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Avoid Over Engineering Your WHSMS. Independent Schools Safety 2013. Philip Wolfenden. What is a Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS)?.

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Avoid Over Engineering Your WHSMS

Independent Schools Safety 2013

Philip Wolfenden

What is a Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS)?

  • It is universally accepted that a WHSMS it is a set of plans, procedures and accompanying forms that systematically manage health and safety in the workplace.

    But what does that mean??

Avoid over engineering your WHSMS

Key objectives of a WHSMS

  • Develop consultation across all levels.

  • Identify workplace hazards, assessment and control of all risks.

  • Active involvement in health and safety matters by the PCBU and workers and their representatives.

  • Provision of information and training for workers at all levels so they can work safely.

  • Audit of the WHSMS, review and continual improvement.

    Sounds simple right?

Avoid over engineering your WHSMS

What goes wrong?

  • Need for compliance vs lack of WHS understanding.

  • Inappropriate financial investment towards WHS.

  • Fear of penalties.

  • Too much too soon.

  • Having a WHSMS that does not suit the organisation.

    What does an over engineered WHSMS look like?

Avoid over engineering your WHSMS

The over engineered WHSMS – What does it look like?

  • The WHS Policy is not embedded.

  • Objectives and Targets are not measurable or achievable.

  • The procedures are generic and no-one knows the expected outcomes.

  • Forms are too detailed and too many.

  • Workers do not embrace safety as ‘business-as-usual’.

  • So how do you develop aneffective WHSMS?

Avoid over engineering your WHSMS

An effective WHSMS – how to get one

  • Understand what the organisation hopes to achieve in relation to WHS.

  • Ensure the WHS policy reflects the intent of the organisation.

  • The procedures and forms should be ‘fit-for-purpose’.

  • WHS related training should be appropriate for the audience, a variety of media and the specific outcomes planned and evaluated.

  • Evaluate, review and improve – continually.

  • Where do you start?

Avoid over engineering your WHSMS

Who can help?

  • If you need assistance in establishing a WHSMS or would like to have your WHSMS reviewed for compliance then align yourself with a reputable service provider.

  • Where you have an in-house dedicated WHS resource, are they current in their qualifications and legislation or could they benefit from up-grading or refresher training?

Avoid over engineering your WHSMS

Further Information

Australia’s leading national provider of WHS consulting, auditing and training services.

A not-for-profit with more than 85 years of safety industry experience.

Represents more than 3,000 WHS professionals around the country.

NSCA is an RTO that offers a wide variety of WHS training including Certificate IV and Diploma in WHS and Bridging courses from OHS to the new WHS qualifications.

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