Are you complying with Legal standards?
Are you aware with what is right and what is not with Health & Safety Management System?
To answer the above question & put the puzzle together, what do you require???
You require Health & Safety Audit!!!
A Health and Safety Audit of any business is a critical evaluation to check if the Health & Safety compliance is achieved. It is an essential tool to evaluate what is going right, and what is not.
This enables bench marking the“best practices" to be spread throughout a company resulting in progressive improvement. ILO R 164 recommends that all organisations’ are subject to a periodic health and safety audit to ensure that their Safety Management Systems are adequate and to help to achieve continuous improvement.
Health and Safety Audit - If you're busy running your business, it is sometimes difficult to know whether you're managing the health and safety aspects and staying on the right side of the law.
We have versatile auditors, who are capable of demonstrating either Indian Standard 14489:1998 or OHSAS 18001:2007 series– code of practice on Occupational Safety and Health Audit. The specific hazards prevalent in any organisation are also identified at the field to provide engineering and system solutions.
Understanding the needs& requirements of Organisations, audits can focus on all elements of Occupation, Safety and Health system. To quote few,
* Planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
* IS or OHSAS management programme
* Structure and responsibility
* Safety awareness and competency Training
* Safety Consultation and communication
* Operational control (like Safe system of work, Permit to work system)
* Safety awareness and competency Training
* Promoting positive safety culture
Benefits of Safety Audit
* Identify Substandard H&S practices
* Assess the potential losses associated with the risk
* Performance Improvement
* Improved safety culture
* Evolve measures to minimize the losses
* Potential Insurance saving
A safety audit uncovers unsafe conditions and poor work practices, which are the principal causes of accidents. Thus, the safety audit process can reduce illnesses and injuries, and associated medical, insurance, and litigation costs.
In addition to improving the safety and health of employees, the audit process can also improve business operations. It can maintain, and in some instances, increase productivity, by reducing interruptions caused by accidents. It identifies conditions where machinery, equipment, or tools need repair or replacement, thus increasing the efficiency of the business operation. The bottom line is that an effective safety audit contributes to improved quality, productivity, performance, and profitability of a business.
Another added advantage in carrying out a health and safety audit is that it will enable an Organisation to satisfy itself that the company’s own Health and Safety Policy and associated documents are being implemented properly.
The findings from the audit will be detailed in a report which will offer advice and guidance on actions necessary to enable the company to fully comply with health & safety regulations and best industry practice.
In addition we will review structure and methods of operation, and survey the workplace internally, externally and site operations, to identify hazards, effectiveness of existing control measures, unsafe acts or conditions, and non-compliance with Regulations, poor individual safety awareness. Our audits have proved extremely useful to Organisations to introduce an active HSEMS.
Comprehensive Health and Safety Support Contracts
NIST offers health and safety support contracts that are totally tailored to our clients’ requirements on either annual or by annual basis.
By entering into our contract, NIST takes the role of your “organisations health & safety advisers” as required by Indian Factories Act. Details of our qualifications and experience can be provided when tendering for contracts.
Direct contract starts from just a few hundred thousand a year. However, most companies need more help than this and many go for our basic annual support contract, which includes:
* A tailored health & safety policy (a legal requirement)
* Documentation of risk assessments for all significant hazards
* Assess to competent Health & Safety Advice
* Documentation of arrangements for the planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of health & safety arrangements (i.e. a health & safety manual)
* A health & safety management system manual including all required forms, templates etc.
* Health & Safety Training plans
NIST helps with all of these issues. We provide a wide range of fully tailored solutions to assist our client’s comply with their legal duties.
“No one size fits all” NIST’s specialty lies here.
There is no ready-made off-the-shelf manual that suits need of every workplace, as each organisation is unique on its own. The terms ‘health and safety plans’, ‘manuals’, 'policies' or ‘systems’ are commonly used to describe the same thing. They are useful tools for recording all the necessary activity such as hazard management, information and training, incident recording and investigation, and emergency preparedness. Here NIST can be great support creating the HSMS system right from creating your policy to the system
* Planning and Implementation
* Monitoring and Review
There by achieving a comprehensive HSMS.
Common law obligates every employer, who employs 50 or more employees are required to have written arrangements of health and safety measures. NIST can be of immense resource to create your Health & Safety manual.
NIST can assist with your health & safety manual. We provide totally tailored health & safety manuals that can include:
Your Health & Safety Policy and associated employee receipt records
Risk assessment documentation – basic risk assessment forms, detailed forms with scoring systems, site specific risk assessment forms etc.
Fire risk assessment documentation and records
Site HSE procedure plan, Training plan & matrix
Hazard Identifications (HAZID’s)
COSHH risk assessment documentation and records
Sub-contractor assessment documentation
Permit to work system, TBT etc.,
Tool, Machinery and work equipment registers, check sheets and maintenance logs e.g. for Vehicles, Lifting and Pick & Carry Equipment’s, DGs, Portable electrical Appliances etc.
Training documentation e.g. employee information sheets, training sign off sheets, training matrices, induction records etc.
Personal protective equipment issue, receipt and maintenance documentation
Fire safety documentation e.g. alarm test logs, emergency lighting test logs, fire drill records etc.
Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s) can cut cost by employing health & safety advisor – that’s where NIST come in. We provide health & safety services and advice as and when needed, giving SME’s a cost effective health & safety solution such as our annual health and safety support contracts.
We can provide expertise to larger organizations by providing an independent audit of their management system, or by mentoring/supporting their internal health & safety specialists.
There are many options that can be added to the contract for clients with more complex needs e.g. risk assessments, regular progress visits/reports, training etc.
HEALTH & SAFETY TRAININGS
“Risk are not sudden they are hidden”
How well are your aware of the hazards in your process and how effective is your hazard control measures!
How likely that your hazards will have hazardous consequences. Here NIST can handle your risk & control by doing an effective risk assessment on your process. Armed with internationally qualified trainers and a treasure trove of resources created from international guidelines NIST can effortlessly handle you Training requirements.
From the wide range of Training programmes, one may pick and choose. Following are the Training programme provided by the NIST.
HEALTH AND SAFETY LEADERSHIP TRAINING:
1. BEHAVIOURAL SAFETY: The main objective of the course is to give delegates an understanding of how behavioral leadership and supervisory techniques can shape the way that individuals and organizations perform. The HSE culture of an organization is very much determined by the leaders and influencers of an organization.
2. RISK ASSESSMENT: Its main objective is to enable learners to understand the basic principles of risk assessment. This qualification will therefore give all employees the ability to contribute to the process and act always to protect their own health and safety and that of others.
3. MANAGING SAFELY: The main objective of the course is to understand the responsibilities and accountabilities for health and safety at workplace. This will qualify the attendees to identify hazards, risk involved in it and the control measures to be followed to ensure safe work environment.