Every organisation, company, or business must take Workplace Health and Safety Management Systems (WHSMS) seriously. Why? An integrated WHSMS can drastically decrease the chance and consequence of incidents occurring. So, WHSMS are crucial for creating and maintaining a safe workplace environment.
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Now, let’s dig deeper into Workplace Health and Safety Management Systems and see what are they composed of:
Elements of an Effective Safety Management System
- Safety Plan
An action plan strategically designed to fit in the business plan and analyse current and possible risks for a business is called a safety plan. It focuses on the ways such risks can be eliminated or controlled. Also, a safety plan ensures that your staff are protected.
- Policies, Procedures, and Processes
Second, if you want to implement an effective workplace health and safety management system, you must include your safety paper infrastructures into your policies, procedures, and processes. Although it may seem boring, such paperwork is needed to describe safety regulations, behaviour, record-keeping, and incident reporting and notifications.
- Training and Induction
First and foremost, let’s clarify that there are two types of workplaces depending on the nature and level of risk: a low-risk and high-risk workplace. Hence, since it differs from business to business, your visitors must receive training on the general safety regulation of your organisation or company, the rules of the site, and the specific rules of the location.
Every business owner or CEO must add monitoring to their obligations. But, how often should monitoring be performed? Again, it depends on the level of risk. For example, if your business employs a higher risk level, then you should monitor your workplace details more frequently. Otherwise, monitoring is necessary in case of a new risk assessment due to process changes, or as a part of an incident investigation.
Proper supervision is key to ensuring your staff are following all of the safety regulations and obligations included in your Workplace Health and Safety Management System. And, similar to monitoring, the frequency of supervision being performed directly depends on the level of safety control put in place to reduce risk. In other words, the less effective control measure, the higher the supervision level needed.
Having an effective Workplace Health and Safety Management System isn’t enough. You must implement it on a daily basis and ensure everyone complies with procedures and instructions.
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