What are the objectives of Active and reactive monitoring in any organization?

Active and reactive monitoring


The differences between active and reactive monitoring

Active monitoring methods (health and safety inspections, sampling
and tours) and their usefulness:
• differences between the methods;
• frequency;
• competence and objectivity of people doing them;
• use of checklists;
• allocation of responsibilities and priorities for action

Reactive monitoring measures and their usefulness:

  • Data on accidents, dangerous occurrences, near misses, ill-health, complaints by
    workforce, and enforcement action and incident investigations
  • Why lessons need to be learnt from beneficial and adverse events
    The difference between leading and lagging indicators.

Events The difference between leading and lagging indicators.

H and S Monitoring

What is active monitoring

What are the objectives of Active monitoring in any organization?

Active monitoring is a system of monitoring to ensure that H&S standards are correct in the workplace before accidents, incidents are caused.

The main objective of Active monitoring to prevent the accidents.

Active monitoring intension is to identify ( Importance of Active Monitoring) :

  • conformance with standards , so that good H&S performance is recognised and (Compliance Follow up )
  • non- conformance with standards can be identified, and corrective action is

Identify the Unsafe Act , Unsafe Condition , potentially hazardous conditions, mistakes, H&S violations , H&S deficiencies, H&S breaches etc.)

Active Monitoring Techniques

Active methods monitor the design, development, installation and operation of management

arrangements. These tend to be preventive in nature.

  • routine inspections of premises, plant and equipment by staff
  • health surveillance to prevent harm to health
  • planned function check regimes for key pieces of plant

Methods of active monitoring ( ways of active monitoring)

  1. Safety sampling
  2. Safety Audit
  3. safety tours
  4. safety inspection ( Workplace Inspection)
  5. safety
  6. Health Surveillance
  7. Benchmarking
  8. Climate Survey
  9. Behavioural Observations
  10. Safety ConversationsActive Monitoring Techniques

Features of Active monitoring

Systematic Inspections, Audit, Surveys, Samplings , tours etc.


Observation Plant Premises
  • Machinery, Equipment
  • Vehicles, Truck ,FLTs
  • Workplace.
  • Environment.( Dust, Noise , Temperature, Space, Lighting etc.)
Interviewing People
  • Working methods.
  • Behaviour.
Examination Procedures
  • Safe systems.
  • Method statements.
  • Permits-to-work.

Practice Question Active and reactive monitoring

Q1- What are the features of Active monitoring?

Q2- How to carry out the safety inspection at the workplace?

Q3- What should be considered when planning a H&S inspection program?

Note: information  on the  specific workplace behaviours or conditions that might be covered in an inspection is not required.

(Hint-   objective   and   type of inspection requirements, Recording methods)

See Also –

What are the advantages of Safety Survey over Safety inspection?

Health Surveillance

Active and reactive monitoring


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