And by the way, what the heck is a Safety Management System?
Businesses have an obligation to ensure the heath and safety of their people.
In practical terms, this is what we refer to as Primary Duty which represents an obligation to eliminate or minimise potential harm or loss (risk) by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety.
The best way to meet this obligation is to have a Safety Management System (SMS) implemented into your business.
Safety management is managing business activities and applying framework, policies and procedures to help prevent accidents, injuries and minimise risk.
A safety management system (SMS) is a documented systematic approach to managing safety, including organisational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. It should aim to manage safety risks and ensure the safety of a business’s transport activities, so far as is reasonably practicable.
When implemented into your business, an SMS will help you to continuously improve the safety of your operations and assist in meeting your responsibilities under Work Health and Safety Laws.
It is important to understand that no SMS is identical, as no business is identical, but they all will have a similar framework and cover the same four major components:
The complexity of YOUR SMS will depend on the business activities and size. A simple SMS can just be as effective as a complex one as long as the business is utilising it to its potential.
There are a number of benefits of implementing a SMS.