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Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit

A comprehensive audit to benchmark health and safety management performance against the latest best practice.

Improves safety performance, workforce morale and wellbeing
Potentially reduced rates of accidents, injuries and ill health
Mitigates litigation costs
Enhances reputation
We have the British Safety Council as our external partner for all these years primarily because of the quality of their auditors. They are very knowledgeable guys with a wide range of industrial experience and they came up with very good ideas. 
Andy McLean
Site Health and Safety Co-ordinator, Hargreaves Industrial Services
NEW: 2016 specification now available​

Who is the audit for?
The audit is best suited to organisations that require a detailed and objective evaluation of their occupational health and safety management system(s) and associated arrangements. The audit measures performance against key safety management indicators, identifies areas of positive/negative practice and provides a structured approach for continuous improvement. ​

What does it cover?
​The 2016 audit specification models replaces two safety management indicators with five best practice indicators which are continually assessed throughout the audit process:​
  • Leadership 
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Risk management
  • Organisational health and safety culture
  • Continual improvement.

There is also emphasis on the organisation’s approach to occupational health and wellbeing, safety leadership and participation, behavioural safety and how psychosocial issues are identified and controlled. 

Dave Parr talks about the audit in more detail:

Useful downloads
Five Star Audit factsheet
Five Star Audit specification - for audits from 1 August 2016 
Change summary document - for audits from 1 August 2016 

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Our Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit is utilised by organisations worldwide to benchmark their safety management system(s) against current best practice to enable continual improvement.

Benefits include:
  • Verification and independent recognition of the effectiveness of your health and safety management system(s)
  • A comprehensive audit report outlining the findings of the audit, quantified outcomes, associated areas of improvement with detailed recommendations
  • Potential for improved safety performance, workforce morale and wellbeing
  • Potentially reduced rates of accidents, injuries, ill health, litigation costs and improved productivity
  • The exclusive certificate and logo can be used to demonstrate your success
  • Enhanced reputation and marketing opportunities.

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Designed to provide a comprehensive, independent and quantified evaluation of an organisation’s entire health and safety management system and arrangements. The Five Star Audit identifies areas of strength and weakness, providing an overall score and subsequent grading, together with recommended further improvements wherever necessary.​

Scoring and grading system
The Five Star Audit is an audit conducted using the British Safety Council’s numerical safety grading system.​ The overall audit grading is as follows:

Audit report
Upon completion of the audit process, a detailed report is prepared by the auditor and will be issued within 28 days.
The report content will include:
  • Executive Summary (including graphical performance indicators)
  • Overall star grading and sectional scoring
  • Observations
  • Recommendations for Improvement
  • Action planning tables.​
Organisations that achieve the maximum five star grading are eligible to apply for the Sword of Honour, a prestigious award that recognises the ‘best of the best’ in occupational health and safety management from around the globe.

Useful download:
Five Star Audit specification

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Internationally recognised, our audit and consultancy services are the best way to ensure your safety and environmental management systems are fit for purpose and effectively implemented.

Standardisation and quality assurance
British Safety Council auditors are appropriately qualified, highly experienced health and safety professionals who are subject to a robust internal quality assurance and appraisal process, in addition to the requirements of relevant professional bodies with whom they are members.

All audit reports are technically verified and quality-endorsed before being issued to clients and auditors are also subject to “on-site” monitoring (subject to client agreement) on a sampling basis. Annual standardisation meetings are held, at which auditor attendance is mandatory.

Our expertise
Use our experts to guide you through the latest changes in standards and legislation. Our dedicated, experienced and highly competent team of consultants work around the world and across all sectors. We help identify where and how you can improve your safety and environmental management systems and performance. We assist in validating and improving policies, procedures and protocols for effective management and provide clear recommendations to continually improve your performance.​

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