WHY BECOME CERTIFIED WITH AS/NZS 4801?
A certified system ensures your company is reaching the highest of Occupational Health and Safety standards and criteria's required by the Commonwealth Government in order to perform national, state and local government tenders.
Work Health and Safety is a major concern for all businesses. The WHS Act and WHS Regulation 2011 came into effect in New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory on 1 January 2012. Now is the time for Directors, HR Managers, Safety Managers, Safety Coordinators and Safety Personnel to be informed of their Work Health and Safety Responsibilities under this new Act. It is also time to assess Safety Management Systems for compliance with the new laws. Top End Safety Solutions Pty Ltd can help companies assess their Safety Management Systems by auditing their current systems against the new WHS Act and WHS Regulation 2011.
AS/NZS 4801:2001 is the Australian Standard for occupational health and safety and is currently one of the main system requirements for national, state and local government projects under the new national act and regulation. As the Commonwealth Government and each state and territory have agreed to harmonise their work health and safety laws, including regulations and codes of practice, Top End Safety Solutions are committed to keeping businesses up to date with the latest national requirements.
This Standard specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS), to enable an organisation to formulate a policy and objectives taking into account legislative requirements and information about hazards or risks. It applies to those hazards or risks over which the organisation may exert control, and over which it can be expected to have an influence. It does not state specific OHS performance outcomes.
AS/NZS 4801 helps organisations:
implement, maintain and improve an OHSMS;
assure itself of its conformance with its stated OHS policy;
demonstrate such conformance to others;
seek certification/registration of its OHSMS by an external organisation; or
make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with the Standard.
All the requirements in the Standard are intended to be incorporated into any OHSMS. The extent of the application will depend on such factors as the OHS policy of the organisation, the nature of its activities and the conditions in which it operates.
Effective implementation of an OHS management system should seek to ensure the organisation complies with relevant OHS legislation, standards and codes of practice. However, the implementation of any of the requirements of this Standard, whether or not the organisation has gained certification from a third-party certification body or is otherwise recognised, does not in any way assure compliance with legal requirements, or other obligations placed upon the organisation by a statutory body. Hence, the implementation, either actual or intended, of this Standard, or parts thereof, would not preclude any action by a statutory body.
Safety Certification is recognition from an accredited, independent third party that your organisation complies with a recognised standard detailing good safety management system principles. Certification is a public demonstration of the organisation’s commitment to reduce and ultimately eliminate workplace injury.
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