Spanish legal health & safety audit is set out in chapter V, Art. 29 of the Health & Safety Royal Decree. Those companies that take on preventive actions should submit their system to an external audit. The legal audit has the following objectives:
Check how it has performed the initial and periodic risks assessment, analyze their results and verify, in case of doubt.
Check that the type and planning of preventive activities complies with the provisions of the general regulations as well as regulations on specific risks that may be applicable, taking into account the results of the risk assessment.
Analyze the adequacy of the procedures and the means required to carry out preventive activities mentioned in the preceding paragraph and the resources available to the employer, own or outsourced, taking into account also the way they are organized or coordinated.
Assess the integration of health & safety in the company, in all its activities and in all hierarchical levels, through the implementation and application of the Program, and assess the effectiveness of the management system to prevent, identify, assess, correct and control occupational hazards at all stages of business activity.
The Spanish Regulation provides the possibility of submitting the system to voluntary audits to improve its efficiency. The completion of these audits will result in the inclusion of the audited company in the incentive programs to improve prevention of occupational hazards. Taking account that the statutory audit every four or two years is insufficient to achieve an adequate periodic monitoring of the effectiveness of the system, the company can hire conducting annual audits or biennial in order to control their occupational risks periodically.
The methodology used is the same, changing only the geographical scope that can be more or less adapted to the terms to be agreed by the parties. At the end of this audit an audit report and a certificate will be granted.