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Unit: Working safely

Section: Safety policies and procedures

MSAPMOHS200A: Work safely

Competencies covered

MSAPMOHS200A: Work safely

WHS management systems

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If your WHS system has turned into a big paper shuffling exercise, then it's not doing the job it's supposed to.

A good system doesn't need a lot of fancy documents, but it does need a user-friendly set of policies, procedures, forms and checklists - to help encourage everyone to keep it up-to-date, and most importantly, put it into practice while they're working.

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For the system to be truly efficient and fully compliant with legislation, it also needs to be integrated into all of the company's activities, and managed in a systematic way.

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This is where a WHS management system comes into play.

It is the overarching system that coordinates all of the safety policies and procedures in the company, and allows management to monitor the performance of the different elements.

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It also provides the company with a means for recording its efforts in dealing with safety issues.

This not only provides evidence that the company is complying with WorkCover requirements, it also gives the directors a sound picture of how well everything is working.

Click on the links below to see the names and descriptions of typical documents that a company might keep in its WHS management system:

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Learning activity

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In the Workplace procedures Learning activity you listed the different types of procedures you use at work. But as you can see, there are many other types of documents included in a company's WHS system.

  1. What other documents are you involved with from your company's WHS system in the course of your normal work duties?

  2. Do you use any WHS-related forms or documents that are not described above? If so, what are they, and what category would they come under?

Write down your answers and share them with your trainer and other learners in your group.

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