Audits of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMs)
Occupational health and safety audits are systematic, independent and documented processes to assess the compliance of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMs) with current regulations, specifically with Resolution 312/2019 of the Ministry of Labor, which establishes the new standards for OHSMs, and Decree 1072/2015, primarily Chapter Six (6o), Title Four (4o), Part 2, Book 2.
In second-party audits performedaby our firm we take into account Colombian Technical Guideline GTC 45 - Guideline for the Identification of Hazards and Risk Assessment in Occupational Health and Safety (2012) and ISO 45001: 2018 - Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems - Requirements with Guidance for Use. (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use)The latter enables us to gather quantitative and qualitative evidence, which is therafter assessed together with our clients, in order to classify and manage non-conformances and undertake the required measures to solve them. Our inspection audits utilize a comprehensive checklist that will cover the most important areas for different work environments.
Likewise, we conduct annual audits to comply with Resolution 312/2019 of the Ministry of Labor, particularly for companies with over fifty (50) workers classified as risk I, II, III, IV or V and those with fifty (50) or less workers classified as risk IV or V. To this end, we work together with our clients’ Joint Committees for Occupational Health and Safety, prepare the required reports and implement the necessary improvements to resolve non-conformances. Our aim is not only that our clients comply with the minimum standards for OHSMs, but also that they be granted accreditation in occupational health and safety by the Ministry of Labor. This official certification is awarded to organizations that make value-added contributions and undertake measures, which have a positive impact on the health and well-being of their workers and contractors. The above accreditation is used as a guideline in order to scale down the amounts payable to the National System for Occupational Hazards by exceptional organizations from an OH&S standpoint and is also used by public and private companies as a benchmark in contracting and bidding processes.