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Construction Site Health and Safety Audits (CSHSA)

The CSHSA's aim is to provide an independent audit of a contractor's on-site health and safety procedures/processes.

What is a CSHSA?

The aim of the Construction Site Health and Safety Audit (CSHSA) is to provide an independent audit of a Contractor’s on-site health and safety processes, including compliance with legislative requirements, industry best practice and a Contractor’s own OH&S Management System. 

This will help Clients to demonstrate that they are complying with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 – which is their duty to ‘take reasonable steps to ensure that the arrangements made for managing the project are maintained and reviewed throughout the project’. 

This will also help Contractors to demonstrate that they are auditing their processes. Having an independent audit carried out will demonstrate their proactive approach and prevent their processes from becoming ‘blinkered’. It should be emphasised that the CSHSA is not a legal requirement but is an appropriate means for Clients and Principal Contractors to demonstrate compliance with their legal duties.

Who should commission a CSHSA?

It is your duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that the arrangements are made for: 

  • A Client who needs to demonstrate their compliance with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

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  • A Contractor who needs to demonstrate that they are carrying out audits of their health and safety processes

The CSHSA typically requires around a half-day on-site and half a day off-site producing the report. The report is normally issued within three working days of the date of the site visit.

The actions and content of a typical CSHSA carried out by Wilby are as follows:

  • Visit site and tour whole site with Site Manager reviewing on-site health and safety compliance
  • Review all Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 documentation – primarily the live Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan
  • Review findings with the Site Manager
  • Prepare a full written report detailing all actions to be undertaken in order of priority. The report will identify any breaches of legislation including where industry ‘best practice’ guidance would be of benefit to the Principal Contractor (the report would normally include photographic evidence of non-compliance where appropriate)
  • Issue CSHSA Report to Client / Contractor / any other interested parties

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