Clause 9: Performance evaluation
This clause provides guidance on evaluating the performance of the company’s OH&S management system and covers the following:
- Monitoring, measurement, analysis and performance evaluation;
- Internal audit;
- Management review.
Clause 9.1: Monitoring, measurement, analysis and performance evaluation
The organisation should have a systematic approach for measuring and monitoring its OH&S performance on a regular basis.
The organisation needs to monitor and measure the following in order to determine the performance of the OHSMS and evaluate its effectiveness:
- The extent to which legal and other requirements are fulfilled;
- Characteristics of activities and operations related to the identified hazards, risks and opportunities;
- Progress in the achievement of the organisation’s OH&S objectives;
- Effectiveness of operational controls.
The organisation must establish, implement and maintain a process for periodically evaluating its compliance with the legal and other requirements that are applicable to its OH&S risks, as part of its commitment to compliance.
Clause 9.2: Internal audit
The organisation must conduct internal audits at planned intervals to provide information on whether the OH&S management system conforms to the organisation’s own requirements for its OH&S management system, including the OH&S policy and OH&S objectives and the requirements of ISO 45001. In addition, the audit allows the organisation to determine if its OH&S management system is effectively implemented and maintained. The extent of the audit programme should be based on the complexity and level of maturity of the OH&S management system.
The organisation must develop an audit programme, which contains information on:
- The frequency that audits are conducted;
- The methodology/protocol;
- Who is responsible for managing and conducting audits;
- How the audits are planned and implemented;
- The format for reporting audits.
Clause 9.3: Management review
This clause requires reviews of the suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the OHSMS to be undertaken by top management at planned intervals.
The management review should consider the following:
- The status of actions from previous management reviews;
- Changes in internal and external issues that can impact on the OH&S management system such as risks and opportunities, the needs and expectations of relevant interested parties and legal and other requirements;
- The adequacy of resources for maintaining an effective OH&S management system;
- Relevant communications with internal and external interested parties;
- Opportunities for continual improvement.
Submitted by our training partner Antaris Consulting