Health and safety management systems

Health and safety management systems

A health and safety management system is a process put in place by an employer to minimize the risk of injury and illness.

This is made possible by identifying, assessing and controlling risks to workers in all workplace operations. The scope and complexity of a system will vary according to the type of workplace, and the type of operations carried out.

An effective health and safety management system must have the following 8 components in place:

  1. Identification and analysis of health and safety hazards at the work site
  2. Control measures to eliminate or reduce the risks to workers from hazards
  3. Clearly demonstrated and management commitment, and written company policy
  4. Worker competency and training
  5. Inspection program
  6. Emergency response planning
  7. Incident reporting and investigation
  8. Management system administration

For more information read Building an Effective Health and Safety Management System (PDF, 450 KB).

Modified: 2015-03-11
PID: 15165

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