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Work Health and Safety (WHS/OHS)

Work Health & Safety Management Systems - OHSMS & AS 4801

Why have a WHS/OHS Management System?

The implementation of a formalised and structured occupational health, safety, and welfare system assisted by EQAS will provide a framework for making your workplace a safe and healthy place. The system will not only help you comply with all related legislative requirements, but will develop continuous improvements to your operation by reducing the frequency of illness and injuries and the costs associated with loss of productivity. A systematic approach to safety is better than just letting it happen, and...........

  • Introduces workplace safety systems and procedures that help achieve a safe and healthy workplace

  • Enables compliance with the necessary legislative requirements

  • Reduces costs associated with workplace injury and illness

  • Ensure health and safety obligations are managed in an orderly fashion

  • Enables certification to specific WHS/OHS accreditation requirements such as Australian Standard AS4801, Australian Government Building and Construction WHS/OHS Accreditation Scheme, or "Work Cover Exempt Employer" standards

How does EQAS help?

  • We will evaluate and report on your current safety system 

  • We will facilitate the establishment and development of an organisation's safety program steering committee, and train members in its operation

  • We will provide safety system awareness training for all selected employees

  • We will develop and write your safety manual in consultation with your people, including policies and procedures in accordance with the Work Health and Safety (WHS/OHS) legislative requirements

  • We will provide a structured safety auditor training program to enable selected employees to identify, assess, and control hazards

  • We make sure that safety procedures and work instructions are readily understood and accepted by staff

  • We assist you to comply with necessary legislative requirements, or any safety accreditation you choose to subscribe to, or any customer pre-qualification safety requirement.

Our training and implementation program tells everyone in your organisation what their responsibilities are, and ensures that your health and safety obligations are managed in an orderly fashion. A Work Health and Safety (WHS/OHS) System is a basic and essential part of good management practice, and is much more effective than just letting it happen!

If you already have a system, what can we do?

  • Undertake Workplace Safety Inspections and report to you the outcomes.

  • Provide hazard assessment and job safety analysis.

  • Conduct WHS/OHS System and legal compliance audits.

  • Assist and train your WHS/OHS Coordinator to be more effective.

  • Improve your Safety Committee processes.

Safety Audit & Workplace Risk Assessment

EQAS are risk management specialists providing audit of Work Health and Safety Management Systems (WHSMS/OHSMS), risk assessment of your workplace. Assistance is available for:

  • Workplace safety inspections and reports (are your facilities and infrastructure safe?)

  • Safety Management System audits (are your people complying with your procedures?)

  • Legal Compliance audits (are you complying with legislation?)

  • On-site Subcontractor Safety Management, Inspection and Audit (Are subcontractors always complying with safety requirements?)

  • Job Safety Analysis including:

    • hazard identification

    • risk assessment

    • determining control measures

  • Plant and Equipment risk assessment

  • Safety engineering support

  • Manual Handling risk assessment

  • Safe Operating Procedure Development

  • Safety Committee meeting facilitation

  • Safety performance improvement

  • Risk Identification & Safety Training

  • Safety management of suppliers and contractors

  • Risk Management Software implementation

  • Training, mentoring and coaching

  • Online safety learning management system

With poor work health and safety (WHS/OHS) performance costing many businesses dearly in human suffering, dollars, reduced productivity, and inability to deliver to the market place at full potential, keeping your workplace hazard free is clearly an important investment.

OHS Audits Overview

EQAS (Aust) Pty Ltd is an SA based risk-management consultancy which, for 17 years has been assisting SA companies to better assess, mitigate and manage their work-place risks. The experience and knowledge gained over this time has EQAS very conversant with most-all industry sectors and highly competent in a comprehensive range of management systems and services. Included are risk assessments, audits and assistance to organisations in their quest to gain Australian and International standards including:

  • OH&S standard AS 4801

  • Quality standard ISO 9001

  • Environmental standard ISO 14001

  • International Food standard HACCP

What exactly is an OH&S safety audit?


A safety audit is a comprehensive review of an organisation's OH&S Management System. It determines an organisation's level of compliance with relevant legislation, codes of practice and standards with the purpose of identifying any gaps or breaches, and the consequential liability, that might exist against the given standard or legislation.


It is a critical management activity which identifies where an organisation faces increased risk of a work-place injury and/or may be vulnerable to the often substantial fines and penalties imposed the regulators.


An OH&S safety audit identifies problem areas before they have an impact on work-place safety and offers support and security to workers, ensuring the workplace has a sound safety structure and culture among its staff.

How does an OH&S safety audit work?


Obviously, organisations commissioning a safety audit will require it to be as comprehensive and rigorous as is required to give them the confidence that their work-places are compliant and expectations satisfied.


Organisations may commission varying safety audits depending on their immediate need, their own levels of competency and the status of their current management system.


To cater for these needs EQAS has developed a three-tiered structure of OH&S audits.

EQAS Safety Audits


There are those who may be required to demonstrate compliance to a particular standard at the request of a client. In these instances the need may be to have a full certification audit which involves all audit levels.


Others who are unsure of their compliance with their current state’s (or the pending Commonwealth Government’s WHS) regulations may choose one or two selected audits, or require some or all of the three audit levels.


In the execution of a safety audit, EQAS may require access to any records which relate to the OH&S system. In some instances and where the client organisation is comfortable, relevant files may be taken off-site and a desk-top audit undertaken at our Marryatville SA offices. Other more comprehensive audits will require the EQAS consultant to be on-site with access to the client manuals and relevant personnel.

   2. Desk-top Systems Audit

   These are generally conducted off-site where the OH&S manual and procedural documents are audited to ensure they address the regulations required by legislation and/or the relevant standard or code.


   A desk-top audit generally takes two weeks. At its conclusion a report is presented which will identify those components of the OH&S system which do not comply or adequately prescribe the requirements. It will provide guidance to remedy such gaps.

   It is assumed the client organisation will undertake measures to correct the gaps, however EQAS can quote to provide such assistance as might be required to become compliant.

   3. Implementation Audit

   Having a compliant system is one thing. The implementation and ongoing management of those procedures
and policies at ‘shop-floor’ level is quite another.

   The EQAS Implementation Audit will address the effectiveness of the training, retention and execution of the
OH&S policies and procedures from the manuals to the workers and the work-place. It will look at relevant
records that verifies compliance with the system prescribed requirements.


   It will address matters including:

  • Required management resources to effectively implement and manage the OH&S system

  • Accountability and responsibility for the implementation, management, review and reporting

  • Training and competency

  • Induction processes

  • Hazard identification and evaluation

  • Documentation and records management

  • Emergency preparedness and response

  • Accident investigation

   An Implementation Audit generally takes two to three weeks. At its conclusion a report is presented which will identify those components of the OH&S system which do not comply and provide guidance to remedy such gaps.

   3. Physical Environment Audit

   It is easy for those familiar with a work-place to become complacent and fail to notice instances where corporate OH&S policies are being neglected.


   An EQAS Physical Environment Audit is a detailed evaluation of the workplace infrastructure including workshops, warehouses, offices, yards and traffic areas to determine where hazards and regulation breaches might exist.

   The audit will address matters including:

  • Traffic management

  • Hazard identification

  • Access and egress

  • Ergonomics

  • Fire safety

  • Signage

  • Lighting

  • Storage of materials

  • Safety of machinery and equipment

  • Workers compliance to regulations

   A Physical Environment Audit generally takes two to three weeks. At its conclusion a report is presented which will identify those components of the OH&S system which do not comply and provide guidance to remedy such gaps.