Any good management system benefits from periodic external audits which create accountability and independent authentication.
As part of our reviews we can offer an external audit of all supported management systems measuring performance against agreed objectives and reviewing ongoing plans for improvement.
It is crucial that organisations ‘walk the talk’ and ensure that their investment into Risk Management travels through the organisation to the coal face where it is needed and is most effective.
Once objectives for improvement have been agreed and a full plan put into place then it is important that the improvements are verified independently and reported back to the Senior Management Team.
This external verification is priceless when having to demonstrate health and safety compliance to authorities or insurers in the event of an accident.
External audits can also provide organisations with a fresh pair of eyes looking over the hazards and risks which internal staff can become complacent with on a day to day basis.
Business models often include an element of outsourcing to third party suppliers. As suppliers are ambassadors of the contracting organisation it is essential that they manage Health and Safety to the same standard.
By undertaking supplier audits the organisation will be able to demonstrate due diligence with clients, be able to physically verify the information supplied during the procurement process and facilitate a good defence if anything goes wrong.