Safety & Health Management System

Requirements for a safety and health management system

Certain workplaces are required to implement a safety and health management system (SHMS), including risk assessments and risk management.

What is a safety and health management system?

A safety and health management system (SHMS) is a systematic process for managing workplace safety and health. The system features:

  • Setting goals.
  • Planning.
  • Measuring performance.
  • Managing commitments and direction.

Effective Safety and Health Management Systems (SHMS) have proven to be a key factor in reducing workplace injuries and illnesses. SHMS must be well developed and customised to meet the needs of your organisation.

WSH EXPERTS is a leading expert in developing and customising SHMS to meet the needs of our clients. We help our clients to successfully develop and implement SHSM which conforms to internationally recognised standards. Our consultants go beyond basic compliance and apply our understanding of the relationship between workplace exposure and disease.

Workplaces must also audit or review their SHMS regularly to ensure continual improvements.

Workplaces requiring audits

You must get an approved workplace safety and health auditor to conduct regular audits if your workplace is one of the following:

Type of workplace How often to audit
Any worksite with a contract sum of $30 million or more At least once every 6 months
Any shipyard employing 200 or more people At least once every 12 months
Any factory engaged in manufacturing fabricated metal products, machinery or equipment, and which employs 100 or more people At least once every 12 months
Any factory that processes or manufactures petroleum, petroleum products, petrochemicals or petrochemical products At least once every 24 months
Any premises that stores toxic or flammable liquids at a storage capacity of 5,000 or more cubic meters At least once every 24 months
Any factory manufacturing fluorine, chlorine, hydrogen fluoride, carbon monoxide and synthetic polymers At least once every 24 months
Any factory manufacturing pharmaceutical products or their intermediates At least once every 24 months
Any factory manufacturing semiconductor wafers At least once every 24 months

Workplaces requiring internal review

Your workplace needs to conduct regular internal reviews of its SHMS if it is one of the following:

Type of factory How often to review
Any worksite with a contract sum of less than $30 million At least once every 6 months
Any shipyard employing fewer than 200 persons At least once every 12 months

 

bizSAFE

bizSAFE is a 5-step programme administered by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Workplace Safety & Health Council (WSHC). It provides a 5-step approach to help SMEs progress, from top management demonstrating their commitment towards WSH, to acquiring Risk Management (RM) and Workplace Safety & Health Management System (WSHMS) capabilities.

In the process, participating SMEs gain recognition and benefits of having a comprehensive WSH system in place. WSH EXPERTS is an approved bizSAFE Service provider in providing bizSAFE Consultancy and audit.

In this programme, there are five different levels to achieve. To start, your enterprise’s top management must show commitment to WSH. The efforts must be sustained until a good WSH management system achieved..

The key principles of the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act are to reduce risks at source, increase industry stakeholders’ ownership and focus on achieving good WSH outcomes and systems rather than complying with prescriptive requirements.

bizSAFE is a five-step programme to assist SMEs build up their WSH capabilities in order to achieve quantum improvements in safety and health standards at the workplace.

SMEs are guided through a journey, starting from top management demonstrating their commitment towards WSH, to acquiring risk management capabilities and implementing a WSH Management System.

In the process, participating SMEs gain recognition and benefits of having a comprehensive WSH system in place.

bizSAFE Level 1

Demonstrate top management commitment by attending a bizSAFE Workshop for CEOs / Top Management (half day).

bizSAFE Level 2

Acquire Risk Management capability by nominating a Risk Management (RM) Champion to attend and complete a bizSAFE course on Risk Management (2 full days).

bizSAFE Level 3

Implement Risk Management and have it assessed by an approved independent MOM WSH Auditor. Subject to the auditor’s report that the enterprise has met the requirements of the WSH (RM) Regulations, the enterprise may then be recognized as bizSAFE Level 3.

bizSAFE Level 4

Acquire capability in managing WSH systematically by selecting a Workplace Safety and Health Management System (WSHMS) Programme Lead to attend the bizSAFE course on WSHMS (4 full days).

bizSAFE Level 5

Deliver excellence in WSH Management System through achieving SS 506 / OHSAS 18001:2007 certification.

Benefits  ofbizSAFE

Companies in the bizSAFE community are listed on the WSH Council’s website and can proudly display the bizSAFE logo on their business collateral, including corporate stationery and marketing materials, as a reflection of their commitment to safety.

bizSAFE allows SMEs to be able to meet contractual requirements by bizSAFE partners, which include major shipyards, large construction companies and developers, as well as town councils and government agencies. These partners require their SME contractors to meet at least bizSAFE Level 3 before being considered for contracts.

Companies in the bizSAFE community can proudly display the bizSAFE logo on their business collaterals (such as letterheads. name cards, etc.) as a reflection of their commitment to safety. In addition, bizSAFE enterprises enjoy other business privileges and advantages offered by bizSAFE partners who participate in this programme.

In addition, a company enjoys other business privileges and advantages offered by bizSAFE partners that include various government agencies, financial institutions, insurers, big corporations and suppliers.

HOW WSH EXPERTS CAN HELP YOU?

WSH EXPERTS can provide consultancy and assist training to your organization in achieving Risk Management (bizSAFE Level 3) or WSH Management System (bizSAFE Level STAR)

Occupational Health & Safety Assessment System (OHSAS 18001)

What is OHSAS 18001 ?

OHSAS 18001 is an Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series certification for health and safety management systems, which enables an organization to control occupational health and safety risks and to improve performance. OHSAS uses the prevention concept instead of cure. This is integrated in the work protection law, which states that work safety and health protection should be treated in one complete system.

