Chapter One: Establish and maintain a WHS management system This section addresses the following performance criteria:
Locate, adapt, adopt and communicate WHS policies which clearly define the organisation’s commitment to complying with WHS legislation Identify duty holders and define WHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel according to WHS legislation, policies, procedures and programs Identify and approve financial and human resources required by the WHS management system (WHSMS)
Locate, adapt, adopt and communicate WHS policies that clearly define the organisation?s commitment to complying with WHS legislation
Locate, adapt, adopt and communicate WHS policies which clearly define the organisation’s commitment to complying with WHS legislation Health and safety policies set out a number of specific responsibilities-relating to legislated requirements and from approved codes of practice.
Policies can specifically relate to:
duties of employers duties of workers and contractors health and safety committees (HSCs) discrimination in the workplace risk assessments control of risks recording and/or documenting of information functions of health and safety representatives (HSRs) training manual handling inspections
Information about health and safety can also be found in legislation.
A health and safety policy can include a goal to achieve exceptional health and safety performance through its commitment to a range of objectives.
Objectives could include:
compliance with relevant legislation implementing, monitoring and continually improving the health and safety management system to create and maintain a culture that values health and safety maintaining an active risk management program focused on preventing workplace injury, damage and loss ensuring all managers are responsible and accountable for the health and safety of their workers and contractors ensuring all workers, contractors and visitors are informed of and understand and fulfil their health and safety responsibilities providing information, instruction and training to workers and contractors based on identified needs effectively consulting and communicating with workers on matters relating to health and safety proactively investigating all workplace incidents and promptly implementing corrective actions to prevent recurrences measuring, reporting and monitoring meaningful health and safety performance indicators that are aligned to the organisation’s strategy and objectives
An expected outcome, such as providing a workplace that is safe and healthy, can also be included in a policy.
This information can be located in a central location in folders, in worker manuals or electronically on a shared drive.
Policies can be communicated during training sessions, staff meetings, on-site conversation or presentations or in writing. Policy requirements might be represented by posters, explained in emails, memos or notices which are displayed prominently so that workers know the organisation is committed to implementing legislation.
Points to consider when educating workers about the commitment to implementing legislation are:
whether workers know what legislation is relevant whether the legislation being used is most current when the legislation applies to current situation the implications of non-compliance
Information about current legislation can be found on state government legislation websites on the internet.