Course Content
Support and facilitate the implementation of a WHSMS
This topic involves supporting and facilitating the implementation of a Workplace Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS). It includes determining the appropriate structure and content of the WHSMS, effective consultation with stakeholders, and gaining their agreement for its implementation.
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Develop WHS policy and commitment to a WHSMS
In this topic you'll focus on developing a Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) policy and fostering commitment to a WHS Management System (WHSMS). This includes communicating policy and commitment requirements, conducting an initial WHS review, developing a suitable WHS policy that aligns with organisational needs, and involving stakeholders in policy development and agreement. Finally, you'll document and communicate the WHS policy to relevant individuals and parties.
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Develop and implement a WHS plan
This topic involves the development and implementation of a Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) plan. You'll communicate the plan's requirements to relevant parties, collaborate with them to create an appropriate WHS plan, and facilitate participation and consultation during its development. Additionally, you'll communicate the plan's implementation requirements and support individuals and parties in executing it, ensuring that policies, procedures, processes, and systems align with the WHS plan within your job role.
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Measure and evaluate WHS performance
This topic focuses on measuring and evaluating Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) performance. It involves communicating the measurement and evaluation requirements of the WHS plan to relevant parties, facilitating their participation and consultation in this process. Additionally, you'll assess policies, procedures, systems, and processes within your job role to ensure they support the implementation of the WHS plan effectively.
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Review and improve the WHSMS
This topic covers the process of reviewing and improving the Workplace Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS). It involves communicating the review and improvement requirements to relevant individuals and parties, facilitating their participation and consultation in this process. You will also document the outcomes of the review and suggest improvements, which should be submitted to management for consideration.
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BSBWHS605 – Develop, implement and maintain WHS Management System
About Lesson

WHSMS (Work Health and Safety Management Systems) certification and auditing are essential processes for ensuring that organisations comply with Australian WHS standards and legislation. These processes involve systematic evaluations of an organisation’s WHSMS to ensure it meets the requirements of relevant standards such as AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 and, previously, AS/NZS 4801:2001.

WHSMS Certification

ISO 45001 certification is a key step for organisations aiming to comply with international standards for Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems. This certification process involves an evaluation by accredited third-party auditors who assess the organisation’s adherence to ISO 45001 requirements. The process requires organisations to demonstrate their commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment, including establishing relevant policies, objectives, and targets. Achieving ISO 45001 certification showcases an organisation’s dedication to reducing workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, while also meeting legal and regulatory obligations​​.

Auditing Standards and Processes

A WHSMS audit evaluates the effectiveness of an organisation’s WHSMS, ensuring it complies with the Australian Work Health and Safety Act of 2011 or Occupational Health and Safety Laws. The audit assesses existing safety procedures, the implementation of WHS processes, and WHS activities in accordance with the developed plan. This audit helps in improving safety management practices based on feedback​​.

Organisations must also comply with workplace regulations set by bodies like Safe Work Australia. Regular audits are conducted to ensure compliance with these guidelines, and due diligence is necessary to prevent accidents or injuries. Adhering to these regulations and conducting regular audits demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to workplace health and safety​​.

Transition from AS/NZS 4801 to ISO 45001

Organisations previously certified to AS/NZS 4801 are required to migrate to ISO 45001 by a specified deadline. This transition acknowledges ISO 45001 as the new international standard for OHS management systems. The migration process involves updating existing OHS management practices to meet ISO 45001 requirements, focusing on more dynamic risk management and worker participation​​.

In summary, WHSMS certification and auditing are critical for ensuring that organisations not only comply with Australian and international standards but also actively work towards creating safer work environments. These processes involve rigorous evaluations and continuous improvements to health and safety management practices.