Safety Management Systems
WHS Safety Management Systems
A Holistic Approach
The new ISO 45001 standard builds on some of the criteria held within previous standards, such as OHSAS 18001 and AS 4801, but with an important new emphasis: there is a shift from policy implementation to policy adoption. The reason for this is simple. To truly effect change within an organisation, it is vital that employees and leaders have safety principles ingrained in their day-to-day actions. Whether those are simple steps such as putting lids on hot drinks or prohibiting mobile phone use on stairs for office-based staff, or following critical procedures for operating heavy machinery.
Simply publishing and communicating a policy isn’t enough – employees need to feel it.
Establishing and developing a strong safety culture has been proven to hold the key to improving employee safety, hence the recognition of culture within ISO 45001. Greencap is uniquely positioned to assist with all stages of development, implementation, monitoring and improvement of your management system.
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The rationale of this clause is that the system focuses on the processes and requirements needed to achieve the WHS policy objectives. This can be achieved by understanding the organisation and the 'context' in which it operates.
Critical to the success of the WHS Management system is leadership and commitment from 'Top Management'. The expectation on leaders within an organisation is to become champions of the system and provide the necessary resources to protect workers from harm.
Friday 17 September 2021 Planning is one of the key components of any management system. ISO 45001 is based on the 'Plan-Do-Check-Act' cycle, where planning is used to set the actions in motion for how the system will work.
This section looks at the requirements which underpin the WHS management system to ensure it runs effectively.
Once processes within the organisation have been identified and planned, the method in which the business will operate, the company needs to plan and control each process within the WHS management system.
Performance evaluation is a constructive process that aims to improve an organisation’s operation and is
These processes should help achieve and support organisational strategy and goals.
From the results discussed in Management Review (Element 9) including the analysis and evaluation of
Several different methods of capturing improvement opportunities may be designed in the system based
Getting the most from your Management System
To truly effect change within an organisation, it is vital that employees and leaders have safety principles ingrained in their day-to-day actions.
- Obtain management commitment
To have an effective management system the organisation must have commitment from “Top management” to implement and continually improve.
- Develop the management system as a tool
Develop the management system as a tool to protect workers and interested parties, business interests and not just to satisfy the standard.
- Use context
Use ‘context’ to understand how the organisation can internally and externally impact on WHS including workers.
- Design on your terms
Remember that the new standard offers flexibility for organisations to design their systems for optimal performance, leading to better outcomes.
- Inform interested parties of their objectives
Inform interested parties of their objectives when implementing the standard to gain ‘buy-in’ and generate a positive safety culture.
- Ensure relevance of processes
When designing processes, ensure they are relevant to the environment they are intended to be used. Do not over complicate the system.
- Embed into business
Build the requirements of standard into existing business processes and control – WHS is not an ‘add-on’. This enables organisations to identify and realise efficiencies and facilitate integration.
- Consider integrations
Consider integrating the standard into existing management systems such as ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental). This will help embed WHS into the thinking of both top management and workers leading to a safer workplace.
- Remember the benefits
Implementation of this standard is not a burden on your oranisation. Risk based thinking with the participation of workers should improve safety culture and productivity.
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How Greencap can assist
Whether you are just starting the process to align your safety management system with ISO 45001, or likewise have an AS 4801 accreditation or existing system in place and want to move to the next level, Greencap’s team of industry experts can tailor a practical WHSMS solution for your specific requirements.
Greencap's approach is centred around building a successfully engaged workforce using leadership principals and formulating the requirements of ISO 45001 to provide a management system based on real world safety issues, that delivers practical solutions for the specific needs of the organisation.
Integrating holistic safety programs into the framework of ISO 45001, Greencap also work directly with an organisation’s leaders to strategically align the organisation with their safety values and create a solid safety culture.
With specialists in Safety Leadership development, Management coaching and systems development, Greencap can ensure the system is owned and lived by our clients, this is largely because they have defined the way they want to work.
Greencap also has extensive experience in performing WHS inspections and auditing of major construction, high risk, and civil infrastructure projects, and working with clients across the construction and infrastructure sector to pragmatically manage safety.
Greencap's diverse range of WHS, Project Management Plan (PMP), Principal Contractor and system auditing experience across a wide range of Government, industry portfolios, and private sector, means we can offer our clients unparalleled knowledge and capability for a multitude of activities.
Key services include:
- WHS risk governance, policy and procedure review and development
- ICAM and incident investigation activities
WHSE Management Systems
- WHSE Management System development, review, gap analyses, and implementation
- Compliance-based WHS audits and assessments (e.g., high risk construction work, hazardous chemicals storage and handling, traffic management, confined spaces, electrical safety, working at height)
- End-to-end contractor management framework review, development and implementation
- Principal Contractor PMP review and on-site audit activities
- On-site Contractor Verification (OCV) audit and corrective action programs
- Cm3 - Online Contractor Management System
Safety Culture and Leadership
- Training, toolbox talks, webinars, seminars or presentations for specific WHS issues
- Safety Culture and Leadership planning, development, workshops and implementation support
- COVID assurance auditing and inspections against client-based, legislative or other best-practice criteria
- Infection control in design
- Operational infection control plan (or COVIDSafe Plan) development and implementation support
- Cleaning and disinfection assurance programs for assets, sites, contractors, and facilities
- Development and implementation support for on-site and interim fire safety strategies and measures for active work areas and sites; and
- Critical incident management strategy development and guidance.
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