Safety Audit & Site Inspection

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“What you do not measure you cannot improve on”; every system however good on paper needs to be checked if it actually works in practice. How much more important is this need when what is at stake is not only money but human lives?

This training course will cover the essentials of Audits. Delegates will learn that an Audit is about examining the systems within a company and verifying firstly that the systems actually do exist and secondly that these systems are within the legislative requirements. Within this training course, the focus will also be on methods of identifying gaps that should be filled and or improved upon.

In this Safety Audit and Site Inspection training course, participants will learn about document searches, interviews and actual Site Inspections.  Audit and Inspection findings are facts and not opinions and this is emphasised throughout the course.

In this training course, participants will learn to:

  • Conduct effective Company and Contractors Safety Audits
  • Appreciate the importance of pre-audit questionnaires
  • Understand the legal aspects of audits
  • Improve your knowledge on safety issues
  • Improve your skills in undertaking Site Inspections

By the end of this training course, participants will:

  • Understand the legal background
  • Appreciate all Audit activities
  • Gain knowledge about the elements of a Safety Management system
  • Successfully undertake Site Inspections
  • Assess the Safety Culture of the organization
  • Evaluate the Emergency Plans of the Organisation

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • All Supervisors and Line Management who have assigned responsibilities within the organisation’s Safety Management System (SMS)
  • HSE personnel
  • Operations personnel
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Staff involved in Contractor work

Day One: Introduction to Audits, Legislation & Contractors

Competency Description: It is a necessary to understand legal and best practice before undertaking Audits and Inspections

Key behaviours

  • What is the latest best practice for On Shore High Hazard Plants?
  • What are the requirements mobile construction sites?
  • Do Risk Assessments need a new approach?

Topics to be covered

  • Introduction to safety audits and inspections
  • The Legal Aspects
  • Good Practice for the Oil and Gas Industry
    • The New Seveso III Directive,
    • PSM 1910.119
  • Directive 92/57/EEC - temporary or mobile construction sites
  • Contractor Selection & Induction
  • Risk Management & Risk Assessments
  • Evaluating Risk Assessments

Day Two: Elements of a Safety Management System – Audits

Competency Description: The Auditor must be aware of the types of Safety Management Systems

Key behaviours

  • Appreciate the differences of SMS
  • Which Elements of a Safety Management System should be Audited
  • Which KPIs are relevant
  • The activities undertaken by the Auditor

Topics to be covered

  • Types of Safety Management Systems
    • Mechanical Model
    • Socio Technical Model
  • Elements of Safety – Management Systems
  • SMS Policy – Elements of SMS policy statements
  • Proactive and reactive monitoring of performance
  • ANSI/API 754 Process Safety Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries
  • The Auditors’ qualifications
  • Audits
    • Pre Audit Activities
    • On Site Activities
    • Post Audit Activities
    • Classification of Findings

Day Three: Inspections

Competency Description: The physical Inspection of the Plant is part of the Audit.

Key behaviours

  • Energetic, inquisitive and persistency in inspections
  • Knowledge of the legal aspects
  • Communication skills
  • Excellent record keeping

Topics to be covered

  • Observation Techniques
  • Specific audit / inspection systems - physical inspection of the site
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Work at height
    • Scaffolding
    • Ladders
    • PPE
  • Fire Assessment
  • Chemicals
  • Work Permit Systems

Day Four: Safety Culture

Competency Description: This is the Soft area of Safety and is strongly linked to Behavioural Safety. One cannot exist without the other.

Key behaviours

  • Understanding motivation, attitudes and perceptions
  • What is the Id, Ego and Superego?
  • The results of consequences

Topics to be covered

  • Safety Culture and Behavioural Safety
  • Motivation - Taylor, Herzberg, Vroom, Gueller, Maslow
  • ABC Analysis
  • What drives behaviour
  • Natural penalties and consequences
  • Auditing the Safety Culture
  • Improving the Culture

Day Five: Emergencies

Competency Description: However unlikely an emergency is always possible. Every company must have in place a ready response for the most likely emergencies that it may face.

Key behaviours

  • Which Internal emergency Plans should be in place?
  • How are these plans put into effect?
  • Is there a need for an External Emergency Plan?
  • Completing the Audit

Topics to be covered

  • Internal Emergency Plans
  • External Emergency Plans
  • Auditing emergency plans
  • Audit Reports
  • Course Review
  • Evaluation


  • All lectures are in colorful presentation
  • All lectures are interspersed with interactive discussion
  • All lectures include group discussion, case history and exercises
  • Actual major incidents as well as industry experience are reviewed
  • Participants receive a multicolor course manual
  • Pictures of real incidents and case history are shown
  • Videos on the subject are shown

daily 09:00 – 14:00