Review health and safety procedures at workplaces other than your own

Business Sectors (Suites): Health and Safety
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 01 Jan 2019


This standard covers the skills and knowledge required to review health and safety conditions in workplaces other than your own.

It covers:

  1. preparing to carry out reviews of health and safety procedures of a specified workplace to meet established procedures (laid down by the organisation for which the person conducting the review works); 
  2. carrying out reviews to check if relevant health, safety and welfare requirements are being implemented; and
  3. reporting and recording findings of such reviews in accordance with agreed procedures.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. obtain authorisation for reviews to take place from those responsible for the workplace
  2. agree benchmarking arrangements with relevant personnel following standard operating procedures
  3. plan reviews of health and safety procedures following standard operating procedures
  4. obtain information regarding unfamiliar working activities following standard operating procedures
  5. select methods for reviews that are suitable for the workplace to be reviewed
  6. prioritise activities in schedules of work to meet the required timescales
  7. obtain necessary resources in time for reviews to take place following standard operating procedures
  8. brief other people involved in reviews so they understand the purpose and process to be undertaken
  9. agree documents and information to be used before conducting reviews
  10. wear appropriate clothing, footwear and protective equipment for workplaces you are reviewing
  11. check reviews covers all relevant working practices in the workplace following standard operating procedures
  12. identify health and safety hazards, which could result in serious harm to people at work
  13. list in priority order any non-compliances with health and safety regulations and instructions in consultation with the responsible person
  14. make recommendations to control the hazards and agree action plans for improving health and safety
  15. record outcomes of reviews of health and safety following standard operating procedures
  16. agree follow-up plans for monitoring implementation of recommendations and corrective actions with responsible people
  17. record any differences between content of previous records and current situations following standard operating procedures

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. employers' and employees' main legal responsibilities for health and safety at work
  2. your responsibilities for health and safety as defined by any specific legislation covering your role
  3. structure of the organisation and people responsible for health and safety at work under review
  4. procedures for carrying out reviews of health and safety in workplaces
  5. how to select and use personal protective equipment and health and safety control equipment
  6. industry/occupational areas you are carrying out reviews
  7. particular health and safety risks which may be present in people's job roles
  8. importance of knowing hazards and risks which may arise in the work place under review
  9. work areas and roles you are planning to review
  10. notice given before reviews takes place
  11. resources required to carry out reviews
  12. quality assurance checks
  13. effective communication and presentational techniques
  14. effective interviewing techniques
  15. recording and reporting procedures
  16. how to develop post-review follow-up plans and monitoring measures


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

01 Jan 2023





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Relevant Occupations

Health and Safety Managers, Health and Safety Officers, Occupational Health Workers, Occupational Hygienists and Safety Officers (health and safety)

SOC Code



Occupational health and safety; review; procedures