Auditing the safety, health, and management systems (SHMS) is integral to a good health and safety program. These are systematic assessments of how organizations gauge their SHMSs to ascertain if they are implemented, maintained and delivering what they should.
Some advantages of conducting regular SHMS audits are as follows;
An SHMS audit assesses whether or not an organization’s health and safety policies, processes and practices comply with applicable laws, corporate standards and requirements of management systems. All non-compliances or performance shortcomings identified during the audit can be addressed through corrective actions that enhance the system. Independent audits on compliance periodically will assure those managing the organization or regulators that their SHMSs are functioning correctly.
Auditors check more than regulatory compliance; they also check the effectiveness and adequacy of risk management of the SHMS in place. To achieve superior levels of SHMS performance over time while fostering a culture of excellence, organizations should respond accordingly to recommendations given by auditors. As each audit cycle corrects program defects and enhances program maturity, continuous improvement exists.
Reports from shms audits give management objective data about where things stand today across all sites where work is done within their organizations, which is very important. Managers, in these organizations, are able to make better decisions about risk-taking through knowledge about culture regarding safety, strength and weakness of programs. Audit results assist in directing resources towards the riskiest or liability susceptible locations.
Local staff may need to notice some common hazards, emerging risks, ineffective best practices, and other SHMS gaps that experienced auditors would recognize. Through evaluating the environment and process from an alternative viewpoint, you create new thinking that will allow you to detect unsafe weaknesses or vulnerabilities which can be contained before major accidents are witnessed. Organizations also improve their ability to identify risks through auditing. The results equally serve as an indication of any forthcoming SHMS failure, hence requiring appropriate countermeasures.
Assessment of risks for the purpose of identifying defects in the programs that need correction so as to avoid accidents, reduce losses and enhance general safety. By conducting regular audits and ensuring thorough reviews of the outcomes, long-term program maturity, strong risk controls, assured regulatory confidence, appropriate management oversight and continuity improvement are achieved, thereby fostering sustainable safety culture.
Organization’s financial and reputational interests will only be guaranteed by the inclusion of SHMS audits as part of any robust health and safety program. The witness that safety, compliance, and socially responsible act systems continue to run around the clock.