What is Workplace Health and Safety?

  • Workplace health and safety is the management of risk to the health and safety of everyone in your workplace

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Workplace Health and Safety

Workplace health and safety is everyone's responsibility. 

  • Health and safety at work requires the implementation of strategies to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation


Strategies to manage risks to the health and safety of workers would include:


  • Keep track of changes in health and safety legislation

  • Engage a safety business partner that offers a health and safety advisory service

  • Ensure workers implement safety procedures in the workplace

  • Schedule workplace audits and inspections as evidence of compliance with WHS legislation

  • Monitoring compliance in the workplace and implementing risk controls

Health and Safety Business Partner

Workplace Health and Safety are continually improving the standard of our work health and safety services. 


  • As such, we monitor health and safety legislation changes, ensuring you get the correct health and safety advice and risk management tools to manage risk.


Workplace Health and Safety has implemented risk management strategies for business safety across the following industries: 


  • Agriculture 

  • Construction 

  • Forestry 

  • Manufacturing 

  • Mechanical and electrical engineering 

  • Mining 

  • Manufacturing

  • Public Service

  • Transport

  • Utilities

WHS for Small Business

Health and safety for small businesses can be a minefield.


  • A PCBU or person conducting a business, e.g. sole trader, must ensure the health and safety of workers and other persons as far as is reasonably practicable.


Workplace Health and Safety offer health and safety advice for small businesses and the correct safety documents.


Click here to find out more about Workplace Health and Safety and how we can help you.

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Safe Work Method Statement SWMS

A SWMS document outlines the high risk construction work activities to be performed at a workplace, identifies the hazards arising from these activities, and the control measures to be implemented to control risks.

What Type of Work Legally Requires a SWMS?

PCBUs must prepare a SWMS for high risk construction work.


  • Safe work method statements are required for the 18 high risk construction work activities as defined in the SWMS legislation

Purpose of Safe Work Method Statement

The purpose of a SWMS is to set out the high risk work activities for a high risk construction work activity in a logical sequence and:



  • Identify hazards with the high risk construction work (HRCW)

  • Assess risks for high risk activities in construction

  • Implement control measures to eliminate, reduce isolate, control the risk to health and safety

  • Monitor and review the effectiveness of control measures for compliance with swms

SWMS Compliance

PCBUs undertaking high risk construction work HRCW must develop and implement arrangements for health and safety to ensure work is carried out in compliance with SWMS.


If work is not carried out pursuant to the SWMS for high risk construction work, the PCBU must:


  • Direct work to stop as soon as reasonably practicable without risk to health and safety

  • Not resume work or direct work to resume unless in compliance with the safe work method statement

  • Review SWMS for WHS non compliance, e.g. lack of safe work procedures and amend SWMS

  • Not commence work or cause work to begin unless the principal contractor has been provided with a copy of the SWMS

SWMS Preparation

The task of preparing a SWMS can be daunting.


  • Let the SWMS consultant who prepares SWMS help you with your SWMS needs as we know what is required in a SWMS.


Click here to find out how Workplace Health and Safety can assist you with SWMS templates.

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Standard Operating Procedures SOPs

A SOPs document is a set of step-by-step safe work instructions on performing routine operational tasks, e.g. using power tools.


  • SOPs aim to achieve efficiency, performance quality, uniformity and facilitate worker training in standard operating procedures while reducing miscommunication and failure to comply with SOP regulations

Why do You Need SOPs?

Standard operating procedures provide workers with safe work instructions and standardized work procedures that result in:


  • Consistency and standardized processes

  • Replicate WHS processes

  • Strategies to improve performance of employees 

  • Increase productivity in the workplace

  • Business continuity

  • Improve performance management

SOP Compliance

Standard operating procedures are health and safety instructions that denote how a PCBU implements workplace policies for health and safety.


  • Health and safety policies explain how persons conducting a business or undertaking shall manage health and safety


SOPs and work instructions provide health and safety advice for employees and are fundamental for:


  • Job descriptions

  • Measuring effectiveness of training

  • Operational standards of performance

  • Employee accountability

Preparing SOP

SOPs are specific to a process, and the task of preparing an SOP can be frustrating. 


  • Let the SOP consultant who writes SOPs help you with your SOP needs as we know what should be included in a SOP


Click here to find out how Workplace Health and Safety can assist you with standard operating procedures templates.

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WHS Systems

Work health and safety management systems provide PCBUs with health and safety policies, safety procedures and instructions to systematically manage health and safety at work to minimise the risk of injury and illness from workplace operations.

What are the 5 Elements of Safety?

Key elements of a health and safety management system


  • Commitment to implementation and continuous improvement of health and safety policies in the workplace

  • Assign responsibility for health and safety in the workplace per health and safety aims and objectives of the health and safety management system

  • Implementation of safety management system to achieve the objectives of safety and health in the workplace

  • Measuring and reporting on work health and safety against safety management system standards with a recommendation to improve health and safety in the workplace

  • Auditing safety management systems to review workplace policies, procedures and protocols for safety management system continuous improvement

Benefits of a Safety Management System

Benefits of a health and safety management system are


  • Comply with WHS legislation requirements and standards for WHS management systems

  • Create and maintain a safe workplace

  • Improve workplace safety culture

  • Increase productivity at work

  • Improve your bottom line

Safety Management Systems for Small Business

Contractors working on site should have a small business safety management system or subby pack for practical safety management and compliance with OHS legislation.

How to Develop a Safety Management System

Developing a health and safety management system that complies with WHS system requirements can be time-consuming. 


  • Workplace Health and Safety are safety management system consultants who know what a WHS management system must include


Click here to find out how Workplace Health and Safety can assist you with your safety management system requirements.

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COVID Workplace Safety

Every workplace must have a WHS COVID safe plan to help protect workers health and safety and that of other persons, e.g. customers and visitors.


  • A COVID safe plan for workplaces and premises assesses the work health and safety risks from COVID 19 and puts COVID 19 risk control measures in place to manage those risks

Work Health and Safety COVID Plan

COVID safe plan for businesses using the COVID 19 safety plan template provides a PCBU with health and safety COVID guidelines to plan and prepare to operate safely and manage work health and safety risks from the COVID epidemic.

COVID and Risk Assessment   

PCBU's can use the COVID 19 risk assessment template to conduct a 5 step COVID risk assessment for assessing the risk of COVID to the workers and others at the workplace.


  • Identify the hazards and risks of COVID per the COVID 19 risk assessment procedure and risk assessment practices

  • Assess the risk of COVID at the workplace and those who are at higher risk of getting COVID as per COVID safety requirements

  • Implement controls for minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 per the COVID hierarchy of controls

  • Monitor COVID 19 and conduct a COVID risk assessment review to keep workers safe and stop the spread of COVID 19

  • Record COVID risk assessment findings per the required COVID risk assessment records, e.g. COVID risk register, COVID-19 hazards form

COVID 19 Health and Safety Compliance

COVID documentation such as a COVID plan and COVID risk assessment provides the person conducting the business or undertaking with COVID workplace safety guidelines.


Need COVID safety plan help?


  • Let the COVID health and safety consultants help you with your COVID health and safety needs as we know how to write a COVID safe plan

WHS Testimonials

“Very comprehensive, a lot of companies call this type of document a JSA "job safety analysis". Normally we only see something as comprehensive as your document when somebody has been injured".


Health and Safety Inspector, Workplace Health and Safety Qld.