Site Health and Safety Audits
The aim of the Construction Site Health and Safety Audit (CSHSA) is to provide an independent audit of a Contractor’s on-site health and safety procedures / processes, including compliance with legislative requirements, industry best practice and a Contractor’s own OH&S Management System.
This will help Clients to demonstrate that they are complying with their legal duties, will help Contractors to demonstrate that they are auditing their procedures / processes and will help focus attention on the importance of establishing a solid culture of care on construction projects and managing health and safety on construction sites; with everyone looking after each other to create an workplace where people are passionate about safely delivering a first-class product.
It should be emphasised that the CSHSA is not a legal requirement but is an appropriate means for Clients and Contractors to demonstrate compliance with their legal duties.
The actions and content of a typical CSHSA are as follows:
- Visit site and tour whole site with Site Manager reviewing on-site health and safety compliance;
- Review all Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 documentation – primarily the live Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan;
- Review findings with the Site Manager;
- Prepare a full written report detailing all actions to be undertaken in order of priority. The report will identify any breaches of legislation including where industry ‘best practice’ guidance would be of benefit to the Principal Contractor (the report would normally include photographic evidence of non-compliance where appropriate);
- Issue CSHSA Report to Client / Contractor / any other interested parties.
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