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Sample Health and Safety WHS policies and procedures

What is meant by policies and procedures?

And what is the difference between a policy and a procedure!?

A set of policies can be considered to be a set of company principles, rules, and guidelines that have been carefully created by an individual organization to create safer and more fulfilling workplaces. Policies and procedures are commonly published in a printed, or electronic booklet or another form that is widely accessible by workers.
Policies and procedures are designed to help influence workers in all their major decision making practices and actions, as well as all activities that they conduct on a day to day basis. Procedures are the specific methods employed to express policies in action in day-to-day operations of the organization.

Together, policies and procedures ensure that a point of view held by the governing body of an organization is translated into steps that result in an outcome compatible with that view.

A safe work procedure (SWP) is an integral part of the risk management process as it outlines the hazards, risks and associated controls measures to be applied to ensure the task/activity is conducted in a way to reduce the risk of injury.

In the safety industry, policies and procedures are called many different ways;

– WHS policies and procedures
– OHS policies and procedures
– EHS policies and procedures
– Safety policies and procedures
– ISO 45001 policies and procedures
– AS4801 policies and procedures
– And many more!

 

What are safe work practices?

Safe work practices are generally written methods outlining how to perform a task with minimum risk to people, equipment, materials, environment, and processes.

Safe job procedures are a series of specific steps that guide a worker through a task from start to finish in a chronological order.

 

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