FIELDWORK SAFETY GUIDELINES - 7. Auditing
7.1 Why Audit?
Auditing is used to test that the risk management systems adopted by a unit with regard to fieldwork safety are effective and that the application of these guidelines is both practical and effective. Auditing is the recommended method for determining that the unit has maximised its capacity to be responsible for safety of staff and students doing fieldwork.
7.2 Who does it?
A self-auditing system will be implemented at the level of the Department or other Unit engaged in fieldwork activities. This allows each Department or Unit to develop its own procedures, appropriate for its work and in accordance with its own size and requirements. The self-auditing system will be monitored by Zone OHS Committees and the Risk Management Office on a random basis.
7.3 How is it done?
Auditing will be on a rotating basis so that every Department and Unit involved in fieldwork is audited at least once every 3 years. Auditing will also be done if any special circumstances or concerns apply or at the request of a Head of Department.
The Risk Management Office will develop a simple self-audit tool to assist Departments and Units with the task of self-auditing. The self-audit tool will require checks for compliance with guidelines and on organization, training, equipment and up-to-date procedures at a local level. This self-audit tool will be refined in consultation with users.
This section of the guidelines will be updated once the self-audit tool has been made available, in order to provide more guidance on how and when to audit fieldwork activities for safety.