How can occupational health and safety be managed?
Organizations can help to protect themselves and their employees by implementing an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS). Such a system helps to ensure that your business:
- Has an effective OHS policy and objectives
- Can establish, assess, and review its own OHS procedures
- Can demonstrate its commitment to OHS to others, via self-declaration or certification.
Reduce workplace illness and injury
This is the primary aim of an effective OHSMS. The implementation of such a system can also help your business to deal with the legal imperatives, ethical concerns, industrial relations considerations relating to workplace safety, and to improve its financial performance.
AS/NZS 4801:2001 is used as the benchmark to assess Occupational Health & Safety Management systems for organizations. Whilst this is an Australian/ New Zealand Standard, organizations in other countries have adopted the requirements.