Many organisations need to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements or specific criteria relevant to their industry, product or client base.
QRMC’s Compliance Auditors are experienced and accredited to conduct audits to a range of regulatory requirements, standards and audit tools.
- Legislative compliance auditing to WHS and Environmental Legislation
- Management System Audits to AS4801 Occupational health and safety management systems, OHSAS 18001 Occupational health and safety management systems, ISO9001 Quality management systems, ISO14001Environmental management systems, ISO31000 Risk management, AS5050 Business continuity, National Self Insurance Audit Tool, etc.
- WHS Management System Compliance Audits for either licence renewal or mid-term assessment of entities self-insured for workers compensation
- WHS Management Systems third party external audits as part of an Enforceable Undertaking
- Electrical Safety Management System Compliance Audits of prescribed entities under the Queensland Electrical Safety Act 2002
- Pre certification gap analysis audits to maximise the potential for successful assessment by third party Conformity Assessment Bodies
- Gap analysis audits of management systems against the relevant regulatory requirements with recommendations for compliance
- Advice and implementation strategies for the improvement of management systems to meet compliance requirements and best practice.
QRMC’s Auditors are certified by RABQSA (now named Exemplar Global). Our audits are targeted for system improvement, recognising the related shortcomings or limitations that may exist within the existing Management Systems.
Our auditing style is facilitatory and conversational, which achieves:
- More open communication and goodwill
- More reliable information
- The ability to follow through with unexpected issues raised during the audit.
Specific areas of expertise in compliance auditing include:
- Self-Insurance audits
- Enforceable Undertaking third party audits
- Electrical Safety audits
In all Australian States and Territories, organisations meeting specific criteria may apply to maintain a self-insurance licence for workers’ compensation as an alternative to the state-based workers’ compensation premiums.
QRMC Risk Management provides a range of professional advice related to the management of self-insurance licences. Services include:
- Advice and implementation strategies for the improvement of work health and safety management systems (WHSMS) to meet compliance requirements and best practice
- Preliminary or gap analysis audits of existing work health and safety management systems (WHSMS) against the relevant regulatory requirements for self-insured entities
- Licence renewal and mid-term audits of self-insured entities in Queensland.
Our self-insurance audits are targeted for system improvement, recognising shortcomings or limitations that may exist within the WHSMS. We don’t restrict the audit process only to the identification of unaddressed hazards; instead we also ascertain the root causes, and recommend system improvements to manage them.
Our audits therefore identify the current compliance status for self-insurance licensing, but also provide practical guidance on achieving strategic and operational improvements.
We also focus on ensuring the ‘organisational fit’ of the WHSMS, identifying areas in which the system can be made more appropriate, flexible, and easier to use and maintain.
QRMC has provided self-insurance services, using the National Self-Insurance OHS Audit Tool and other tools, to public and private sector organisations across Australia. Please refer to our Projects page for details.
Enforceable Undertaking Services
Organisations that have experienced a serious safety incident are increasingly entering into Enforceable Undertaking agreements with state safety regulators as an alternative to prosecution.
The Enforceable Undertaking process can provide long term benefit and safety management improvements to the organisation, as well as providing value to the organisation’s industry.
Commonly, EU terms include the requirement to engage a third party WHS auditor to undertake audits of the organisation’s WHS management system during the term of the EU. QRMC has delivered these third party WHS compliance audits under EU arrangements for a number of organisations. Please refer to our Projects page for details.
In addition to third party WHS audits, other services provided by QRMC to support organisations to meet the terms of accepted Enforceable Undertakings include:
- The development or redevelopment of WHS management systems in line with AS/NZS 4801 and AS/NZS 4804 requirements
- Training and implementation strategies for the application of new or redeveloped WHS management systems across the organisation
- Gap analysis audits to ensure readiness for third party or certification audits
- Assistance with EU terms specific to incident characteristics, such as Plant Risk Assessments, Site Traffic Management assessments and plans
- WHS due diligence training or awareness sessions for managers and supervisors.
Electrical Safety Audits
QRMC Risk Management has been appointed by the Queensland Government’s Electrical Safety Office as an accredited safety management systems auditor for prescribed electrical entities under the Electrical Safety Act 2002.
QRMC’s electrical safety services include:
- Electrical Safety Management System Audits (including ESMS Compliance Audits for prescribed entities under the Electrical Safety Act 2002)
- Electrical safety gap analyses against regulatory requirements and best practice
- Reviews of electrical safety procedures and/or operations and the provision of recommendations for improvement
- High voltage compliance reviews
- Safety audits of electrical installations.
Please refer to our Projects page for details of completed electrical safety audits and other works.