Safety Audit and Inspection Scotland

ISO 19011 - The Audit Standard

Auditing is a requirement in all management systems. It allows you to monitor, measure and improve these systems. In today's corporate environment, organisations tend to combine various management systems and processes, such as Safety, Health, Environmental, Quality (SHEQ) and Information Security. In order to harmonise these systems, there is a need to combine their audit processes too.

At 1st Safety Solutions, our auditors are fully qualified to lead auditor status, and we base our audits on the principles of ISO 19011 as it provides the best methodology for auditing management systems. This Standard has been designed to help organisations optimise and facilitate the integration of their management systems. Take a look at how auditing can help you.  Get in touch for more information.


Benefits of an Audit


  • Verifies conformity to requirements

  • Increases awareness and understanding

  • Provides a measurement of effectiveness of the management system to top management

  • Reduces risk of management system failure

  • Identifies improvement opportunities

  • Continuous improvement if performed regularly

Compliance Audit


Compliance management is a critical component of the internal control process for any business and a prerequisite for assessing compliance with performance standards.1st Safety Solutions can help to measure compliance with internal and external standards, legislation and procedures. The Audit & Compliance Management Workflow enables the scheduling, planning, and conducting of audits or assessments, the subsequent identification of non-conformances and triggering and tracking of recommendations for improvement. We assist and support organisations in developing, monitoring and applying procedures that will allow them manage their compliance with all relevant standards.

ISO 45001 Audit

Over 7 600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases - that’s over 2.78 million every year.

The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums.

To combat the problem, ISO has developed ISO 45001 that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.

ISO 14001 Audit

BS EN ISO 14001 is the world’s most recognised standard used to assess the status of an organisation’s environmental management system against defined requirements. This standard is applied to businesses of all sizes and has been designed to take a proactive approach in managing environmental issues and improving performance.

ISO 9001 Audit

ISO 9001:2015 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement). It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact, there are over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries certified to ISO 9001.

This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.

Port Marine Safety Code

If you own a shipping company or a marine business, your company should comply with the Port Marine Safety Code. Developed in 2000, The UK Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) offers a national standard for port safety in the UK. It aims to 'improve safety of those who work in ports, their ships, passengers and cargoes, and the environment'.


All harbour authorities are expected to comply with the code. As the code is not statutory, failure to comply is not an offence in itself, but the code does set out references to legal duties that do exist and not adhering to it may be indicative of a breach of those duties.

The Code has been developed to improve safety in UK ports and to enable harbour authorities to manage their marine operations to nationally agreed standards. It provides the standard against which the policies, procedures and the performance of harbour authorities can be measured. The code also describes the role of board members, officers and key personnel in relation to safety of navigation and summarises the main statutory duties and powers of harbour authorities.

The authority must comply with these duties and also develop an effective marine safety management system based on formal risk assessment. When fully implemented, the Code should reduce the risk of incidents occurring in harbour waters and provide some protection for the duty holder if an incident does occur.

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