Industrial-OHS-Safety-Audit - Scope & Methodology

January 2023 | Resource Conservation & Management (RCM)

FICCI Case Study of an Occupational, Health & Safety Audit : Scope and Methodology

The scope of Industrial Safety Audit is not only limited to Safety & Health of workers employed in the manufacturing processes, operations but also includes the safety of the plant and equipment used in the factory.

The Audit is carried out as per the requirement under IS 14489 and the various Legislative requirements such as the Factories Act, 1948 and the state Factories Rules, Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and Rules made there under and other applicable Statutes.

“Management Systems” audit is done to assess the management’s involvement and commitment towards promoting safety and health systems at work.  Management system audit provides scope of examining and evaluation of safety policies and procedures and their review, hazard communication system, dissemination of information and hazard awareness programme, training and motivation of employees, etc.

Besides management systems audit, technical aspects of plant activities namely, storage and handling of hazardous substances, Emergency Preparedness, process and operational safety review, transportation safety, testing and examination of plant and equipment, housekeeping, waste disposal system, fire prevention and control, etc. would also be audited. 

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