures that an audit would have highlighted. Prosecutions can lead to enormous fines and legal costs, even imprisonment.

Every employer is legally obliged to have a health and safety policy in place. This should be in writing if there are five or more employees. Without an audit, it's impossible to be sure that your policy is fit for purpose. So, as well as a health and safety policy, you need a safety audit policy.

What does a typical health and safety policy look like?
A health and safety policy sets out how the business intends to manage health and safety, stating clearly who does what, when, and how in three sections.
Statement of intent, outlining the company's health and safety goals.

Specific health and safety responsibilities of management and employees, listing names, positions and roles.

Existing health and safety issues at the business and what practical measures are in place to ensure that these issues are addressed e.g. doing a risk assessment, training employees, and using safety signs or equipment.

Under The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), a company's health and safety policies must be frequently reviewed and assessed. What’s more, all employees must be fully informed of any changes made.

The experts at CDG can help you identify your health and safety issues and write a clear, concise and practical health and safety policy.

What does a health and safety audit cover?

A typical OHS audit (occupational health and safety) will include:
Documentation: checking that you have a suitable health and safety policy, process documents and suitable arrangements for harmful substances in place.
Interviews with managers, heads of departments, and ‘shop floor’ personnel (who often have invaluable insights based on everyday working experience).
Checking whether your health and safety policy is being followed.

Our Accreditation

CDG is one of very few inspection agencies in India which are accredited (ISO 17020 accredited by ILAC channel) for ‘Health & safety Inspection’. We conduct health & safety audit as per IS 14489