OH&S Health & Safety Management Systems

HSMS is a Health & Safety management system that is fully supported by management at all levels within an organisation and includes a coordinated and systematic risk management approach to workplace occupational health and safety.

The Australian/New Zealand Standard, AS/NZS 4804.2001: Occupational health and safety management systems - General guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques, provides guidance on the development and implementation of an occupational health and safety management system, principles and integration with other management systems.

AS/NZS 4801.2001: Occupational health and safety management systems – Specifications with guidance for use, helps to meet the auditable criteria for an occupational health and safety management system.

The Safety Management model includes:

The implementation of the Safety Management model helps to meet a number of business imperatives. Its primary purpose is to minimise the risk of injuries and accompanying costs. Other outcomes include compliance with legal requirements, meeting industrial relations expectations, accounting for ethical concerns and overall improved financial performance. It also allows companies to meet the challenge from major clients who not only require quality service, but evidence of company safety in the form of a Safety Management Plan that conforms to relevant Australian Standards.

Effective implementation of an HSMS will see continual improvement by a system of planning, implementing, evaluating and reviewing. It will demonstrate a company’s ability to reduce risks associated with its activities in a systematic manner.

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