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Based on AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems – Specification with guidance for use and following the guidelines of AS/NZS 4804:2001

What is AS4801?

“This standard (AS 4801) establishes an audit framework principally for use by third party bodies that have been asked by an organisation to conduct an independent audit of the organisation’s OHSMS. The framework can also be used as a reference point for internal auditing procedures.” (from the Foreword of the standard). An Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) is defined in AS 4801:2000 as: “that part of the overall management system which includes organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing and maintaining the OHS policy, and so managing the OHS risks associated with the business of the organization.” Our Engineers are certified by the RABQSA International as auditors of OHS Management Systems. To maintain independence, consultants cannot audit OHS management systems that they helped establish (within the previous five years).

“Some organisations may also use independent third party assurances that an organisation they are proposing to do business with has effective systems in place to control their OHS.” (from the Foreword of the standard). If your clients are demanding proof that you have an effective OHS programme, an AS 4801 audit report can provide them with excellent verification. Head contractors are required to hold accreditation in order to enter into Australian Government directly and indirectly funded building and construction contracts, subject to certain thresholds. Applicants for accreditation are required to have an OHS Management System that is certified to Australian Standard 4801 or OHSAS 18001. Evidence of certification to AS 4801 or evidence from a third party that the OHS management is equivalent to AS 4801 is a mandatory requirement for provisional accreditation. AS/NZS 4804:1997 – Occupational health and safety management systems – General guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques Provides guidance on the development and implementation of occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) and principles, and their integration with other management systems. The guidelines are intended for use as a voluntary, internal management tool and are not intended for use by OHSMS certification/registration bodies as a specification Standard. This Standard aligns closely with AS/NZS 4801:2001.

We can help you develop your OHSMS to AS4801, conduct AS 4801 audits, or provide advice and assistance in preparing for an audit to this standard. We have experienced consultants in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.


Barry Spud

Barry Spud

Safety Crusader, Zero Harm Zealot and Compliance Controller at Everything Safety
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What is a Safety Spud? Lets look at a few more spud head activities in risk and safety: 1. Coming on to site saying there is a safety issue when in fact there’s no such thing, it’s a political issue. 2. ‘Falling apart’ when people make choices that we think are stupid because they won’t do as we ‘tell’ them. Then we put on the angry face and think that overpowering others creates ownership. 3. Putting on the zero harm face, presenting statistics, knowing it has nothing to do with culture, risk or safety. 4. Putting on the superman (hazardman) suit and pretending to be the saviour of everything, this is good spud head cynic stuff. 5. Thinking that everyone else is a spud head except me. 6. Thinking there’s such a thing as ‘common’ sense and using such mythology to blame and label others. 7. Accepting safety policies and processes that dehumanize others. 8. Blaming, ego-seeking, grandstanding and territory protecting behind the mask of safety. 9. Thinking that risk and safety is simple when in fact it is a wicked problem. Denying complexity and putting your spud head in the sand. 10. Continually repeating the nonsense language and discourse of risk aversion that misdirect people about risk, safety, learning and imagination.

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