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Many thanks to Andy Nairn for this revision contribution to HSfB for the NEBOSH Diploma Unit A.

Definitions

  • HAZARD – Something with the potential to cause harm
    • Hazards are often classified as Physical, Chemical or Biological, however there may be more useful classifications which can be applied in varying situations.
  • RISK – Likelihood that a hazard will cause harm and the severity of harm expected
  • DANGER – A unquantified risk
  • SUITABLE AND SUFFICIENT – In relation to the management of health and safety at work regulations 1999 Regulation 3, organisations are expected to carry out a “suitable and sufficient risk assessment”. This term is best defined by the Approved Code of Practice for these regulations, and basically means that all of the significant hazards should be identified, the likelihood of harm being realised is determined and the likely severity of harm that would result identified.
  • The Approved Code of Practice also identifies that where risks are higher, or where processes are complex the depth of the risk assessment should reflect this in its level of detail.
  • For some perceived high risk industries there is a need to use Quantified Risk Assessment to provide sufficient detail of the risks (nuclear industry, other industries where a small error can have catatrophic results, e.g. chemical works, refineries, etc) – Quantified Risk Assessment is studied in detail in element A3.

 

My current job as a Health, Safety and Radiation Advisor has given me some amazing and interesting opportunities to learn and share best practice, both internally in our heavy engineering manufacturing facilities and by visiting hundreds of our suppliers. I want to share my experiences because I think it would be wrong not to.

I've found that regardless of the industry, the basics of any positive health and safety culture are the same. I've also discovered over the past 11 1/2 years that many businesses aspiring to achieve 45001 accreditation (previously 18001) often think they are a long way off, but in reality they are closer than they think.

My articles will give you practical and meaningful advice with real world examples to help provide assurance that your health and safety management system is effective in reality and doesn't just look good on paper. They will also help identify areas of improvement. By the way, is it 'continuous' or 'continual' improvement? There's been many a debate on that one for sure!

So, whenever I conduct an internal audit or external supplier audit, I go right back to basics. Hazard control and risk assessment…

 

New Downloads Uploaded to HSfB

 We've added some new health and safety downloads which have been donated by bedds, Steve M, Stuart Would and Francis Omoike.  Thank you all very much!

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Audit text and magnifying glass

This article quite simply aims to share some of my own auditing experiences as an health and safety professional who is fortunate enough to visit and audit some amazing and interesting organisations. I've found that regardless of the industry, the basics of any positive health and safety culture are the same. I've also discovered over the past ten years that many businesses aspiring to achieve 18001 accreditation often think they are a long way off, but in reality they are closer than they think.

I'm confident that reading my articles will give you practical and meaningful advice with real world examples to help provide assurance that an health and safety management system is effective in reality and doesn't just look good on paper. They will also give a good indication of whether or not a management system could meet the requirements of 18001 if that's what your aims are, a gap analysis if you like.

So, whenever I conduct an audit, whether it be an internal 18001 audit or a supplier audit, I look for commitment from leadership...

 

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