Importance of Standards reinforced in new health and safety guidelines for directors

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Issue 50 – June 2013

New guidelines that were launched recently for company directors to lead and manage health and safety in their workplaces highlight the importance of Standards in the area of health and safety. Good Governance Practices Guideline for Managing Health and Safety Risks refers to three key Standards for managing occupational health and safety risks.

  • AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk management – Principles and guidelines. This Standardprovides principles, a framework, and a process to manage risk and can be used by any organisation regardless of its size, activity, or sector. Using AS/NZS ISO 31000 can help organisations increase the likelihood of achieving objectives, improve the identification of opportunities and threats, and effectively allocate and use resources for risk treatment.

  • AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Specification with guidance for use. The Standard sets auditable criteria for an occupational health and safety management system. This Standard aims to encompass the best elements of such systems already widely used in Australia and New Zealand.

  • AS/NZS 4804:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems – General guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques. This Standard provides guidance on how an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) may be set up; how it can be continually improved; and what resources may be used to do this.

Download the Good Governance Practices Guideline for Managing Health and Safety Risks

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