Occupational health and safety management audit instruments: A literature review

The use of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) audits has grown in recent years. Auditing is now seen as an effective method for ensuring compliance and improving the performance of prevention systems.

IWH carried out a narrative literature review in order to determine what is known about the reliability and validity of these audit instruments. Besides reviewing literature in OHS, the team looked at findings from the process safety field.

This report contains the findings of the review, summarized in two sections. The first focuses on instruments designed for the audit of OHS management systems. The second is concerned with audit instruments intended for the safety management systems of high-hazard and high-reliability operations. The report will be of interest to health and safety professionals, workplaces, and OHS consultants.

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Bigelow P, Robson L