GUEST BLOG: What is a Work Health & Safety Management System?

GUEST BLOG: What is a Work Health & Safety Management System?

A Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) is a connected set of processes that establishes how you will manage risks to health and safety in all aspects of your business. The requirements for establishing a successful WHSMS are prescribed in Australian Standard 45001:  Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use.

By adopting a WHSMS, you will be able to formally demonstrate your ability to prevent injury and ill health in the course of your business. This will in turn assure your workers and interested external parties that you are committed to sending everyone home safely each and every day. 

Additionally, being able to clearly provide evidence of a functioning WHSMS is integral to applying for many contracts of work. This is because all businesses under the Work Health and Safety laws have a duty of care to ensure that anyone carrying out work on their behalf are able to ensure a safe workplace. 

Implementing a WHSMS includes ensuring you are able to clearly outline:

  • The roles and accountability of management in ensuring a safe workplace and leading a culture that supports safe practices
  • Consultation processes with workers and their representatives on health and safety matters. 
  • The allocation of resources to support health and safety. 
  • The strategies and objectives in place to improve safety practices. 
  • Effective processes for identifying hazards and controlling health and safety risks. 
  • How health and safety performance will be monitored and reviewed for future improvements. 
  • The identification and compliance with legal and other requirements relevant to your business. 

If think of any business as an exposed wire, the role of safe work practices underpinned by documented policies, procedures, strategies and accountabilities is to insulate, shield and jacket that wire from risks. This applies to both to the people undertaking that work and the managers overseeing it. 

If you have any questions about what you require from a WHSMS, please feel free to get in touch. We also offer obligation free assessments to help establish a baseline for your individual circumstances.

Guest Blog by: AHRisk

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