H&S Management Systems

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Occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) is defined in AS/NZS 4801:2001 as,

That part of the overall management system which includes organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing and maintaining the OHS policy, and so managing the risks associated with the business of the organization.

The success of an OHSMS depends on commitment from all levels and functions within an organization, especially from senior management. An effective OHSMS can assist an organization to—

  • set out OHS policy and objectives;
  • establish, assess and review the effectiveness of procedures which give effect to OHS policy and objectives;
  • achieve conformance with OHS policy and objectives of the organization; and
  • demonstrate such conformance to others (via self-declaration or certification/ registration as appropriate).

(AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems p.iv)