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Why Your Health and Safety Management Plan MUST address the Environment.

Posted by Andrew Watters on

WHS and OHS continue to evolve under the pressure of ever changing political agendas, technologies and community expectations. One example of this is that environmental concerns must now be stringently addressed in health and safety management plans. In this article we will provide an introduction to these requirements, as well as an overview of the product we have created to meet this need. Our solution is the Health, Safety and Environment Management Plan, or HSEMP for the acronym lovers. In this plan we have brought together two comprehensive stand-alone products to create one masterful, high-return solution. The Environmental Management Plan...

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Your Site Safety Management Plan Vitals

Posted by Andrew Watters on

If you’re in management, then you can probably remember the early 70’s TV show called “Emergency” (and if you’re not old enough, then congratulations on your rapid promotion). Remember paramedics John Gage and Roy DeSoto? They would race to the rescue in their small red fire truck, sirens blaring; then calmly but quickly drag out their equipment, walk briskly into chaos, and take instant control. Radioing “Rampart”, they’d immediately report on the patient’s vitals, and until they reached the hospital, those patient ‘vitals’ would continue to be monitored. Site safety has it’s vitals too, and here we’ll identify who’s responsible...

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Safe Work Method Statement

Posted by Andrew Watters on

A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a procedure that describes the work activities, associated hazards, risks and the control measures. A well written Safe Work Method Statement sets out a consistent step by step procedure to ensure each worker performs the work activity using the same work process and safety controls. The same applies for the use of hazardous plant, equipment or tools. Safe Work Method Statements help prevent incidents, injuries and illness occurring by outlining a safe method of work for each step in a specific work activity or whilst using plant, equipment or tools. Safe Work Method...

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WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY SOLUTIONS FOR BUSINESS

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Managing your Work Health and Safety (WHS) responsibilities ensuring safe work environments can be challenging for most small business owners. Creating your own Work Health and Safety Management System can also seem overwhelming, not knowing where to start, creating all the documents and keeping up with the changes in Work Health and Safety Legislation and Codes of Practice. For some businesses, Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS), Policies and Procedures which form a part of your Work Health and Safety system may be all that is required, but the time to develop these documents is more than many business owners are...

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THE RISK MANAGEMENT PROCESS

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The main purpose of conducting the Risk Management Process is to identify hazards that are present in the workplace. Hazards can be identified and then methods for minimising associated risks or injuries can be developed before work has commenced. Work Health and Safety (WHS) officers, supervisors, workers and visitors can be made aware of each hazard which assists in minimising risk and leads to a safer workplace. An effective Risk Management Process should also allow you to develop Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS), which are written instructions for officers, supervisors and workers outlining acceptable work methods that minimise WHS risks....

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