Pro-active monitoring is carried out by a programme of audits and inspections.
Audits are planned in advance with the frequency of audits dependant on level of risk. High risk activities are audited more frequently than low risk activities. Audits may be specific, such as for a legislation or standard clause audit, site / location based or across sites, or be general in their approach.
The audits undertaken are to check compliance with legislation, applicable standards and CITB’s own internal policies and procedures. Any non-conformity is raised as an action with the appropriate manager, together with a timescale for implementation.
CITB is also audited by external assessors from BSI against the OHSAS18001 health and safety standard and the ISO14001 environmental standard.
Inspections are routinely carried out. These may be pre-planned or unannounced and provide assurance that standards are being maintained at all times. Inspections can be by work place, machinery, PPE, working behaviours. If an inspection identifies a concern or issue, a non-conformity will be raised for the relevant manager.
Director of Products and Services, CITB