An occupational health and safety management systems audit has a wider scope, and although addressing hazards and risk controls, it also looks at organisational structures, planning activities, responsibilities, implemented procedures, review cycles and measurement and evaluation issues.
A basic occupational health and safety management system has some of the following characteristics:
Existence of a health and safety policy that is communicated to staff
Allocation of responsibilities and accountability for health and safety matters
Controls for suppliers, sub-contractors and purchasing
Health and safety consultation
Hazard identification, evaluation and control
Provision of information and training of staff
Incident recording, investigation, analysis and review
Measuring and evaluating workplace health and safety performance.