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Why have an OHS management system?
What are the benefits?

An effective OHSMS should lead to a reduction in workplace illness and injury, minimising the costs associated with workplace accidents and reducing the likelihood of prosecution for breaches of OHS laws.

The second part of the statement mentions OHS law. Employers have certain legislative obligations under the Act, a general duty to protect the health and safety of their employees at work.

Subsection 16(2) of the Act states that the employer must take all reasonably practicable steps to:

  • provide and maintain a working environment (including plant and systems of work) that is safe for employees and without risk to their health;
  • ensure that workplaces under their control are safe for employees and without risk to their health;
  • ensure the health and safety at work of employees in connection with the use, handling, storage or transport of plant or of substances;
  • develop, in consultation with employees, a policy relating to health and safety that will:
    • enable effective cooperation between the employer and the employees in promoting and developing measures to ensure the employees' health, safety and welfare at work; and
    • provide adequate mechanisms for reviewing the effectiveness of the measures; and
  • provide to the employees, in appropriate languages, the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to enable them to perform their work in a manner that is safe and without risk to their health.

An effective OHS Management System will assist the employer to achieve the obligations shown above.

How do I get one of these?