- September 26, 2023
- Posted by: Sage Shield Safety Consultants
- Category: Safety Highlights
An In-Depth Look at bizSAFE 3 & Star Audit Criteria ===
In today’s highly competitive business landscape, it is crucial for companies to prioritize workplace safety and health. This not only protects employees but also contributes to the overall success and reputation of the organization. To help businesses in Singapore achieve this, the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) has developed the bizSAFE program, which includes several levels of certification. One of these levels is bizSAFE 3, which requires companies to undergo a Star Audit. In this article, we will delve into the details of bizSAFE 3 criteria and analyze the requirements of the Star Audit.
=== Understanding bizSAFE 3 Criteria ===
bizSAFE 3 is the third level in the bizSAFE program and is designed for companies that have successfully implemented a comprehensive risk management plan. To achieve this certification, companies must comply with several criteria. Firstly, the company must appoint a Risk Management Champion (RMC) who will be responsible for overseeing the risk management process. The RMC must attend the WSHC-approved Risk Management Course to gain the necessary knowledge and skills. Additionally, the company must conduct a risk assessment and develop a Risk Management Plan (RMP) that includes control measures to mitigate identified risks. Finally, the company must submit the RMP to a bizSAFE-approved external auditor who will assess its effectiveness.
bizSAFE 3 also requires companies to establish a Risk Management Team (RMT) comprising members from different departments within the organization. The RMT should meet regularly to review and update the RMP, as well as to discuss any new risks that may arise. In addition, companies must implement a Risk Management Monitoring System (RMMS) to ensure the effectiveness of the control measures. This system should include regular inspections, audits, and incident reporting to identify any gaps or areas for improvement. By adhering to these criteria, companies can create a safer work environment while maintaining compliance with the bizSAFE program.
=== Analyzing the Star Audit Requirements ===
Once a company has achieved bizSAFE 3 certification, it is required to undergo a Star Audit to assess its level of safety and health management. The Star Audit focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of the company’s Risk Management System (RMS). During the audit, the external auditor will review various aspects such as the implementation of control measures, the documentation of risk assessment processes, and the training provided to employees on safety protocols. The auditor will also examine the company’s incident reporting and investigation procedures to ensure that proper protocols are in place.
Additionally, the Star Audit assesses the company’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities. This includes evaluating the adequacy of emergency plans and procedures, as well as the availability and functionality of emergency response equipment. The audit may involve on-site inspections to verify that safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers and first-aid kits, are in place and regularly maintained. It will also examine the company’s communication channels and protocols for disseminating safety-related information to employees.
Achieving bizSAFE 3 certification and successfully completing the Star Audit demonstrates a company’s commitment to ensuring a safe and healthy workplace. By complying with the criteria outlined by the WSHC, companies can proactively manage risks, protect their employees, and enhance their organizational reputation. The bizSAFE program provides a comprehensive framework and roadmap for businesses to follow, enabling them to establish effective risk management systems and continuously improve their safety protocols. By investing in workplace safety, companies not only fulfill their legal obligations but also foster a culture of safety that benefits everyone involved.