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WHS\OHS Management System, WHS Manual & Legislative Compliance

Health & Safety Systems

What is a WHS\OHS Management System or Manual?

A work health and safety (WHS or OHS) management system is a set of policies, procedures and plans that systematically manage health and safety at work. The WHS/OHS Management System should be developed, implemented and audited in accordance with as applicable:

  • AS4801 and ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems requirements
  • AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems–Specification with guidance for use.

How Does the Organisation Benefit from a WHS\OHS Management System?

A WHS/OHS Management System can assist in reducing workplace illness and injury and minimising the costs associated with workplace incidents that might occur. The development and implementation of a WHSMS can contribute to optimal work health and safety outcomes for all parties at work.
An organisation with a WHS/OHS Management System should be able to demonstrate, both internally and externally, that they have a systematic approach to controlling the risks to workers and others associated with work related activities, products and/or services.

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Key Principals of a WHS\OHS Management System?

According to AS/NZS4801, ISO45001 and AS/NZS4804 five key principles must be present in a functional WHS/OHS Management System. These are:


  • Deciding, committing and communicating the WHS vision by:
    • Developing WHS policies, procedures and plans, in consultation with workers
    • Document control and review
    • Providing the necessary resources
    • Driving WHS outcomes through leadership at all levels of the organisation


  • Setting WHS goals to be achieved and planning for their success by:
    • Allocation of responsibility and accountability
    • WHS Consultation
    • Specific WHS Programs
    • Training
    • Reporting
    • Communication, information and awareness


  • Where the WHS policies, procedures and plans are developed, in place and effective and be confirmed by:
    • Hazard identification arrangements
    • Risk assessments
    • Risk control
    • Emergency management
    • Injury management and return to work
    • Supervision
    • WHS Training
    • Reporting
    • Communication, information and awareness

Measurement and evaluation

  • Regularly measuring WHS outcomes against agreed goals
    • WHS Audits
    • Reviews
    • Incident data
    • Registers and records

Management review

  • Evaluate performance against established targets
  • Develop new and review existing plans as required for continuous improvement.Continuous performance evaluation and improvement.

How can we assist you with your WHS\OHS Management System?

Our Senior WHS/OHS Consultants can provide you with the following services:

  • Development of your entire WHS/OHS Management System in accordance with AS/NZS4804, ISO45001 and AS/NZS4801 and other industry specific requirements (eg. BROWZ for Contractors and Suppliers)
  • Upgrading your existing WHS/OHS Management System to meet the requirements of AS/NZS4804 and 4801 and other industry specific requirements (eg. BROWZ for Contractors and Suppliers)
  • A template WHS/OHS Management System in Word files documents to customise yourself using your company logo.

Speak to one of our Senior WHS Consultants for free initial consultation regarding your WHS Management System or manual.

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