Safety Management Systems

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There are numerous advantages for organisations to implement a Safety Management System (HSMS). Legal obligations, ethical concerns, industrial relations and improving financial performance are the primary drivers for introducing and maintaining a robust and efficient HSMS.

In the first instance, the reduction of workplace illness and injury, and minimising the costs associated with workplace accidents should be the primary motive for the implementation of an effective HSMS. Organisations can demonstrate, internally and externally, that they are systematically controlling the risks to all persons affected by its activities, products and/or services.

For an organisation to comply with the relevant legislation, standards and codes of practice, it needs to implement an effective HSMS. The system needs to be relevant and appropriate, reflecting the potential HSMS issues within the organisation. Therefore, the system needs to have a number of components.


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An Occupational Health & Safety policy

This is the cornerstone of an effective HSMS and demonstrates management’s commitment and objectives including compliance with relevant legislation, establishment of objectives and targets and the elimination or minimisation of work-related illness and injury. This policy should be reviewed regularly (preferably annually) to ensure that it remains relevant to your organisation’s objectives.

Planning

We will work collaboratively with you to set objectives and targets. Planning also involves the establishment of optimum performance indicators. The planning process needs to address the regular and systematic identification of hazards and then develop the controls necessary to eliminate or minimise the risks. Allocation of responsibilities and resources needed must be considered at this stage. Planning procedures will need to include factoring in the future operations of the organisation.

Implementation

For the organisation to achieve its HSMS objectives and formulate policies it is critical that financial, human and material resources are allocated. We will guide you in defining and designating responsibilities with an efficient reporting relationship between management, workers, contractors, subcontractors and site visitors. Consultation and involvement of both management and workers will identify common goals. In consultation with workers we will identify training needs and help put procedures in place to ensure employee education is delivered and documented.

Measurement and evaluation

Our evaluation and assessment documentation will guide you in measuring your organisation’s performance in accordance with your HSMS plan and objectives. All details – both positive and negative – need to be recorded and made available for all stakeholders to see. We can carry out an external audit on a regular basis or you can do it internally for management to review. Accident investigations provide ad hoc opportunities to analyse and redefine the effectiveness of an organisation’s HSMS. These investigations are about identifying deficiencies in the system rather than apportioning blame.

Management review and improvement

Management review is pivotal for an effective and sustainable HSMS. This is an opportunity for senior management to re-assess the suitability of the existing system and to make necessary adjustments and improvements. This process can be done by management or in collaboration with workers and other stakeholders. Changes in legislation, different technologies, consequences of HSMS incidents and feedback from workers and stakeholders will influence the need for and outcomes of a review process. We can help you meet these requirements with an HSMS tailored to your organisation’s individual needs.