FORS COVID-19 Bronze audit rules and requirements

Resumption of FORS Bronze on-site audits from 15 June 2020

FORS Bronze on-site audits, which were suspended on 23 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), resumed on 15 June.

This document sets out the rules and requirements for conducting Bronze on-site audits following the easing of government restrictions on travel and work. It also provides the means by which audits can be carried out in accordance with the current government guidance. The main government guidance documents are:

Local, regional, national and international restrictions apply which may continue to prevent FORS audits being undertaken.

In order to minimise the risks of transmittal of COVID-19 and until further notice FORS is placing obligations on auditors, audit providers and the organisation receiving the audit.

  • First published: 9 June 2020
  • Updated: 12 June 2020
    • Clarification of points 1.1 and 1.2
  • Updated: 7 July 2020
    • More than two persons may attend an audit if necessary
    • Social distancing of two metres or one metre with mitigation
    • Alternative sites may be nominated
    • No audits in localised lock-down areas
  • Updated: 3 August 2020
    • 7 days changed to 10 days in section 1.1 in line with latest government advice
  • Last updated: 11 September 2020
    • Introduction: Inclusion of option and requirements for conducting Bronze on-site audits at residential locations where eligible
    • 1.1: Addition of auditor requirement with regards to COVID-19 symptoms
    • 2.6c: Change to enable an audit to be conducted in a room where the required social distancing measures are maintained (rather than have a separate room)
    • 2.10: Additional auditee requirement to advise audit provider is there is a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case within 14 calendar days of the booked FORS audit at the workplace
    • 3.5: Ability following pre-check call for auditor to cancel the audit if there is a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case at the workplace