The Hub Power Station is now holding qualified Internal Safety Auditors

Mar 31 - Apr 06, 2003



The health and safety management system at the Hub Power Station is based on the good practices document HSG 65 "Successful Health and Safety Management". It was produced by the UK Health and Safety Executive as a "practical guide for directors, managers, health and safety professionals and employees representatives who want to improve health and safety in their organizations."

HSG 65 identifies five key elements of successful health and safety management:

* Policy
* Organising
* Planning and Implementation
* Measuring Performance
* Reviewing Performance and Auditing

Auditing is one of the important parts that examines the effectiveness of health and safety management control systems and pinpoints areas of weakness. The HSG definition is:

"An audit is the collection of independent information on the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of the total health and safety management system and drawing up plans for corrective actions."

Audits generate both qualitative and quantitative data on health and safety performance. Most commercially available audit systems are available as checklists, asking scored questions that can be used by a nominated auditor, or on a self-evaluation basis by, for example, a unit manager. Most organizations prefer to use audits providing a numerical measure to quantify data, so that performance trends can be readily identified and compared from year to year. The Quality Safety Audit (QSA) programme reflects this idea and provides a sound auditing methodology that ensures consistency in scoring and reliability of the audit results from year to year.

The audit must identify the way forward, i.e. recommend a strategy for progressive improvement. Many propriety audits offer an examination of the current safety system and an analysis of weak areas. QSA, however, offers a framework for continuous improvement, and enables action plans to be easily formulated to cover the period up to the next audit.



Audits must be carried out by competent and independent persons. If they are part of the organisation, it is important that they do not audit areas for which they are directly responsible, as auditors should be free from bias and influences that could affect objectivity. Equally, all people involved with an audit must respect and support the role, independence and integrity of the QSA auditor. There may be a team of people involved in the audit, but the lead (QSA) auditor is ultimately responsible for all phases of the operation. This auditor should therefore be given authority to make decisions regarding the programme and the conduct of the audit.

The main duty of an internal QSA auditor is to look at his organisation's safety management systems and assess them in line with QSA criteria. He can also assess whether systems developed from previous audits have been put into practice and if so, determine their effectiveness. The QSA auditor has a key role as a Systems Analyst in identifying weak areas of safety management systems and potential areas of lack of management control and recommending corrective actions.

The role of the internal auditor and that of an external auditor (i.e. Safety Consultant) differs in certain aspects and demands different skills. The internal auditor, for example, may often be viewed as the "management instrument" in developing performance standards and control measures. His approach can also assist in putting new performance standards and working procedure into place. Obviously an internal auditor will have more knowledge than an external consultant about how the organisation operates. Therefore, he is generally given some freedom to help with suggestions about what sort of corrective action is necessary and where necessary, to guide and implement the corrective action.

Since 1996, Hubco's Safety Management System has been audited four times (Externally: 3 and Internally: 1). The last external audit carried out by RoSPA auditor Mr. John Doidge resulted in QSA level 4. For the purpose of periodically checking on the safety management system for the assurance of the maintenance of our current QSA level, 12 staff members were trained as INTERNAL QSA AUDITORS, carried out by a RoSPA trainer in May 2001.

An internal QSA audit was planned during June to September 2001. The full audit team was split into small two member teams who successfully completed various parts of the audit and combined results were fed back to RoSPA with all supporting documentation and evidences for moderation. The moderation result that was obtained in August 2002 confirmed the Internal Auditors' competency in RoSPA QSA techniques. Mr. Tabani was awarded the certification of a LEAD AUDITOR while all remaining members were awarded with Team Auditors Certificate. An action plan based on Moderation result was drawn up. The management has decided to hold another internal audit in March-May 2003 as RoSPA regretted not being able to visit Pakistan due to security reasons issued by the British High Commission.

It is worthwhile to mention that four Auditors, led by Mr. Tabani, were invited by the management of Kot Addu Power during the week of January 13-17, 2003 to carry out a baseline safety audit of their Safety Management System. The purpose was to assess the current picture of their Safety Management System, identify strengths and areas of improvement and recommend corrective actions.



Building on the success of the previous years, the Hub Power Station received the RoSPA COMMENDATION IN THE ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY SECTOR Award 2002 for Occupational Safety.

The Hub Power Plant's commitment to safety procedures and site safety has already earned it with Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) GOLD Awards consecutively for the last four years. This year, however, the station has been awarded one of the Society's prestigious Sector Awards introduced to recognise the most outstanding performance in Health and Safety by a company or organization within a particular industry or sector.

Safety Manager, Haroon Tabani, who was responsible for putting together the station's entry said, "We are highly delighted and are proud to win this award. We have been continuously improving our safety management system since our commissioning of the first unit in July 1996. The last external audit carried out by RoSPA in February 2000 followed by an internal audit 2001 resulted in the achievement and maintenance of QSA level 4. The Auditors endorsed our commitment for the highest standard of safety at the station. At the time of application for this year's award, we were very confident that we value more than a GOLD Award that's why we decided to compete for a much heavier and the most prestigious sector award in the Electricity Industry".

Entrants for the Sector Awards must demonstrate four years' consistently excellent or continuously improving health and safety performance with a high standard of safety policy and commitment.

Out of 30 competitors The Hub Power Plant succeeded in receiving COMMENDATION IN THE ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY SECTOR Award 2002. This is a great achievement for the Hub Power Station as they were competing with UK big giants like Power Gen and British Energy.

Receiving the award from RoSPA clearly proves their excellence in managing health and safety at the Station.

Tabani further said, "our good safety record is due to the efforts of all employees, the management commitment as demonstrated in our station policy, the health and safety Forum Risk Assessment Group Communication with contractors and our yearly safety training programme. The Sector Awards are important because they allow for the special health and safety challenges within particular occupations and industries. We are operating in Pakistan where legislation is far behind that in the UK where both employer and employees are bound to comply with safety requirement. We are facing more challenges due to the lack of appropriate legislation. However, the company and management commitment towards safety has made every one responsible to fairly run the station with utmost care for themselves and others. Our safety management system is of high standard that can be comparable to any of the UK site".