Compliance with health, safety and environmental legislation is increasingly difficult to achieve and maintain. The frequency at which new and revised regulations are taking effect is becoming ever greater and as the demand upon operators grows, it would be too easy to see this as a hindrance to your day-to-day business.
However, we see this as an opportunity for improvement and specialise in supporting our clients to achieve full regulatory compliance by providing comprehensive and accessible advice. By following the philosophy of a goal setting approach and taking the view that there is always potential to improve, we can work with you to demonstrate how you achieve the requirements for your particular site and circumstances by providing a bespoke risk-based approach and suggesting tailor-made solutions for achieving compliance. This allows you to apply the most appropriate and proportionate risk management techniques and provides assurance to the regulator that the unique risk profile of your operation is understood and will continue to be, as low as reasonably practicable.
How can we help you?
We view the gap analysis process as a valuable tool in assessing the compliance of a facility against legal requirements, industry good practice, internationally recognised standards, or internal corporate standards, as it can facilitate continuous improvement by identifying short-fallings and raising potential improvements.
To begin with, the complex requirements of the standard are broken down into manageable points against which we can assess compliance. Depending upon the level of detail required, the gap analysis process can either comprise of a simple tick/cross evaluation for each aspect or use a traffic light system to reflect the degree of compliance. Any gaps in compliance can then be identified and recommendations made on how to achieve full compliance.
We encourage assessment of sustainable compliance, rather than compliance in the moment. We look for systems in place to support ongoing compliance so we can give you a sense of how likely it is you will remain compliant going forward. This helps you in knowing where to invest your energy, as you gain an appreciation of potential exposure and the implications of it.
Once achieved, the most effective mechanism for ensuring on-going compliance are audits. Regular assessment of compliance ensures that any developments in requirements are captured and any significant changes at a site are considered, the key being the mitigation of risk