Occupational safety and health audit at the enterprise is an assessment of compliance of labour conditions at the enterprise with the requirements of Labor Protection Act of Ukraine and its by-laws. Occupational safety and health or safety in industries may be inspected in different ways and scopes. The final cost of the audit and its time period directly depend on the tasks to be solved by the audit. The main criterion of audit quality is feasibility of its results. The report does not need to be extensive or complicated.
CRITERIA OF QUALITATIVE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AUDIT
1. The report has a simple and comprehensible structure — general-to-specific approach.
2. The comments in report are worded in plain language.
3. Recommendations in report are easily understandable and available for implementation without re-engaging the audit company or subject matter experts.
AS PART OF OSH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AUDIT BY RACIO. CENTER, COMPANIES ARE EVALUATED IN 5 AREAS:
1. Audit of enterprise documentation.
Analysis of occupational safety and health and fire safety documents existing at the enterprise for compliance with the requirements of Ukrainian legislation.
We assess adequacy of OSH documents available at the enterprise — both internal (regulations, orders, procedures, programs, etc.) and external — permits for hazardous works, certificates undergoing special trainings on occupational safety and health by personnel, medical examinations, certification of work places, etc.
2. Audit of equipment at production site.
Assessment of safety and performance of equipment, machines, machinery, territory. We assess both the general condition of equipment and its compliance with the requirements of occupational safety and health legislation: availability and relevance of inspections, surveys, inspections, etc.
3. Audit of works.
Assessing of safety of works performance by personnel demonstrates how personnel’s actions and operating procedures comply with the internal and national requirements for occupational safety and health.
4. Audit of personnel.
Assessment of practical knowledge of personnel on occupational safety and health and fire safety is an assessment of the extent to which personnel is aware of the scope of safety requirements and the logic of these requirements in the context of ongoing work.
5. Audit of managers.
Assessing of knowledge and skills of decision-makers and managers in the field of occupational safety and health and fire safety will demonstrate how linear managers are aware of the extent of responsibility, the scope of work and procedures for occupational safety and health protection they must carry out.
RESULT OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AUDIT AT THE ENTERPRISE
OSH audit results in a written report indicating the identified shortcomings and inconsistencies. Report provides the specific recommendations on adaptation of the existing OSH and fire safety management system to the best for the company’s business processes form.
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