A safety management system is a tool that assists both employees and employer's to systematically achieve and maintain the required standards in their industry for managing and maintaining health and safety and reducing and risks or hazards that may arise. An SMS is scalable so it can be tailored to the size and complexity of your organisation.
An SMS allows the employees to demonstrate the effective management of health and safety on site to:
To maximise its effectiveness, the SMS needs to be:
The risks managed at all sites are dynamic and vary greatly. The Safety Management System is used to ensure these risks are considered and strategies are documented so adequate controls are implemented for the life of the site/job.
While all sites have safety and risk-related policies, plans and procedures in place, the SMS ties all these elements in a single integreated system.
The elements of an SMS should be reviewed regularly and, if necessary, revised. A review should be done:
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Management system audits have a wider scope, and although addressing hazards and risk controls, it also looks at workplace structures, planning activities, responsibilities, implemented procedures, review cycles and measurement and evaluation issues. The management system as such, is as planned, documented and verifiable method of managing WH&S hazards. What makes it a system is the deliberate linking and flow of processes that creates an intentional way of managing WH&S matters.
A basic workplace health and safety management system is audited annually to ensure
Many workplaces undertake these audits on an annual basis
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