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6.6.3 Arrangements (Systems and Procedures) It is vital to establish safe and healthy systems of work designed to counteract the identified risks within a business. The following aspects should be used as a guide when preparing arrangements for health and safety at work: The involvement of the safety adviser, committee and relevant line/functional management at the planning/design stage. The provision of health and safety performance criteria for articles, and product safety data for substances, prior to purchase. The provision of specific instructions for using machines, for maintaining safety systems, and for the control of health hazards. The development of specific health and safety training for all employees. The undertaking of medical examinations and biological monitoring. The provision of suitable protective equipment The development and utilisation of permit-to-work systems. The provision of first- aid/emergency procedures, including aspects of fire safety/prevention. The provision of written procedures in respect of contractors and visitors. The formulation of written safe systems of work for use by all levels of management and workforce.
146/ ADTU OLE Quality Management Summary ISO 9001 can improve worker safety through the identification and elimination of potentially hazardous practices, development of a formal corrective action process, and institutionalization of routine audits and management reviews. Some critics suggest that such formalization and documentation of work practices can negatively affect employees, such as by reducing skill requirements or increasing cumulative trauma. The key elements of a successful safety and health management system as well as the relationship between them are explained. The manner and extent to which the individual elements will be applied will depend on factors such as size of the organisation, its management structure, the nature of its activities, and the risks involved. Approved codes of practice offer practical examples of good practice. They give advice on how to comply with the law by, for example, providing a guide to what is ‘reasonably practicable’. For example, if regulations use words like ‘suitable and sufficient’, anApproved Code of Practice can illustrate what this requires in particular circumstances. Approved Codes of Practice have a special legal status. If employers are prosecuted for a breach of health and safety law, and it is proved that they have not followed the relevant provisions of the Approved Code of Practice, a court can find them at fault unless they can show that they have complied with the law in some other way. References Health and Safety Home Pages, 2006. The Statement of Health and Safety Policy [Online] Available at: <.

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