STEP 1 – PREPARE FOR AUDIT
WATCH – the FORS Auditor video
The following video provides an initial insight into a FORS audit and the set processes to be followed.
READ – the FORS Standard
The FORS Standard sets out the requirements you need to meet in order to successfully pass your Bronze audit.
ATTEND – ‘Going for Bronze’ workshop
If you are preparing for your Bronze audit, the ‘Going for Bronze’ workshop is a great place to start.
If you are an accredited operator preparing for your re-approval audit you may also find it useful to attend the workshop to refresh your knowledge of the FORS Standard.
READ – the top five most common reasons for audit failures
To fully prepare for your audit, take a look through the most common reasons why operators do not pass their audits.
|Requirement||Reason for failure||Top Tip|
|D4 Professional Development||Failure to provide the required mandatory training courses and produce a professional development plan for all staff.||
|D7 Driver Fitness and Health||Failure to complete the mandatory six monthly eyesight checks and/or failing to have a system in place where employees have the ability to report illness/ailments or medication that may affect their ability to drive (including physical and mental impairment and the use of prescribed and non-prescribed medication).||
|D2 Driving Standards||Failure to have a written driving standards policy. Alternatively, one is in place but does not cover the company’s business in an appropriate manner. In addition, operators are failing to provide drivers with access to a most recent copy of the Highway Code.||
|O4 Engine Idling||The company does not have a written anti-idling policy in place and in operation.||
|V1 Inspection and Maintenance Plan||Inspection and maintenance plans are not being managed in a way that allows operators to ensure that vehicles, trailers, equipment and related machinery have planned and proactive maintenance systems in place so they operate safely, legally and efficiently.||
PREPARE – evidence
On the day of the audit, the auditor is required to see evidence of the systems and policies you have in place to manage each of the requirements set out in the FORS Standard. You will also be asked to demonstrate how you ensure your employees are aware of and adhere to the processes you have in place. Some examples of the type of records you will be asked to share are driver’s eyesight checks, fitment of vehicle safety equipment, evidence of driver licence checks, risk assessments and vehicle maintenance plans.
To help you prepare for your audit, we’ve put together some examples of the documents that the auditor is required to see (list not exhaustive):