What is an OHS management system and what should it include?
An OHS management system is a combination of commitments from company management in the form of policies, organisation arrangement, assigning of responsibilities to internal company management and specific details and methods in the form of procedures and administrative documentation on how these commitments will be realised.
A typical contents page from an OHS Safety Management Plan can be seen below:
Project Details and Introduction
- Health & Safety Policy
- Environmental Policy
- Industrial Relations Policy
- Harassment Policy
- Anti-Discrimination Policy
- Rehabilitation Policy
- Alcohol & Drugs Policy
Roles & Responsibilities
- Managing Director
- Works Supervisor
- Risk Rating
- Safe Work Method Statements
- Hazard Reporting
Safe Work Procedures
- Company Induction
- Incident & Accident
- First Aid
- Emergency Procedure
- Hazardous Substances
- Electrical Equipment
- Manual Handling
- Permits to Work
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Environmental Impacts
- Worker Health Issues
- Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
- Young Workers
- Training & Toolbox Talks
- Employee Consultation
- Health and Safety Representatives
- Performance Evaluation
Corrective & Preventive Actions
- Corrective action
- Preventive Action
Forms & Registers
- SWMS01 Template
- FOR-01 Worksite Accident/Incident Report Form
- REG-01 Incident/Accident Register of Injuries
- REG-02 Chemicals Register
- REG-03 Plant Register
- REG-04 Electrical Test & Tag Register
- REG-05 PPE Register
- FOR-02 Toolbox Talk
An effective OHS management System will:
- Identify and minimize hazards associated with your organisation's business.
- Reduce incidents, accidents and injuries in the workplace.
- Reduce risks of legal action for worker's compensation and liability claims.
- Provide due diligence evidence should an incident or accident occur.
- Boost staff morale.
- Allow staff to concentrate on core business activities.
- Improve performance and productivity.
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