Third Party Safety Audit as per IS 14489 

 

Standards – IS:14489-1998 Code of Practices for Occupational Safety and Health Audit

OBJECTIVES

The Fire and Safety audit was conducted with the following objectives:

  1. To know status of safety of the plants.
  2. To carry out a systematic critical appraisal of all potential hazards involving personnel, plant, services and operation methods.
  3. To ensure that Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) system available with the factory meets with the legal requirements and those of company’s written safety policies, objectives and programmes.
  4. To recommend improvement in system on different aspects of OSH, wherever needed.

METHODOLOGY

  • A questionnaire seeking information on different elements of Occupational Safety & Health systems was sent to the management with a request to provide information and submit the filled-in questionnaire before undertaking the plant visits.
  • On first day of the plant visit the auditors held discussions with the senior management personnel including the officers of the production manager and senior personnel HR to explain the methods and procedures to be used for carrying out the fire safety audit by senior and experienced audit team members.
  • The auditors examined the information submitted in the questionnaire with reference to the documents; records; written down standard procedures; forms used for accident reporting, investigation and analysis and other related materials. A list of documents, records examined during the audit is appended as Annexure-B.
  • The auditor inspected different plants to observe critically the safety systems available and being followed by the plant personnel during their day to day work.
  • About 20% of management cadre personnel and about 10% operators were interviewed to assess the awareness amongst them on various aspects of Occupational Safety & Health system.
  • On the last day of the field visit a meeting was convened, in which the auditors made a presentation on important observations, findings and recommendations.
  • A report is prepared, wherein observations, findings and recommendations are recorded.

Reference Standards 

The audit was conducted with the reference to following standards/statues:                                                                  

  • Indian Standard – Codes of Practices for Occupational Safety & Health Audit – IS 14489:1998
  • The Factories Act, 1948 and the Gujarat Factories Rules, 1963
  • The Explosive Act, 1984 and the Explosive Rules, 1983
  • The Petroleum Act, 1934 and the Petroleum Rules, 1976
  • The Static and Mobile Pressure Vessels Rules, 1981
  • The Gas Cylinder Rules, 1981
  • The Boilers Act, 1923 and the Boiler Rules, 1966 & IBR, 1950
  • The Electricity Act, 1910 and Rules, 1956
  • The Environmental Protection Act, 1986 and Rules made there under
  • The Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and Central Rule, 1989
  • The Public Liability Insurance Act, 1981 and Rules, 1991
  • The Bombay Prohibition Act, 1950 and Rules made there under
  • The Codes of Practices published by National and International Organizations
  • Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949