Health and Safety Management System
What is an OHSMS?
"As part of the UNSW - OHS Management System we have included "Consultation" into the model."
An OHSMS is a set of plans, actions and procedures to systematically manage health and safety in the workplace that is actively endorsed by a committed employer to achieve
- Provision of a safe and health workplace and the prevention/reduction of illness and injury equally for employees and contractors.
- Identification of workplace hazards, assessment and control of all risks.
- Active involvement in health and safety matters by managers, supervisors and employees and their representatives.
- Provision of information and training for employees at all levels so they can work safely.
- Audit and review of the OHSMS.
Our system has 6 key elements:
The OHSMS follows a simple WHY, WHAT, HOW format i.e.
Why are we required to do this?
What has the University put in place to meet this requirement?
How do you implement this requirement?
UNSW's OHSMS uses AS/NZS 4804:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems - General guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques, as it's framework.
It also incorporates guidance from AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems - Specifications with guidance for use.