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OHS Policy

WHS Policy &
Procedure Manual
Full WH&S Policy and Procedure Manual is
provided to all Viridis staff as part of induction
and ongoing training.
Written & Prepared by:
WHS Risk Management Consultants
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the State or Territory in which they operate and it is the duty of all to comply with
Government legislation and directives in relation to Work Health and Safety issues whether
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V1 Original: February 2012
Next Review: April 2012
The 6 Steps to Achieving WHS Excellence & Industry
Best Practice
1. Policy & Programmes
A WHS Policy is a statement of the Organisation’s commitment to the health and safety of
A WHS Programme is a plan of how to achieve the goals in the Policy Statement, and this
would include the following procedures & resources in this manual.
2. Consultation
Set up a mechanism for consultation with employees. For example, meetings, WHS
3. Training & Induction
Establish a training and induction plan for all employees, develop an employee manual
(Booklet) containing your Policy Statement, expectations of staff with regard to WHS.
4. Risk Identification & Assessment
Hazards are safety risks which must be detected, and then evaluated for their significance.
This should be ongoing.
5. Risk Control
Hazards (safety risks), once detected and evaluated, should be controlled
6. Promote, Maintain & Improve the WHS Programme
Regular reviews must be undertaken with the aim of continual improvement
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Review Date: April 2012
The purpose of this document is to identify Viridis’s legislative requirements pursuant to the
Work Health & Safety Act 2011, the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2011, and the
applicable Codes of Practice and Australian Standards.
This document sets out all relevant legislation that applies to the different functions of Viridis’s
business and undertakings. AS4801 was used as the framework for this safety system in
conjunction with relevant regulations, codes and standards.
Legislative Obligations
Obligations of persons in control of workplaces (employers, manager I
A person in control of a workplace has the following obligations—
a) to ensure the risk of injury or illness from a workplace is minimised for persons
coming onto the workplace to work;
b) to ensure the risk of injury or illness from any plant or substance provided by
the person for the performance of work by someone other than the person’s
workers is minimised when used properly;
c) to ensure there is appropriate, safe access to and from the workplace for
persons other than the person’s workers.
Obligations of workers and other persons at a workplace
A worker or anyone else at a workplace has the following obligations at a workplace—
to comply with the instructions given for workplace health and safety at the
workplace by the employer at the workplace and any principal contractor for
construction work at the workplace;
for a worker—to use personal protective equipment if the equipment is provided
by the worker’s employer and the worker is properly instructed in its use;
not to wilfully or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided for
workplace health and safety at the workplace;
not to wilfully place at risk the workplace health and safety of any person at the
not to wilfully injure himself or herself.
Principal contractors, Clients and others such as Manufacturers of Plant also have
obligations and these can be found in the Work Health & Safety Act 2011.
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The purpose of this document is to identify Viridis’s safety and environmental objectives and
targets pursuant to the Workplace Health & Safety Act, the Workplace Health & Safety
Regulations, and the applicable codes and standards.
Viridis will set specific measurable objectives and targets in which they aim to meet annually
to ensure continual improvement & effectiveness of the system.
Annual WHS Management Plan
A WHS Management Plan will be created & reviewed annually and must detail the following:
Specific details on the activities & performance objectives to be undertaken during the
year and the persons responsible
Measurable outcomes (Key Performance Indictors)
Set timeframes,
Dedicated resources
The success of the safety system depends on the commitment from all levels within Viridis.
The overall aim is to provide the safest work environment through elimination or control of
risks. Improving safety outcomes is the focus and requires personal effort and resources by
The following business functions must be included in the Annual WHS Management Plan:
Production/Service Processes
General Management
Human Resources
Research & Development/Information Systems
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Version 1 – February 2012
Copyright © WORKLAW 2012
Review Date: April 2012