The letter S stands for Safety and risks. How ‘safe’ are your facilities? And how do you manage risks? How do we deal with residual risks? These are some critical questions that are not easy to answer. After all, undesirable calamities and even disasters occur more often than people think and do not only endanger the lives and health of people, but also cause serious economic damage.

How can we help you? We have experienced safety experts at your disposal. Whether it concerns the determination of safety contours, so-called QRA calculations in relation to external safety, or the assessment of explosion safety and the drawing up of the explosion protection document in accordance with the ATEX directives or the organisation of (explosion) safety training, our experts have often already frequently and more than adequately shown their expertise. In addition, we also have several (lead) auditors who have more than 30 years’ experience in various types of industrial companies, including the food sector, chemical multinationals and the pharmaceutical industry. Setting up, implementing and supervising the certification process of safety management systems are included in the core tasks of our consultants.

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Risk management

Companies that fall under the Major Accidents Decree (BRZO), External Safety Establishments Decree (BEVI), Additional risks inventory and evaluation (ARIE) or ATEX directives (Atmospheré explosibles), have the obligation to identify, minimize and control the risks with hazardous substances. Risk management is the determining factor for success in safety.

Safety management systems

A Safety management system is an integral part of the company risk management programme. Examples include the health and safety management systems in accordance with ISO 45001 and NTA 8620. These systems include elements such as safety policy, management commitment, identification and assessment of hazards and risks, organizational and technical measures, audits, continuous improvement, etc. Other aspects are improving the safety culture and developing safety awareness of people through targeted safety training. These activities are necessary for continuous risk management improvement.

Audit in relation to risk management

Auditing is a much used method to measure and demonstrate the effectiveness of the risk management system. In line with the goal for achieving continuous improvement the audit end result is usually an improvement action plan. There are two different types of SHE audit namely the due diligence and the compliance audits.

Due diligence audits are usually only used prior to the sale or takeover of a business and are primarily designed to provide a global evaluation of a company’s safety, health and environmental risks.

Compliance audits are carried out in order to establish and make transparent what the level of legal compliance of the operation is. This is also required when a company is preparing for the different ISO type standard certification. They are also used to monitor the implementation of internal company-specific (Corporate) standards and procedures.