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Active Monitoring

Active monitoring must be a thorough process which examines compliance with agreed control measures and identifies weaknesses or omissions in the departmental safety arrangements especially for those conditions or practices which are hazardous.

There are a number of different approaches to active monitoring including:

TYPE OF MONITORING
DESCRIPTION
GOOD PRACTICE GUIDANCE
SAFETY TOUR
Ad hoc visits to selected parts or the entire department. Especially effective if carried out by senior departmental managers as this demonstrates their commitment to safety.
The visit can provide staff and students with the opportunity to raise safety issues with senior staff. It's vital that concerns are documented and the actions taken communicated to the individuals or groups who raised the issue(s).
WORKPLACE HAZARD SPOTTING
An informal method of identifying potential problems the results however will just be a 'snapshot' of current practices.
This method can be used to identify hazards not previously considered or to identify recently introduced hazards and to identify trends if records are kept. For example observing the same hazard at different locations in the department or in the same location at different times.
INSPECTION CHECKLIST
Used to examine specific work areas or activities.
The checklist questions should be based on agreed departmental or UCL standards. This is a consistent means of gathering information which can be used to review compliance across the department.
REVIEWING DOCUMENTATION
Examination of risk assessments or codes of practice and comparing the requirements set with observed practices.
This is a method of identifying whether risk control measures are being used in accordance with approved documentation.
INTERVIEWING STAFF / STUDENTS
Ask staff and/or students to explain the controls in place for their work and how they have been trained to implement these controls
This method can be used in conjunction with other methods as the responses can be used to verify a number of aspects of the safety management system e.g. training records, risk assessments etc
TOPIC BASED REVIEWS
Examination of the overall management of risk associated with a specific hazard e.g. liquid nitrogen, display screen equipment or lasers
Using a checklist based on statutory , UCL or good practice requirements for a specific hazard

Reactive Monitoring

See also: Accidents and Incidents

The reason for investigating accidents and incidents is not to find someone to blame but to identify the immediate and underlying cause in order to prevent it happening again.

The purpose of the investigation is to gather and record the facts by:

  • observation at the scene and taking photographs if necessary;
  • interviewing those involved;
  • examining documentation e.g. risk assessments, codes of practice or training records.

The results of the investigation should be used to determine the immediate and underlying causes of the accident and incident and to make recommendations for improvement to departmental management.

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