Why is audit management important?

Posted by SM Smith Associates on December 20, 2010  |   No Comments »

SM Smith Associates can assist with Health and Safety audits to provide an independent view of your business’s compliance with current Health and Safety legislation. Audit management is often poor amongst small and medium sized businesses, but it is just as important as with large multinational corporations.

If you have spent a lot of time writing up Health and Safety policies, delivering in house training to your employees, and other similar things to ensure that you are doing everything possible to comply with Health and Safety legislation, surely you want to know whether it is effective.

It is important that you have a measure of success. For example, is it useful having a 50 page Health and Safety policy if not a single member of staff has read it? An audit is designed to measure compliance with the law, but also your business’s best practices.

The main legislation that your business will need to follow is the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.  Compliance with these two pieces of legislation is what an inspector would be looking for. To ensure that your business is performing well, contact SM Smith Associates to carry out an audit of the workplace. The audit can focus on many areas including, but not limited to, fire risk safety, construction safety and environmental safety. Following your audit, you should expect to receive a full report offering our business guidance on any areas of non compliance and actions that can be taken to minimise risks.

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If you’re unsure what to expect from SM Smith Associates audit management programme, contact an agent today for a free consultation and a detailed explanation of what is involved.

It is important that you are aware of your Health and Safety responsibilities. One of the first steps to achieving compliance with the law is by conducting an audit to identify any problems. Be prepared as you could receive an unannounced visit from the HSE any day, and with fines reaching up to £20,000 per violation. Can you afford to be non compliant?

Health and Safety risks should be assessed on an annual basis, so it is vital that you follow an audit management plan. With a set schedule, you will be sure not to miss any important hazards or risks. SM Smith Associates want to work with you to achieve full compliance with the law, and provide a safe working environment for you and your employees. Let us undertake a comprehensive audit of your workplace so you can improve before an inspector calls in for an unannounced visit.

If you need to arrange a Health and Safety audit, contact one of our expert consultants for an appointment. If you are concerned about any other area of Health and Safety in your business, and would like advice and guidance on the first steps to a safe workplace get in touch with SM Smith Associates today.


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