Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHMS) are designed to manage health and safety data to give an organisation the best chances of having an incident-free workplace.
Most organisations have elements of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) in place, however it is less likely for organisations to have a system in place that coordinates these elements to improve OHS. A systematic approach to OHS ensures that important health and safety issues are brought to attention so they can be fixed.
There are 5 keys to implementing a successful OHS Management System:
- management commitment and policy
- measurement and evaluation
- review and improvement
The importance of an OHSMS should not be underestimated. It allows your workplace to systematically eliminate the possibility of accident, illness, injury or fatality caused by workplace hazards. Not only is this obviously beneficial for anyone working in the organisation, it is also beneficial for your organisation as a whole.
Employers have a legal responsibility to provide a safe workplace for employees. Having an OHSMS does not exempt you from your legal requirements, however it should help you meet them. If you fail to meet the legal OHS requirements you will likely face prosecution.
Shows care to your employees and boosts productivity
As well as legal ramifications, if a workplace lacks OHS protocols, it can decrease the morale of the organisation. An improvement of working methods and the working environment will lead to an increase in worker morale which in turn can lead to an increase in productivity. By improving OHS in your workplace, you will also reduce the risk of losing working days due to illness, injury or accident.
Although it takes time and money to implement an OHSMS, it is well worth it to protect your employees and organisation. We offer a large number of courses and if you are interested in learning on more then view our quality and safety management systems lead auditor course.