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Use these four easy steps to create a Health and Safety Management System that will help you maintain compliance

by , 24 October 2014
To avoid trouble with the DoL, you need to comply with the OHS Act. To do this, you need to manage health and safety in your company.

This will ensure all your safety measures are compliant and your company follows the rules.

The best way to do this is to implement a Health and Safety Management System.

Here's how to create one in just four steps...

 

Create a Health and Safety Management System in just four steps

 
Step 1: Plan your Health and Safety Management System
Planning your Health and Safety Management System can be broken down into five tasks:
 
1. Appoint a committee;
2. Consider what laws apply to your organisation;
3. Plan how you'll conduct your hazard identification and risk assessment (HIRA);
4. Develop a plan to investigate incidents; and
5. Keep a record of your health and safety efforts.
 
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Step 2: Implement your health and safety system 
You'll need the support of all your employees to ensure you implement your system successfully. Here are nine tasks you need to perform to implement your Health and Safety Management System.
 
1. Document your Health and Safety Management System.
2. Conduct your risk assessments in line with your procedures and methodology.
3. Communicate your Safety Policy Statement to your employees. Get their input and feedback.
4. If you don't have Health and Safety Representatives already in place, elect and appoint your Health and Safety Representatives.
5. If you don't have one already, form a health and safety committee.
6. Conduct a training needs analysis.
7. Implement risk controls.
8. Report ALL incidents.
9. Hold regular Health and Safety Committee meetings.
 
Step 3: Ensure you're complying with the law
Implement a series of checks to make sure what you planned and implemented is compliant and you achieve the levels of risk reduction and control measures you need. Make sure you know which laws apply to your company.
 
Step 4: Take action if problems arise
If you identify deviations from the internal or external compliance audits, take the appropriate steps to fix the problem.
 
Follow these steps to create a foolproof Health and Safety Management System for complete OHS Act compliance. 
 
Check out the Health and Safety Advisor for more on creating a Health and Safety Management System.
 


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