For RDHS Ltd at this time of year, we begin to focus on the annual Health and Safety Auditing process for our clients, spending time visiting their premises and talking to their workforce. This is a crucial element for managing Health and Safety within a business and allows us to really interrogate and validate the systems and controls that have been put in place. By using a straightforward and easy to understand scoring criteria we can provide our clients with a benchmarked assessment of the good practice in place and actions required to improve the safety both within individual sites and across the whole business.
Our Audit days are generally split into different sections which will focus on statutory compliance, training and competence, risk assessments and procedures along with a tour of the premises and conversations with staff that we meet. While it can be a challenging period for us, travelling throughout the country to undertake these, it is so important for us to see how the Health and Safety Management Systems that we have implemented for a client are interpreted and acted upon by those who it affects the most. In many cases, during our Audit visits we spend the time to help educate and problem solve with Managers and workforce. This is, I feel, one of the most beneficial and impactful parts of the process, as there are a number of times where sites have been given the instructions to follow without some of the necessary context and wider knowledge to allow them to implement these effectively.
There is of course so much more to how an organisation should manage and deliver health and safety however the Audit process does give a very clear health check and indication of priorities for the forthcoming year and we provide that focus through summary reports and presentations back to the client.