The OHSAS 18001 standard  is internationally accepted as a method of assessing and auditing occupational health and safety management systems. Developed by leading trade and international standards bodies, it provides a framework for organisations to instigate proper and effective management of health & safety in the workplace.

By having a clearly defined management system in place to identify and control health and safety risks, organisations are able to minimise risks to their workforce and visitors or external contractors on their premises. The standard will enable organisations to put in place processes for continually reviewing and improving occupational health and safety.

Key areas that will be assessed by OHSAS certification:

Hazard identification, risk assessment and determining controls

Legal and other requirements

Objectives and OHS program(s)

Resources, roles, responsibility, accountability and authority

Competence, training and awareness

Communication, participation and consultation

Operational control

Emergency preparedness and response

Performance measuring, monitoring and improvement

Benefits of OHSAS-18001:2015

Improves productivity through reduction of workplace accidents

Prevents downtime or costs related to accidents

Potential reduction in the number of accidents

Demonstration of legal and regulatory compliance

Demonstration to stakeholders of your commitment to health and safety

Helps to eliminate or minimize risks for stakeholders through identification of hazards and control measures to manage them

Credibility and image improved amongst stakeholders, customers and the public

Legislative compliance and awareness – With OHSAS / SS, system ensures you are compliant with latest laws and legislations

Demonstration of an innovative and forward thinking approach

Increased access to new customers and business partners

Better management of health and safety risks, now and in the future

Potential reduced public liability insurance costs

Improves productivity through reduction of workplace accidents

Prevents downtime or costs related to accidents

Helps to eliminate or minimize risks for stakeholders through identification of hazards and control measures to manage them

Credibility and image improved amongst stakeholders, customers and the public

Legislative compliance and awareness – With OHSAS / SS, system ensures you are compliant with latest laws and legislations

To prevent low morale owing to high accident rates

To sustain company business & profit

To organize and self-regulate OHS efforts with legal compliance

To eliminate / minimize / confine risks exposure of employees and other interested parties

To implement, maintain & continually improve your OHSMS and OHS performance

To assure and demonstrate to others – conformance to own OHS Policy

To project company image & to market-differentiate – with sales expansion and manpower stability

ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System (EMS)

ISO 14001:2015 is an International Standard certificate for Environmental Management System which is designed to help organizations manage environmental issues such as pollution and waste management.

ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organizations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities. ISO 14001:2015 and its supporting standards such as ISO 14006:2011 focus on environmental systems to achieve this.

Using ISO 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.

 EMS MODEL:

An EMS follows a Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle, or PDCA.

The diagram shows the process of first developing an environmental policy, planning the EMS, and then implementing it. The process also includes checking the system and acting on it. The model is continuous because an EMS is a process of continual improvement in which an organization is constantly reviewing and revising the system.

Your company will benefit from employing the service of a consultant to assist with the documentation preparation and to guide you through the entire implementation in order to make the certification process a relatively smooth one.

Requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 standard:

  • Environmental Policy.
  • Environmental Aspects and Impacts.
  • Legal and Other Requirements & Evaluations.
  • Objectives and Targets and Environmental Management Program.
  • Training, Awareness and Competence.
  • Communication.
  • EMS Documentation & Control of Documents & EMS Audit.
  • Operational Control & Emergency Preparedness & Response.
  • Monitoring and Measuring.
  • Non conformance and Corrective and Preventive Action.

BENEFITS OF ISO 14001:2015

  • Cost savings through the reduction of waste and more efficient use of natural resources (electricity, water, gas and fuels).
  • Avoiding fines and penalties from not meeting environmental legislation by identifying environmental risks and addressing weaknesses.
  • Reduction in insurance costs by demonstrating better risk management.
  • Operational and Internal.
  • Improved overall performance and efficiency.
  • Able to monitor and reflect (audit) your business and see which areas need intervention.
  • Better public perception of the organization, leading to improved sales.

HOW WSH EXPERTS CAN HELP YOU?

WSH EXPERTS offers one of the best services in helping you to get ISO 14001:2015 certification. Our EMS Consultants help you to achieve efficient and effective environment management system which will be a benchmark for your company and will raise the status of your company to a great extent.

Quality management System (ISO9001)

ISO 9001:2015 is the latest version of Quality Management standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements

ISO 9001 certification is suitable for all sizes and types of organisations and is well established around the world as an invaluable Quality Management System standard. It is suitable for organisations in all industry sectors and will help your organisation to improve management processes to compete locally and/or globally.

It specifies minimum requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to:

Demonstrate its ability to provide consistently a product that meets customer and applicable regulatory requirements

Address customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, developing processes for continual improvement and the prevention of errors and mistakes

ISO 9001 new standard, ISO 9001:2015 has recently published. Which means ISO 9001 standard has been upgraded from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015.

Companies wishing to transit from the ISO 9001:2008 to the newest 2015 version can also contact wshexpetrspte ltd for a consultancy service.

Benefits of ISO 9001-2015

Enhanced customer satisfaction and improved customer loyalty leading to repeat business

Increased revenue and market share obtained through flexible and fast responses to market opportunities

Integration and alignment of internal processes which will lead to increased productivity and results

Creates a more efficient, effective operation

Increases customer satisfaction and retention

Gaining good reputation for the company

Providing confidence to interested parties as to the consistency, effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation

Increased credibility and competitiveness in the market

Consistency in the delivery of your product or service

Reduces audits

Enhances marketing

Improves employee motivation, awareness, and morale

Enhanced business performance and better cost management

Enhanced business performance and better cost management

Lower costs and shorter cycle times through effective use of resources

Improved communication, planning and administration processes

Gaining market image

Reduction in customer complaints