WA businesses encouraged to review WHS systems
In light of the newly released WHS laws in Western Australia, it's a good time for WA businesses to review their current WHS practices – especially if they are looking towards certifying their safety management system to ISO 45001.
WA's new Work Health and Safety Act 2020 and regulations officially commenced on 31 March 2022, and in a national first, the new laws bring together WHS for general industry, mines and petroleum and geothermal operations under a single Act in the most important health and safety reform for WA workplaces in more than 30 years.
The new WHS laws align with most other States and Territories in Australia. Most significantly, the introduction of the new laws provides an ideal opportunity for local businesses to review their current practices, and work towards implementing an ISO 45001 certified safety management system that will greatly improve safety overall.
Why ISO 45001?
The greatest asset in any business is its people. Whatever the risks involved in your industry, identifying and managing risk, promoting a safe workplace and reducing accidents is in the best interest of everyone.
An effective Occupational Health and Safety system will result in fewer accidents, greater care within the workplace and an organisation culture that promotes safe and healthy work systems. Employees who know there are systems in place that showcase commitment to their ongoing safety and wellbeing are more motivated, loyal and of greater value to the organisation they work for.
ISO 45001 outlines the requirements for implementing an Occupational Health and Safety Management System. The standard has been designed to help organisations establish and maintain a system of management to improve the welfare, health and safety of employees at the workplace.
The OHS standard has been developed to be compatible with ISO 9001:2015 (Quality) and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems in an Integrated Management System.
Want to review your safety practices in line with the new WHS laws?
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