Safety Management Systems

Creating structured and systematic approaches to the management of safety and risk

Overview

What is a Work Health and Safety Management System?

A Work Health and Safety Management System is a set of documents and tools that formalise Work Health and Safety requirements for a business.  The management system must be fit for purpose (e.g. size and risk profile of the business).

A Work Health & Safety management system is written to incorporate:

  • Legislation –  state Acts and Regulations
  • Codes of Practice
  • Industry best practice
  • Company specific requirements
  • Improvements and Lessons Learnt

Overall a Work Health & Safety Management System provides a plan for the business to identify risks and implement controls and apply responsibilities to WHS actions. A typical safety management framework consists of:

  1. Policy
  2. Procedures
  3. Work Health and Safety Management Plan
  4. Work Instructions
  5. Tools (forms, checklists, registers and tools)

 

The Benefits of Creating Structured and Systematic Approaches to the Management of Risk

Good health and safety risk management will support your business, not stifle it.  We can work with you to help protect your people and reduce work-related claims. We can help you understand your legal obligations as they relate to your industry and business, and develop solutions which are fit for purpose.

Many health & safety consultants issue generic systems and templates, without understanding your actual needs. Our solutions are tailored to your business by an extensive team of multi-skilled practitioners.

Our health & safety consultancy can be linked to your insurance placement. Our consultants work closely with our brokers, so that they, and insurers, better understand your placement requirements or your claim, and can offer effective and competitive responses.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why is a Safety Management Systems (SMS) important to my business?

Managing workplace safety is an important part of any business operation.  The benefits of a good safety culture include a better working environment and reduction in operating costs (e.g. Worker Compensation premiums).  A key component of safety management is the system used to record, manage and assess safety related information from your business. With an effective system, your workers can see exactly where incidents and hazards occur and establish controls to protect or eliminate this risk.  A good safety management system standardises safety operations and encourages accountability.  The Gallagher Workplace Risk Team have used many systems and approaches to manage our client activity over the years.  We have the skills and knowledge to help you streamline your system and ensure that it is relevant to your business size, complexity and obligations.

In summary, Work Health and Safety Management Systems Provide:

  • Best practice to demonstrate a business has a plan to address work health and safety risks in the workplace.
  • An established way to do about finding all the risks associate with the business operations.
  • Determine appropriate ways to control business risk.
  • Establishes a consistent standard for how work is to be completed safely.
  • Describes how the business provides information, training, instruction and supervision to workers.
  • Sets goals, targets and methods to provide feedback on health and safety risk and performance to the business.
What should a Work Health and Safety Management System have in place?
  • The conducting of risk assessments of the work.
  • How to Identified controls for hazards in the workplace.
  • Recording Worker licences and training completed and verified.
  • Documenting the business Plant and equipment when it is inspected and what maintenance has occurred.
  • Supervision and Management, do they know and understand what their role is required to conduct?

There is a potentially significant cost savings to implementing a Work Health & Safety Management System. The long term savings include implementing improvements and reducing hazards of processes and systems, the potential improvement in worker and equipment performance, and the savings of avoiding fines associated with non-compliance.

Our health & safety consultancy can be linked to your insurance placement. Our consultants work closely with our brokers, so that they, and insurers, better understand your placement requirements or your claim, and can offer effective and competitive responses.