Risk Management

Safety Management Systems: 5 Great Tips to Get You Started

As you manage to run a business, it can be daunting to create your own Work Health and Safety System. It is easy for you to get lost and lose your way.

This guide will give you a few tips to help you set up a safety management system.

  • Conforms to the law
  • It allows you to effectively manage risk.
  • Your workers are open to using your products

Tip 1. Learn the law.

Although it may seem complicated, the Work Health and Safety law (WHS), requires you to address two main points

1. Management of risk helps to protect people from harm

2. Effective communication and consultation

Effective risk management is key to compliance. People should be given the chance to build solutions.

This will help you to approach WHS Management with confidence and all the rest will fall into place.

Tip 2. Continuous Improvement is the key to success

Continuous improvement recognizes that you may not get it all right the first time, but you can learn from your mistakes to improve and become better over time.

This is demonstrated by the continuous improvement model.

1. Define your safety policy’s objective. It will help you determine your destination.

2. You must plan how you will get there. Define your goals, the people who will accomplish them, and what resources are needed.

3. Implement your WHS System. Do what you promise.

4. To ensure that your efforts are on the right track, evaluate your progress.

5. Reexamine your work regularly. Ask yourself. Ask yourself: “Have you met your expectations?” If not, then why not?

It happens again. Are your objectives still relevant? Do you need to adjust your plan?

Tip 3. Identify your risks.

Begin with a broad brush risk assessment.

This assessment is intended to be general and requires very few details.

1. Identify the most important tasks that your company undertakes

2. Identify the hazards that come with each task

3. Rang hazards are based on the risk they pose.

4. Identify the current controls

5. Determine risk remaining

6. Who and when are they responsible for taking further action?

You have now created a safety plan for your organization. You have now identified and prioritized the most dangerous areas and created a foundation for your safety plan.

Tip 4. Make the most of your knowledge

  • Involve your employees
  • Make sure your safety committee is active
  • Enjoy morning tea with your friends and have a great conversation
  • Assign responsibilities and accountability
  • Take ownership

Tip 5. Know your limitations

1. Use your resources to achieve your goals

  • Financial,
  • Humans, and
  • Capital

2. WHS can be added to your budget.

3. Find the knowledge, skills and time required to put it all together.

Are you looking to hire an external safety consultant or allocate internal resources?

4. Consider:

  • Software and IT
  • Office space
  • Upgrades and maintenance of equipment

Your limits will dictate your capabilities when it comes to planning WHS.

  • There is no shortcut.
  • Be realistic about your goals.
  • Get your team to adopt a risk management approach.
  • Focus on your ability and you’ll see the results.


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