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.
- 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|