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Having a clear set of occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures not only provides direction on what is expected in the workplace, but also how these expectations will be achieved to keep a workplace safe.

OHS policies

An occupational health and safety policy is a statement that communicates an organisation’s commitment to OHS. For information on OHS policies, please refer to our OHS Policy page.

OHS procedures

A procedure is a tool explaining the step-by-step process of how a task can be done safely. Developing procedures must be a consultative process between employers and employees. OHS documentation should always be kept up to date and easily accessible. The number and type of procedures required for a workplace will differ based on the type of tasks undertaken and the level of risk. Common OHS procedures include:

  • Resolving work health and safety (WHS) issues
  • Consulting with workers on WHS
  • Monitoring workers’ health and workplace conditions
  • Providing information and training

WorkSafe Victoria states that procedures should be in writing to provide clarity and certainty in the workplace and demonstrate compliance with the relevant Act in that jurisdiction. Roles of health and safety representatives, and any other workers involved in the procedure, should also be clearly defined.

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