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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BSBWHS605 – Develop, implement and maintain WHS Management System
About Lesson

The nature of information and data that provide valid and reliable measures of WHS performance is critical. Such data should be both quantitative and qualitative, encompassing a range of indicators that reflect the effectiveness, efficiency, and adaptability of the WHSMS. Here’s a detailed look at the types of information and data that are considered valuable in this context:

Types of Data for WHS Performance Measurement

  1. Lagging Indicators:

    • These are historical data that measure the occurrence and severity of outcomes, such as the number of workplace injuries, incidents, near misses, and fatalities. They also include data on workers’ compensation claims, lost workdays, and the cost of incidents. While useful, these indicators alone do not provide a complete picture of WHS performance, as they only reflect past events.
  2. Leading Indicators:

    • Leading indicators are proactive measures that help predict and prevent incidents before they occur. These include:
      • Training and Education Metrics: Records of completed WHS training sessions, participation rates, and assessments of training effectiveness.
      • Safety Audits and Inspections: Frequency and outcomes of safety audits, including both scheduled and random inspections.
      • Employee Engagement: Measures of employee involvement in WHS initiatives, such as participation in safety committees, safety meetings attendance, and contributions to safety suggestions schemes.
      • Risk Assessments: Documentation and outcomes of risk assessments, including identified hazards, evaluated risks, and effectiveness of control measures implemented.
      • Maintenance and Housekeeping: Schedules and records of equipment maintenance and housekeeping practices that contribute to a safe working environment.
  3. Positive Performance Indicators:

    • These indicators focus on positive outcomes and proactive efforts to improve WHS. Examples include:
      • Compliance Rates: Levels of adherence to WHS policies, procedures, and legislative requirements.
      • Proactive Initiatives: Number and impact of proactive safety initiatives, such as wellness programs, ergonomic assessments, and mental health support.
      • Continuous Improvement Metrics: Evidence of ongoing improvements in WHSMS, such as updates to policies, procedures, and safety technologies based on feedback and incident analysis.
      • Safety Culture Indicators: Surveys and feedback that measure the safety culture within the organisation, including employee perceptions of safety, management’s commitment to safety, and the value placed on safety across the organisation.

Ensuring Validity and Reliability

To ensure that the measures of WHS performance and WHSMS are both valid and reliable, it’s essential to:

  • Standardise Data Collection: Use consistent methods and tools for collecting and recording data to ensure comparability over time and across different areas of the organisation.
  • Regular Review and Verification: Regularly review and verify data to ensure accuracy and relevance. This may involve internal audits, cross-checking data sources, and validating data through external audits where necessary.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Involve a range of stakeholders, including employees, management, and external experts, in the development and review of performance indicators to ensure they are relevant and comprehensive.
  • Use of Technology: Employ appropriate technology and software to collect, analyse, and report on WHS data, which can enhance the efficiency, accuracy, and accessibility of data.

By focusing on a balanced mix of lagging and leading indicators, including positive performance indicators, organisations can obtain a comprehensive view of their WHS performance. This approach not only helps in identifying areas for improvement but also in recognising and reinforcing positive safety behaviours and practices within the workplace.