Safety Management Systems

smsA Safety Management System (SMS) provides a systematic way to identify hazards and control risks while maintaining assurance that these risk controls are effective.

There are three imperatives for adopting a safety management system for a business – these are ethical, legal and financial.

There is an implied moral obligation placed on an employer to ensure that work activities and the place of work to be safe, there are legislative requirements defined in just about every jurisdiction on how this is to be achieved and there is a substantial body of research which shows that effective safety management (which is the reduction of risk in the workplace) can reduce the financial exposure of an organisation by reducing direct and indirect costs associated with accident and incidents.

To address these three important elements, an effective SMS should:

  • Define how the organisation is set up to manage risk.
  • Identify workplace risk and implement suitable controls.
  • Implement effective communications across all levels of the organisation.
  • Implement a process to identify and correct non-conformities.
  • Implement a continual improvement process.

A Safety Management System can be created to fit any business type and/or industry sector.