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Creating WHS Management Systems

A Work Health and Safety Management System is the methodological system used in addressing an organization’s work and safety measurements.

Framework of WHS Management Systems

The very framework that organizations use in implementing their work, health and safety measurements is the WHS Management Systems. The framework include the primary components that are specifically designed to achieve conformance in the legislation, which involved the following:

1. All the policies that clearly focuses on the commitment of the management and organization with regards to the implementation of work health and safety.
2. Documented responsibilities, roles and accountabilities.
3. Document control and review.
4. Consultation and communication strategies.
5. Expert supervision that ensures safety of each and every worker.
6. Relevant induction and training programs.
7. Complete registers and records.
8. Documented statements and procedures relevant to work safety.
9. Proper management of purchases.
10. Assessment of the workplace where all hazards are identified, risk levels are defined and methodology for control is inspected.
11. Detailed reports, records, investigations and analysis of hazards, near miss and reported accidents.
12. Appropriate monitoring and evaluation of the work health and safety management system that’s currently implemented by the organization.
13. Detailed description of the work health and safety programs that the organization plans to carry out.
14. Overall review of work health and safety systems by the management; this includes internal and external audits.

By placing these system components, various individual work health and safety issues are addressed by the organization with the aid of the framework. The organization should be aware that objectives and goals are crucial when implementing a WHS management system under an achievable timeframe.

Documentation Involved in the WHS Management System

Remember, all WHS management systems have to be officially documented; the documentation can be done while the system is implemented or well before the beginning of the implementation. Waiting for the system to be fully implemented before documentation begins presents risks and that is is the health and safety of workers or the lack thereof; the lack of supervision and control will result to injury and other unwanted outcomes while documentation takes place.

Complexity and Size of the System

The overall complexity and size of the organization’s WHS management systems highly depends on the complexity and size of the business itself alongside other relevant systems in place. Meanwhile, the WHS management system’s content depends on the nature of the business as well as how it operates with other systems.

Bigger organizations are compelled to follow more specific WHS systems like confined space entry and height safety management among other things; smaller organizations will not need to address the same requirements due to the nature of their business or work. Keep in mind that legal requirements for businesses are generally similar across the board but the WHS management system is required and will only differ in needs and framework.

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