SAFETY & HEALTHAUDIT
A health and safety audit is an expert assessment of an organisation’s health and safety policies, systems and procedures.
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 different types of organisations. Audits can bring about positive benefits to businesses.
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.
A Fire Safety Audit is an examination of your business’ premises and relevant documents by fire safety inspectors, to ascertain how your premises are being managed with regards to fire safety.
During the audit, officers may speak to some of your employees to ensure their fire safety awareness is at the level you proclaimed.
Why do it?
Fire Safety Audits are usually pre-arranged and can be conducted for a number of reasons:
- A complaint
- A fire
- A follow-up audit
- On request, i.e. if an owner or occupier requests an audit
- In conjunction with other authorities, i.e. if you’ve submitted a premises license application.
The goal of EA is to establish if proponents of projects are complying with environmental requirements and enforcing legislation.
WHAT ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT LOOKS FOR An environmental auditor shall appraise all project activities, including the production of goods and services, taking into consideration environmental regulatory frameworks, environmental standards, environmental health and safety measures and sustainable use of natural resources.
A noise survey takes noise measurements throughout an entire plant or section to identify noisy areas. Noise surveys provide very useful information which enables us to identify:
- Areas where employees are likely to be exposed to harmful levels of noise and personal dosimetry may be needed.
- Machines and equipment which generate harmful levels of noise.
- Employees who might be exposed to unacceptable noise levels.
- Noise control options to reduce noise exposure.
- Variability in noise levels during different operating conditions
- Impact on noise level from modifications or changes in operations
Noise survey is conducted in areas where noise exposure is likely to be hazardous. Noise level refers to the level of sound. A noise survey involves measuring noise level at selected locations throughout an entire plant or sections to identify noisy areas. This is usually done with a sound level meter (SLM). A reasonably accurate sketch showing the locations of workers and noisy machines is drawn. Noise level measurements are taken at a suitable number of positions around the area and are marked on the sketch. The more measurements taken, the more accurate the survey is. A noise map can be produced by drawing lines on the sketch between points of equal sound level. Noise survey maps provide very useful information by clearly identifying areas where there are noise hazards.
SAFETY AND HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENTAUDIT
Hazard identification means the identification of undesired events that lead to the materialization of the hazard and the mechanism by which those undesired events could occur.
Risk is, at minimum, a two-dimensional concept involving the possibility of an adverse outcome, and uncertainty over the occurrence, timing, or magnitude of that adverse outcome. If either attribute is absent, then there is no risk.
Risk assessment is a systematic process for describing and quantifying the risks associated with hazardous substances, processes, actions, or events.
Risk assessment method can be defined as any self-contained systematic procedure conducted as part of a risk assessment – that is, any procedure that can be used to help generate a probability distribution for health or environmental consequences.
AIR QUALITY MONITORING AND EVALUATIONAUDIT
Ambient air monitoring is the systematic, long-term assessment of pollutant levels by measuring the quantity and types of certain pollutants in the surrounding, outdoor air.
Ambient air monitoring is an integral part of an effective air quality management system. Reasons to collect such data include to:
- assess the extent of pollution;
- provide air pollution data to the general public in a timely manner;
- support implementation of air quality goals or standards;
- evaluate the effectiveness of emissions control strategies;
- provide information on air quality trends;
- provide data for the evaluation of air quality models; and
- support research (e.g., long-term studies of the health effects of air pollution).
There are different methods to measure any given pollutant. A developer of a monitoring strategy should examine the options to determine which methods are most appropriate, taking into account the main uses of the data, initial investment costs for equipment, operating costs, reliability of systems, and ease of operation.
• Environmental Impact Assessment
• Radiation Survey
• Dust Measurements And Analysis
• Energy Audits
• Accident Investigation Services
• Temperature Survey
• Electrical Integrity Test
• Light Survey
• Vibration Measurements
• Plant And Machinery Examination
• Fire Drill Coordination