Improving Work Health and Safety
The Work Health and Safety Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines (Edition 5) are designed to assist NSW government agencies operating in a variety of construction and infrastructure projects to conduct operations in the construction industry that:
- Promotes and implements safe workplace practices and outcomes;
- Develops a series of standards that form the minimum industry requirements;
- Encourages a safety systems approach by construction contractors;
- Grow productivity and efficiency by planning improvements and risk management;
- Provides assurances to NSW government agencies that work health and safety obligations are being reached.
For contracts that exceed the value of $1 million, the NSW WHSMS Guidelines require an appropriate corporate WHS management system. These systems must comply with Edition 5 of the WHSMS Auditing guidelines.
Government agencies are entitled to accept corporate WHSM systems, if the following is evidenced:
The Corporate WHSMS supplied demonstrates recent compliance with the previous edition (Edition 4 of the guidelines)
An audit report by an independent OHS Auditor (in compliance with the WHSMS and Auditing Guidelines Edition 5) attesting that the Corporate Work Health and Safety Management System: adheres to the documentation specifications of the Work Health and Safety Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines (Edition 5); accounts for all relevant WHS Legislation and other requirements as necessary; and stipulates auditing at regular intervals, at a maximum of three years, by an independent and recognised OHS auditor that is independent of the contractor themselves.