Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHS) (OHSMS) are designed to manage health and safety data. They can be managed and built into the standard operating procedure (SOP) of a business.
Whether it is a small business or a large corporation with many sites, managing an OHS system doesn’t need to be a difficult task. Most organizations have OHS guidelines clearly outlined to ensure that safety issues are managed or fixed.
Having a comprehensive OHS system in place allows you to manage and eliminate the risk of accident, injury, illness or even fatality that can be cause by workplace hazards.There are several points that help ensure a successful OHS system.
Employers have a legal responsibility to provide a safe workplace for employees. Having an OHS process documented allows you to meet these legal responsibilities while also managing a safe workplace. By improving OHS standards in the workplace, you will reduce the amount of lost working days due to illness, injury or accident. Not having an OHS strategy in place can lead to the risk of lost money and time.
Although implementing an OHS policy and process can be a large task, it isn’t always as costly and time consuming as some business owners expect.
OHS policy can be implemented in relation to the standard state government legislation available in your jurisdiction. Further to this, OHS policy and procedure can be implemented into your SOP software additionally to your standard operating procedure or training modules.
Employees needs to be aware of the OHS policy and practices. A HSR (Health and Safety Representative) can assist with the implementation of OHS policies and practices.