9. 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 customized to meet the needs of your organisation.

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 it’s 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

 

WSH Experts assists you with:

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.