What is AS/NZS 4801 Safety Management System and What are the Benefits
AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001 are standards that set out the requirements an organisation to systematically manage OH&S in the workplace. The OHSAS 18001 was developed based on a UK standard while the AS/NZS 4801 was developed by Joint Accreditation Australia and New Zealand (AS/NZS). They are very similar with very few differences. Both standards are equally recognized in Australia. The are so similar that some organisations obtain certification for both. As with the ISO 9001 they are designed to work for organizations of all sizes and across all sectors.
The main objective of a AS/NZS 4801 safety management system is reducing e workplace illness and injury. The implementation of such a system can also help your business to deal with the legal imperatives, ethical concerns, industrial relations considerations relating to workplace safety, and to improve its financial performance.
A key component in safety management is the system used to record, manage and analyse safety-related data. With an effective system, everyone can see exactly where accidents and unsafe situations are occurring and take proactive steps to eliminate them.
A Safety Management System is designed to help a business to create a safe, secure and well-managed workplace by:
- Identifying and minimizing hazards associated with your organisation’s business
- Reducing incidents, accidents and injuries in the workplace
- Reducing risks of legal action for worker’s compensation and liability claims
- Providing due diligence evidence should an incident or accident occur.
An effective Safety Management System protects employers, customers, suppliers, and other members of the public who may be impacted by the work environment.
Implementing a Safety Management System communicates the organisation’s commitment to best practice.
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