Safety Management Systems

A Safety Management System (SMS) provides a systematic way to identify hazards and control risks while maintaining assurance that these risk controls are effective. SMS can be defined as:

A systematic approach to managing Safety, including the necessary organisational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures.

A SMS should be woven into the fabric of an organization. It becomes part of the culture, “the way we do our jobs around here.

An SMS framework consists of five main components and multiple elements depending on the specific enterprise, see picture SMS1 below.

Pic: SMS 1

Pic: SMS 1

The purpose of an SMS is to reduce risk to a level that is as low that is reasonably practicable.

Arguably there are three reasons for adopting a safety management system for a business:

  • Ethical, to be able to rest in the knowledge that individual and group duty of care is in place.
  • Legal, under WHS, Tort and various other Regulations and Laws there is a high likelihood significant fines and possible goal time if risk has not been managed.
  • Financial, increased insurance costs, loss or inability to bid for contracts, personnel replacement/retraining, fines, reputation loss with injury/incidents.

Health and safety in the workplace is a key issue for every enterprise, Work Safe Australia reports:

  • that there were 185 worker deaths in 2014
  • the cost of work related injuries illnesses for the 2008-2009 financial year is estimated to be $60.6 billion dollars or 4.8% of GDP

“How much is an inefficient Safety Management System costing you?”

Understanding, monitoring and managing legislative compliance and obligations are some of the greatest challenges any company faces. Completions consultants have worked and practiced in the largest Safety Management Systems in Australia providing support to identify, evaluate and manage safety, health and environmental compliance and ensure best practice Safety Management in an increasingly complex and dynamic industrial landscape.

Harness the expertise of the team at Completions to simplify delivery, implementation, and compliance and effectively manage all aspects of your organisation’s safety program. Easily manage, track and report all of your safety metrics in real-time, streamline incident and WHS reporting, drive continuous improvement while seamlessly complying with standards such as:

  • AS/NZS 4801
  • AS/NZS ISO 9000
  • AS/NZS ISO 14001
  • AS/NZS ISO 31000
  • AS 1885.1

Where an integrated software solution is required Completions uses, recommends and is the preferred supplier of:

Safety Management Software 1

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