What is a safety management system?

Broadly speaking, a Safety Management System (SMS) is a structured process for identifying and managing safety risks in your business.

What are the key elements?

In most cases, a SMS will contain the following core elements*-

  • Safety vision, policy and principles.
  • Roles & responsibilities.
  • Management commitment to safety.
  • Risk management.
  • Learning and development.
  • Incident Investigation.
  • Safety organisation structure.
  • Safety Interactions and audit processes.
  • Performance management.
  • Emergency Response.
  • Contractor safety Management.
  • WHS Planning.

*Industries that operate in particular hazardous environments (oil & gas, mining, aviation, marine, chemical plants etc.) will require additional elementsĀ and the support of safety consultants.

How do we develop an SMS?

There are five cyclic steps to an effective SMS –

  1. Senior management commitment is the driver
  2. It takes good planning
  3. Effective Implementation
  4. Audit and evaluation
  5. Continuous improvement

How do we get started?

Contact BWC Safety and we will arrange for a preliminary review of your safety management system so that we can advise on your next steps.