WHS and Quality Management and Auditing Services

Strategic Advice and Governance

Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental affairs have to be at the heart of every business policy to ensure a healthful workplace, protect the environment, conserve energy and natural resources and provide valuable services.

Management • Commercial • Engineering (MCE) is committed to protecting the health, safety and environment of all workers including employees, contractors, service providers and visitors in the workplace, whether it is in our premises or at our client’s.

MCE offers a wide range of services that ensure our clients meet their business needs, maintain a good reputation and achieve safety excellence, legal, HSE guidance and industry standards compliance. We help our clients understand how to address their risk and safety compliance concerns and how to integrate safety systems with the business wider management practices.

WHS and Quality Management and Governance Services

Our systems can be used to help our clients implement their own, by using them as a guidance or by tailoring them to suit our client’s business needs, whether it is at an organisational, program or project-specific level.

Our services capability includes:

  • WHS and Quality policies and procedure examination
  • WHS and Quality Management Systems development and implementation
  • WHS and Quality policies, procedures and pans writing and development
  • Emergency services
  • Develop training materials to implement the Management Systems
  • Risk Management (Risk Assessments, Risk Registers, Risk workshops, Transport Enterprise Risk Management process, etc.)
  • Health and Safety in Design processes management
  • WHS and Quality reporting systems development
  • Safety Induction
  • Incident investigation
  • WHS and Quality reporting system process development
  • Information storing and record keeping systems development
  • Environmental Services
  • Training Courses (Legislation, WHS management, incident investigation, auditing, etc.)
  • Changes implementation assistance and management
  • Advisory services.

WHS Auditing Services

Safety Audits are a pro-active approach to safety. These form an integral part of the safe system approach. It is a collection of independent information on the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of the total health & safety management system and drawing up plans for corrective action. Safety audits must be carried out by competent and qualified people.

MCE counts with experienced professionals, qualified in health, safety, risk management, engineering and educational disciplines and have been working in safety for many years. Our auditors are all certified auditors with extensive experience in that expands across different sectors (Road, Rail, Aviation, Schools, Water, Health, etc.) and at business and at project level.

Our services capability includes:

  • Setting up a safety audit system.
  • Auditing of clients’ and contractors’ management systems.
  • Business and project-specific Auditing Services, including:
    • Scheduling: induction and service brief, establishment of audit dates, roles and responsibilities (audit team, sponsor and process owner).
    • Planning: detailed programming of the audit’s scope, objectives and agenda.
    • Managing: physical auditing activities. Provision of preliminary (informal) findings in preparation and readiness for required actions.
    • Reporting: written evidence of the audit observations and a list of nonconformities.
    • Verification: production of a prioritised action plan to guide any required improvements. Corrective action responses, corrective action plans and audit process closure.
  • Expert Witness Service.

The following table provides a generic overview of the WHS areas where our team of professionals can help implementing or auditing to ensure our clients’ projects are properly managed and delivered.

Legal framework and policies


  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • Responsibilities, offenses and penalties
  • Safety policies
  • Consultation with employees
  • Health and safety legislation
  • Construction and Design Management Regulations
  • Statutory forms notices and registers
  • Construction skills – competence matrixes
  • Induction training
  • Lone working
  • Behaviour based safety
  • Drugs and alcohol misuse
  • Knowledge of Safety Signs


The worksite

Safety Assurance

  • Setting up a site and facilities provision
  • Management of health and security on site
  • First Aid at Work
  • PPE and CPE requirements
  • COSHH – Control of Substances Hazardous to health: Dangerous substances; Liquified petroleum gases; Petrol, diesel and LPG; Asbestos; Lead
  • Fire prevention and control in the office and onsite
  • Dust hazards and the control fumes
  • Control of Noise
  • Control of vibration
  • Waste management
  • Environment management
  • Risk assessments and Method statements
  • Safety Inspections and auditing
  • Accident prevention and control
  • Accident reporting and investigation
Working with or around machinery and equipment
  • Manual handling
  • Abrasive wheels
  • Cartridge operated tools
  • Lifting operations equipment and accessories
  • Mobile elevated platforms
  • Hoists and hoist towers
  • Plant and work equipment
  • Woodworking machines

Activities requiring specific safety considerations

Working at Heights

  • Trackside and road safety
  • Working with or near to buried services
  • Electrical safety onsite
  • Working in and around excavations
  • Working in confined spaces
  • Safety in demolition
  • Ladders, steps and lightweight staggings
  • Working over or near water
  • Systems scaffolds and mobile towers
  • Tube and fitting scaffolds
  • Safe working on roofs and at heights
  • Safety in steelwork

Our experience

MCE have been engaged as an independent party to conduct audits to examine business and project-specific processes and evaluate the process’s compliance with internal and external requirements. We have made recommendations to our clients, helping to implement continuous improvements, learn about potential problems before they become burning issues, identify failure points within a process so relevant stakeholders can implement corrective actions in a timely manner and determine the effectiveness of controls within a process. Some of our latest contributions are:

  • Schools Infrastructure NSW:
    • Defining Safety auditing and safety Governance:MCE undertook a review of Department of Education and SINSW’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) systems, processes and documentation and led a series of brainstorming workshops, then undertook a gap analysis against legislative requirements. MCE defined a strategic plan and developed a new management system for SINSW and defined new reporting requirements and system. MCE developed and launched SINSW Health Safety and Quality Management System.
    • Auditing: MCE developed a roadmap for procurement reform and a Project Assessment Framework (PAF) for Audit, Quality Assurance and Risk evaluation and management for SINSW to deliver investment strategies for a once-in-a-generation school buildings, major upgrades and maintenance program that will ensure every school-aged child has access to high quality education facilities at their local public school.  
  • Sydney City and South East Light Rail:
    • Safety Culture:MCE maintained a proactive approach to safety attending at the contractor’s safety meetings and constantly assessing the changing site conditions to ensure that safety and environmental risks were managed to eliminate occurrences and their consequences. Audited that the works were completed as per the approved Safe Work Method Statements, personnel had suitable Health and Safety training and accreditations and undertook site safety walks providing regular safety reporting.
  • Newcastle Light Rail:
    • Safety Governance:MCE established the projects Safety and Quality Compliance Systems and Assurance and Engineering Compliance for the concept design and engaged a specialist to assist drafting the management plans.
    • Safety Management: MCE instigated and managed the auditing regime including coordinating and supporting external HSE audits to ensure his team conformed and taking recommendation to enable continual improvement.
  • Northern Beaches Busway Program:
    • Safety in Design:MCE was responsible for the management of design deliverables following the Safety in Design process, including completion of the Health and Safety in Design (HSiD) workshop and following reporting. MCE also manage the completion and review of the equipment Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) and the Site Acceptance Test (SAT) documents and once finalized, attended the FAT and the SAT representing the project and ensuring the correct performance of the tested systems. MCE arranged and managed various Road Safety Audits (RSA) at different stages of the project and led them through their full process up to closure of all findings and completion of the allocated corrective actions. MCE also undertook a Transport Enterprise Risk Management (TERM) assessment in coordination with the project internal stakeholders to ascertain the implications of implementing new designs allowing the project to make well founded decisions acknowledging associated risks.