What is a Health and Safety Management System?
A health and safety management system (HSMS) is more than your occupational health and safety policies and procedures. It is the complete system of activities that works together to form how health and safety is executed in your organization. This includes policies, procedures, records, training, communication, follow-up, audits, assessments etc.
An effective health and safety management system means you are incorporating health and safety in every aspect of your business process. It is a continuous effort and requires management leadership and commitment. Regular inspections of the workplace, equipment and practices can identify hazards, implement controls and allow for proactive solutions before an incident occurs. Regular audits and assessments of your records and practices can provide the information required to make improvements and ensure you are eliminating or controlling the hazards present in your workplace or industry.
At times a third party can provide a new set of eyes, a fresh perspective, and an unbiased approach to assessing your health and safety management system. Safety First Consulting Professional corporation has a team of safety professionals that can provide a proactive solution to determining if you are meeting your health and safety requirements, and due diligence.