Quality Safety Audit (QSA) - A Clear Return on Your Investment
The business case for health and safety auditing
Effective health and safety auditing not only provides the legal framework for compliance, it also lays the foundations for continuous safety improvement to enhance competitive advantage.
QSA Further details
RoSPA'S Quality Safety Audit (QSA) system provides all this and more.
- Whether you employ a RoSPA consultant to carry out the audit for you
- Or we provide training for you to achieve competent auditor status in-house.
QSA will help you get a clear return on your investment through a system which:
- Has been tried and tested, over 14 years, in hundreds of organisations
- Offers unrivalled flexibility, tailored to suit the risk profile of your organisation
- Measures performance against the international best practice compliance standards of OHSAS 18001 and ISO 39001
- Provides access to a unique benchmarking database
- Supplies supporting information for business cases for health and safety investment
- Delivers a realistic and pragmatic action plan based on a comprehensive report
- Has its own dedicated awards scheme to encourage continuous improvement
- Gives access to highly experienced auditors for training and mentoring
- Offers access to specialist auditing software, ORBIT – saving valuable management time and resource
- Lays the foundations for continuous health and safety performance improvement.
The Quality Safety Audit (QSA) is a unique system developed by RoSPA to provide a complete health and safety management audit system. QSA is based on the principles of HSG 65 and BS8800 and has been updated to include all parts of the guidance document OHSAS 18001. The system can be implemented into an organisation by one of RoSPA's highly experienced consultants, or we can train your staff to perform their own QSA audits.
The output from a QSA audit encourages benchmarking of your own performance year on year or against RoSPA's extensive and anonymous database of QSA clients. Where compliance to OHSAS 18001 has been demonstrated during a QSA audit, RoSPA can also confirm compliance with this best practice guidance.
The latest version of QSA (version 4) is highly flexible, allowing you to tune the audit to your organisation's risk profile. You may select 10 Risk Control Performance Indicators from a library of 38 options. However, where compliance with OHSAS 18001 is a primary objective, the choice is effectively reduced to 8 because the indicators for "Fire and Other Emergencies" and "Work Equipment" are mandatory.
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Industries pay closer attention to an organisation's safety records than ever before, especially when assigning contracts
The QSA system has been used internationally to strengthen the safety management systems of organisations with a genuine commitment to health and safety. Industries pay closer attention to an organisation's safety records than ever before, especially when assigning contracts. A good health and safety record is seen as a competitive advantage and a reflection of management strength. A QSA Award level 5 certificate can be considered one of the pinnacles of accomplishment within health and safety.
Below are just some of the organisations that are already benefiting from using the RoSPA QSA system:
- Balfour Beatty
- Calor Gas Ltd
- Norfolk and Norwich Health Care NHS Trust
- Scottish Power
- Trinity House Lighthouse Service
- Scottish Executive
- London Borough of Camden
The QSA System
- Offers an independent third-party audit system or an in-built programme of auditor training, so that you can progressively take more control of your health and safety management systems, depending on your needs
- Offers an objective, merit-based quantitive scoring system (with benchmarking capabilities) to measure your health and safety status
- Includes its own dedicated awards scheme to help encourage continuous improvement through achievement and involvement
- Is a paper based system but can be supplemented with computer software
- Offers direct access to the expertise and back-up resources of RoSPA
- Is completely transferable between auditors, over time and between differing organisations, providing you with uniform results even if you are multi-site or multinational.
In the interests of continuous improvement, the QSA system is regularly reviewed and updated. Version 4 was released in the summer of 2003 and is currently in use.
AIG Europe Limited endorsement
AIG Europe Limited recognise good H&S management standards and we reflect this in the premium quoted for those customers who achieve level 4 (or above) of the RoSPA QSA system
Your answer to in-house auditing
Organisations that have their own suitably trained and experienced in-house safety auditors are able to capitalise on RoSPA's safety auditing expertise simply by purchasing their software. Find out more..
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