Improve workplace safety conditions effectively and efficiently
A Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) audit is one of the main steps in implementing WSH management system and evaluating its performance. It is a key tool that helps to identify the strengths and weaknesses in an organisation’s WSH management system, and to highlight opportunities for improvements.
An integrated audit is an ideal approach, for organisations that require a detailed and objective evaluation of their WSH systems and policies. During the audit, it is important during risk assessment to include factors that contribute to risk levels such as:
There are no straightforward answers to determine risk levels. Risk assessment requires detailed knowledge of the workplace activities, urgency of situations, and lastly, an objective judgment during the review. It is important to know if your risk assessment was complete and accurate. It is also essential to be sure those changes in the workplace have not introduced new hazards or changed hazards of lower priority to a higher priority.
It is good to conduct risk assessment regularly, to ensure that control methods are adequate, achievable, effective, and that findings from risk assessments are communicated to everyone who is involved.
As of 1st January 2021, organisations seeking to apply for bizSAFE Level 3, 4 and STAR certification would be required to conduct Risk Management (RM) audits with a new Risk Management (RM) Audit Report checklist. The checklist has been revised to:
• Improve auditees and auditors experience
• Improve the audit quality
• Include concise questions
• Provide more clarity with rephrasing
• Provide specific guidance, and
• Align to RMCP: Focus on RM 2.0
The revised RM audit checklist can be downloaded from the WSH Council website here.
With effect from 1st April 2021, applicants who are certified to any of the below management systems would need to submit the RM audit report along with the certification(s):
• SS 506 part 1
• SS 506 part 3/SS651
• ISO 45001 (SAC accredited)
• ISO 45001 accreditation body recognised under Mutual Recognition Arrangement
Note: OHSAS 18001 and non-accredited ISO 45001 certification that are approved after 31st March 2021 will not be accepted by the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council.
As an accredited AO, TÜV SÜD PSB also provides mandatory audits for Safety & Health Management System (SHMS) for Bulk storage terminal, Chemical manufacturing plant, Construction worksite, Metalworking industries, Oil refinery, Petrochemical plant & Pharmaceutical plant, Risk Management (bizSAFE), Semiconductor wafer fabrication plant and Shipyard.
In order to minimise injuries, damages or financial loss, organisations have to be proactive in identifying and understanding common risks to workplace safety, who are exposed to them, and other questions such as why, when, as well as frequency, severity and probability of the consequences. With this information, an organization can establish their priorities during risk assessment.
Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) systems and policies are therefore seen as a signal of how much importance an organisation places in promoting a safe and healthy working environment. As changes to industrial environment and government regulations occur quite frequently, organisations need to manage their workplace safety by developing an integrated audit to stay compliant, and improve continuously in the area of workplace safety and health.
An integrated audit also provides more assurance and cost effectiveness, since it is a more detailed and objective evaluation, while reducing risks across safety, environmental, quality issues.
TÜV SÜD PSB, an approved certification body for management systems, MOM & NEA mandatory audits; provides a comprehensive suite of WSH audit services, to suit the needs of different industry sectors, such as Construction, Shipyard, Metal working, Petroleum & Petrochemical, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Semiconductor wafers, Aerospace, Logistics, Automotive, Real Estate, Healthcare, Hotels & Restaurants, Education, Finance.
TÜV SÜD PSB recognises the importance of implementing comprehensive, integrated WSH audits, to address sector specific challenges and priorities, as well as for regulatory compliance. Our integrated WSH audit solutions help organisations to improve workplace conditions effectively and efficiently.
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