SCIE - People Management

Preview of Health and safety audit

All the questions in this audit are shown on this one page. There are 12 questions in total. In the real survey these are spread over 3 pages. You can print this page by selecting file and then print from your toolbar above this page.

Health and Safety at Work etc Act, 1974

1. The basis of health and safety law is the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (1974), which sets out an employer's general responsibilities towards employees and members of the public, as well as an employee's responsibilities for themselves and each other.

* Do all your employees (including volunteers) and service users understand their responsibilities under the Act?

Staffing levels

2. Care standards may require your organisation to ensure minimum staffing levels at all times (except NI).

* Are you aware of minimum staffing levels required by legislation?


3. An employer should provide staff and volunteers with comprehensive education and training in relevant aspects of health and safety legislation and consult them about related issues. This is a requirement both of the National Minimum Standards and of the Induction Framework.

Do you do the following? Tick all that apply.

Risk Assessment

4. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 (NI 2000) require employers to carry out risk assessments and to record significant findings.

* Do you carry out risk assessments where required?

Stress at work

5. It is an employer's legal duty to ensure employees are not made ill by their work. If stressful working conditions are allowed to continue they can lead to ill health. The Health and Safety Executive has now developed guidelines for employers on stress at work.

* Have you conducted a Risk Assessment for stress in your organisation?

Work-related violence

6. Work-related violence is defined as 'any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work'. Employees in jobs that require them to deal with the public can be at risk from violence, and employers must ensure they have taken all reasonable steps to protect employees.

* Does your organisation have policy and procedures on this issue?

7. Do you do the following to monitor work-related violence? Tick all that apply.

Lone Workers

8. 'Lone workers' are defined as 'those who work by themselves without any close or direct supervision'.

* If your organisation employs lone workers (e.g. those working a shift outside of normal hours or in a service user's home), has a specific risk assessment been carried out for each of them?

9. Do you provide the following for lone workers? Tick all that apply.

Shift working

10. The pattern of shifts worked within any organisation is not governed by legislation. However, the Working Time Directive does place restrictions on the number of hours that can be worked and on arrangements for rest breaks. In addition, shift work can disrupt bodily systems, and carries its own risks.

* If your organisation employs shift workers, have you conducted a specific risk assessment for each shift pattern?

Moving and lifting

11. Some care staff may be involved in moving or lifting service users. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (NI 2000)establish a clear hierarchy of measures for dealing with the risks involved.

* If you employ staff who routinely need to lift heavy weights, do you have appropriate preventative measures in place?

Staff returning to work

12. Staff returning to work after a lengthy period of absence, may be at greater risk to their health on their return.

* Does your organisation have appropriate measures in place to ensure returners are adequately protected?