Health and safety auditing is applicable to all businesses, in all sectors.
The objectives of this type of audit are to inform a company:
- How well it is performing in the area of health and safety
- Whether managers and other personnel are meeting the standards set by the company
- Whether the company is complying with the H&S laws that affect its business
Health and safety systems can be subject to examination by external stakeholders, including independent audit organisations, customers or enforcing authorities.
However, auditing is also undertaken internally (first-party audits), often forming part of a 'self-declaration of conformity'.