New safety review product ready for retail and manufacturing sectors
01 December 2011
A new health and safety systems review that checks how well an organisation’s health and safety standards are being implemented at individual sites has been launched by the British Safety Council. The Independent Systems Review is initially available for both the retail sector and manufacturing industries but will later be expanded to cover construction and healthcare-based organisations.
The review examines the effectiveness of a company’s health and safety arrangements at either a single site or multiple sites, reviewing what is happening on the ground against the company’s own health and safety standards, policies and procedures.
The retail review takes a minimum of just half a day to complete and manufacturing, a minimum of one day. It can be applied to either a single site or multiple locations, allowing employers to benchmark the effectiveness of their safety systems across various sites if they wish. It includes an easy-to-follow report giving an overall score, recommendations for improvement, and an action planning table to assist the site in meeting the company’s own health and safety standards.
Commenting on the new product, David Parr, the British Safety Council’s head of product development and delivery, said: “The review is a quick and easy way for organisations to independently check that individual sites – such as depots, stores and offices – are meeting the health and safety standards set down by central management. It can be applied either to a single site or multiple locations, allowing benchmarking across a group if required, and is a good way of demonstrating and confirming responsible health and safety management.
“It is also a good starting point for those organisations who wish to progress to the British Safety Council’s five star health and safety management system audit, which is a much more detailed examination and assessment of an organisation’s health and safety management system, benchmarking it against current industry wide best practice.”
The review is carried out by experienced British Safety Council health and safety auditors and involves checking key areas of the site’s health and safety management arrangements, including emergency incident control and the implementation of relevant policies and procedures. The auditor also conducts brief interviews with key personnel during the half-day visit to check compliance with the organisation’s health and safety requirements.
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