Health and Safety Management Systems (HSMS) is about implementing and maintaining health and safety systems.
An effective health and safety management system is of great benefit to businesses or persons conducting a business in aiming to achieve their health and safety obligations be it under the national Work Health and Safety or the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety legislation.
A health and safety management comprises five key principles:
- Measurement and Evaluation
- Review and continuous Improvement
These key principles are aligned to Australian Standard 4801, 2001 – Occupational health and safety management systems, 4804, 2001 – Occupational health and safety management systems. General guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques
Overall the intent of International Standard ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use (45001) is not substantially different from the requirements of AS/NZS 4801:2001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Specification with guidance for use (4801).
The new standard provides a framework for organisations to manage its health and safety obligations to workers and others, however with more focus on achieving intended outcomes.
There are fewer requirements for mandated, documented procedures to be maintained in a formal manual.
There is more emphasis on engagement and people’s understanding of processes and systems
A safety management system at its best should contain the following elements. RCW can develop from scratch using our templates or review and update the organizations existing documents.