Regulation Compliance Audit
What is it?
Health and safety has several statutory requirements that employers and workers must adhere to. A compliance audit simply aims to assess the degree to which your organisation and its workers are meeting the law. Remember, typically Australian Standards are not the law. This audit focuses on national and state legislation relevant to your organisation.
Why do I need this?
There are several reasons why a compliance audit is an advisable and well-regarded activity.
Firstly, its the law. Would you disregard road laws when it doesn't suit you? How about banking laws? Consumer laws? Without following the rule of law, business would not be possible. Safety laws are just as important.
Secondly, to protect your workers. Australia's legal safety standards are very high. Compliant does not always mean safe, but the two are closely linked.
And thirdly, safer businesses are more profitable. Injuries cost time and money: sick leave, workers' compensation payouts and insurance premiums, time wasted re-training and replacing workers, and for serious injuries, time wasted with the regulators or courts. It makes business sense to target investments towards risk reduction.
How does it work?
This activity follows the four simple steps outlined here of measure, report, implement, assess. We essentially take some time to understand your business, before comparing your situation to the requirements as prescribed by the law.
What will I get out of this?
There are several benefits to this exercise, including:
1. Receiving independent analysis of your organisation. This typically uncovers other areas for improvement.
3. Understanding the first steps of a safety action plan, which will assist you to protect your business and its people, and improve your bottom line.
Source: WorkSafe Victoria