NSW Government Work Health & Safety Management Systems (WHSMS) Guidelines (Edition 5)
Sets out the criteria for the minimum requirements of a Corporate WHSMS, as required to undertake construction and infrastructure projects (for all contracts valued at $1million or more) for NSW Government agencies.
The Guidelines have been developed to enable NSW Government agencies which undertake construction and infrastructure projects to work with the construction industry in a manner that:
- Continually improves health and safety for all stakeholders
- Provides a consistent minimum standard across all NSW construction and infrastructure projects
- Facilitates a systematic approach to safety management
Improves planning and reduces accidents
Supports all stakeholders in demonstrating they are meeting their obligations under WHS legislation.
Something you should know…
If your business is already Accredited (or working towards Accreditation) under the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme (Office of the Federal Safety Commission), this is deemed to comply with the requirements of the NSW Government WHS Management System Guidelines (Edition 5), and you don’t need this separate Certification to the Guidelines.
What are the benefits of
this Standard for your business?
A SAFER WORKPLACE
Systematic reduction or elimination of safety risks
Less accidents or incidents means less downtime
INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY & EFFICIENCY
Via improved planning
GREATER COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
Your Certification to the Guidelines could be the point of difference that wins you your next contract, improving the perception your marketplace has of your business
WIDER MARKET POTENTIAL
Now that you qualify to tender for projects for NSW Government agencies with a contract value of $1million or more
Certification requirements demonstrate workers are competent to conduct the tasks they’re performing and legal and regulatory requirements are being met and continually monitored
What types of businesses will benefit from Certification to the NSW Govt WHSMS Standard?
The main reason for Certification to the Guidelines is to enable your business to tender for and work on construction and infrastructure projects, with a contract value of $1million or more, for NSW Government agencies.
A few examples of the types of businesses who’d be tendering to work on these projects are:
- General Waste Removal
- Hazardous Waste Removal
- Civil Construction
- Traffic Control
- Plumbing and Drainage
- And more
How the Certification Process Works
Firstly, we’ll work with you to determine exactly which Standards and Certifications are right for your business, what you want to achieve out of the process for your business, and identify any deadlines you need to achieve Certifications by. This is your chance to get all your questions answered!
Then we’ll go through with you what you already have in place and how effective you think it is, and what you’d like to see change. Depending on what you already have, the next step might be a Gap Analysis against the requirements of the Standard – this will give us a to-do list of what needs to be done before commencing the formal Certification process.
When it’s time for your Certification Audit, it’s conducted in two stages:
Stage 1 (Readiness Review) is a full review of your business processes and documented information to ensure all requirements of the Standard (relevant to your business) have been addressed.
Stage 2 (Certification Audit) is an assessment conducted at your office (and project sites, if applicable) to ensure that you actually do what your processes and documented information say you do.
All Certifications run on a three-year cycle, usually with audits 12 months apart, so, this initial audit process is then followed by:
Year 2: Surveillance Audit
Year 3: Surveillance Audit
Then we start again with a Triennial Audit, followed by two annual Surveillance Audits, and the cycle continues…
How We Can Help
Your personal Account Manager gets to know you, your business, and what you need to achieve out of your systems and your Certifications.
We take care of the whole process for you, answer all your questions and adjust our services to suit your resources and your individual business needs. We’ll be there for you to coach you through the preparation, through the audits and ongoing.
We assist in selecting your Conformity Assessment Body to ensure they have the appropriate knowledge of your industry to ensure you achieve the certification.
We understand that every business is unique – we want this to be a meaningful and value-adding process for you.
Your next step
Call us now on 1300-614-007 to get started.
We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, or
provide an obligation-free consultation.