injury and disease to persons in the workplace. State, Territory or Commonwealth legislation applies. Importantly, a number of Australian jurisdictions have ‘harmonised’ their legislation from 2012. There are some central features common to all good policy: it states matters of principle, it is focused on action, stating what is to be done and by whom, it is an authoritative statement, made by a person or body with power to do so. Introduction: All people and organisations are required to comply with relevant legislation to which they are subject. This includes prescribed laws, regulations and by-laws. Organisations need to determine their legislative obligations. The Work Health and Safety Act (2011) states that while at work, a worker must cooperate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the person conducting the business or undertaking (PCBU) relating to health or safety at the workplace that has been notified to workers. Body: A workplace health and safety management system (WHSMS) can be thought of as a particular, organisational wide approach, instituted by a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), in order to minimise the risk of injury and illness arising from the conduct of their undertaking. Establishing a systems-based approach to workplace health and safety may assist a PCBU address their duties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act); through the identification and assessment of workplace risks and whether the necessary organisational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures are in place to limit their impact. Broadly, a WHSMS provides a focus on improving safety performance through a systematic approach integrating WHS planning, implementation and review. However, a WHSMS is not simply the existence of forms, processes or policies that outlines the various safety aspects considered important by the organisation. Rather, a WHSMS must give effect to the content of that safety documentation in an ongoing and managed way that reduces risk and improves organisational safety outcomes. A WHSMS is then taken to mean an evolving or continuously improving system which uses feedback to manage and improve safety related outcomes; it builds on existing health and safety processes, integrates with other management systems, provides for more informed decision making, strengthens corporate culture and demonstrates due diligence. A system which relies only on documenting procedures and does not provide mechanisms for ensuring safety performance criteria are identified and achieved is significantly less effective in protecting people from harm. © 2015 Innovation and Business Industry Skills Council Ltd/Modified July 2015 1 st edition version: 2 Page 14 of 20
Assessment Task 1 BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace Policies and procedure to include The control of the organization collects information on the WHS Act so they can learn how to be in compliance with the rules and regulations set forward in that legislative report.
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