Risk assessment audit 2014-15
The objectives of the risk assessment audit was to:
- identify whether a sample of risk assessments produced by managers of higher risk areas meet legal and University requirements and are suitable and sufficient
- identify gaps between risk assessment requirements and practice
- where common weaknesses are identified, make recommendations for how support can be given to improve the standard
The audit report was published in August 2015. The report identified that the content and format of risk assessment documents was found to be poor overall and risk assessment training alone did not improve the standard. Recommendations mainly relate to improving risk assessment training, guidance and departmental review, rather than significant failures.
Following the audit a new Health and Safety Standard on Risk Assessment as published and a programme of training and risk assessment review was undertaken, to ensure risk assessments met the new standard.
Electrical and fire safety audit (March – August 2012)
The objective of this audit was to:
- carry out electrical safety and fire safety audits on a sample cohort to establish whether processes and controls are adequate
- identify where robust practices are in place and where areas for improvement are required
The audit found that the management of fire safety was satisfactory. There is good awareness of fire safety and evidence of good control procedures. However fire risk assessments had not been formally reviewed for some time and web-based fire safety standards required updating. This has now been addressed.
The management of risks from portable electrical appliances was found to be poor, as there was a high level of non-compliance with the PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) Policy and a poor understanding of PAT requirements within departments and sections.
Following the audit a fully revised PAT standard was produced. Monitoring of PAT is also carried out through the University’s inspection process.