Although Workplace Health and Safety Practices are compulsory, legislated requirements these days, the delivery of effective Workplace Health and Safety understanding and implementation is complex and in many ways unique to every business unit.
Safety Matters Australia delivers clear and comprehensive Work Health and Safety services as a key component of our service offering.
All aspects of Work Health and Safety legislation, audit, implementation and on-going management are covered in the provision of our consultancy services.
WHS Management System – What is it?
A Work Health & Safety Management System (WHSMS) is designed to help organisations systematically manage health and safety in the workplace.
A WHSMS consists of a documented set of plans, actions and procedures which target improvements.
A WHSMS can be as simple or as complex as you need. Take control of your WHS with a systematic approach:
- Set a goal
- Have a plan
- Document what you will do / or have done
- Continually check how the system is working.
Planning of WHS Activity
Definition of Responsibilities
Risk Control Responsibility
Risk Control Review
Systematic Risk Control
Public & Supplier Risks
Identified and controlled reactively
Dependent on individuals
Review occurs after an incident
Immediate problem fixed and forgotten
Focus is on own site only
Encourages planning and thinking ahead – helps to commence the ‘due diligence’ process
Defined for everyone
Most are identified and controlled proactively
Described in procedures
Monitoring and review occurs regularly
Controls are used to fix similar problems in other areas / activities
Public and supplier risks managed in planned way
WHS Management Systems Auditing
How is your Work Health and Safety Management System functioning? Do you know? Do you need help auditing how your WHSMS is functioning?
We can assist by auditing your systems against Australian Standard for Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems AS/NZS 4801.
Your Responsibilities as an Employer
If you are an employer or business, you are responsible for the health and safety of your workers, contractors, volunteers, visitors and anyone else who might be put at risk by the work being carried out.
Have you assessed your risks at work: have you Identified your hazards, assessed the risks associated with those hazards, have you put in control measures in place, and reviewed the process to ensure safety of those at work?
By law you must:
- Talk to your workers to identify any potential hazards
- Put systems in place for the safe use and maintenance of plant and machinery, such as machine guards
- Provide suitable information, instruction and supervision, especially to new employees
- Ensure there are adequate workplace facilities including toilets, drinking water, washing and eating facilities and first aid supplies
- Record any workplace incidents in a register of injuries and respond to hazards quickly
- Prepare emergency plans
- Manage the risks of any remote and isolated work
- Have a return to work program to help injured workers with their recovery and return to work.
As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. This is known as Risk Assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out.
- Identify hazards
- Assessing the risks to your people and organisation
- Establish control measures
- Monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the control measures
If you need assistance fulfilling your legal requirement to conduct risk assessments, give us a call now on 1300 731 032.
Home office assessments
Home offices are an extension of the office and all ergonomic and safety aspects need to be assessed to ensure that the risk of injury to the employee is minimised. Employees often set-up their own home office without knowledge of optimum ergonomics, and they sometimes make choices that may lead to injuries.
Home office assessments include the same diligence as a one-to-one ergonomic workstation assessment however they also include an evaluation and risk assessment of the working environment.
- Is the office set up in a dedicated room or is the employee using the kitchen bench or dining room table?
- Is there a smoke alarm, fire extinguisher, first aid kit present?
- Are there any electrical hazards?
- Are there any trip hazards, such as cords under the workstation that may pose a risk?
- Exit routes in case of emergency?
Home working assessments help to provide peace of mind for employers who have employees who working from home, ensuring that the employee’s workplace is safe and comfortable, wherever they may be working.