Identifying organisation breaches

Risk managementIt can be a complicated and stressful experience trying to identify breaches against organisation compliance policy.  Ongoing monitoring is the best approach to help identify any possible breaches or risks within your venue.

In cases of problems arising, action should be taken to enable the rectification process to continue through appropriate management. If problems are continually reoccurring or systemic issues cannot be resolved, these matters must be referred to the most appropriate person to take corrective action.

In some cases, regulatory bodies put time restrictions on reporting, and penalties may be applied for failure to submit a report on time. Consider this example.

Example

A safety noncompliance order is issued to an organisation’s quality assurance laboratory by the WorkSafe agency. The report details three areas of noncompliance that relate to inadequate ventilation and unsafe work practices. The quality manager initiates and documents corrective actions and reports these actions to the authority, as required by the order.

Because new procedures are required, quality assurance (QA) staff are unable to carry out their full range of tests until the procedures are written and implemented. In the meantime, the QA manager provides a progress report for the management team meeting, and then a final report on actions taken to remedy the situation, when the procedures are written and implemented. The WorkSafe authority also requires a final report to be submitted, prior to a safety check, to confirm the changes.

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