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A workplace health and safety management system is a set of policies, procedures and plans that systematically manages health and safety at work with the aim of minimising the risk of injury and illness from workplace operations. Altius Group provides risk analysis and implementation plans to enhance existing systems or to assist in the development of a WHS management system from the beginning.

Development & Support

Our safety systems ensure legislative compliance and provide a safer working environment for employees. The system may be paper-based or in the form of compliance management software, such as AltiusWHS.

We work with businesses large and small, across all industries, to support the development and/or continual improvement of their safety management system. Our services are scalable to suit your needs.

Our WHS consultants:

  • help businesses comply with WHS legislation and regulations.
  • ensure the contents of safety documentation within the system are managed on an ongoing basis.
  • ensure your management system is effective in protecting people from harm.
  • check that the system includes mechanisms to continually improve using feedback.
  • help businesses to integrate their WHS system with other management systems.
  • make sure the system is working to strengthen corporate culture and demonstrate due diligence.

Why You Need a WHS Management System

Establishing a Work Health and Safety Management System helps a workplace to meet its duties and responsibilities under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

The Australian standard ISO 45001:2018 specifies the conditions for a workplace health and safety system. ISO 45001 is an International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) for management systems of Occupational Health and Safety / WHS, with updates published in 2018, creating ISO 45001:2018.  

Altius Group Consultants Bring Legislative Knowledge

Altius Group WHS consultants are knowledgeable on the latest WHS/OHS legislation and safety system requirements as laid out in ISO 45001:2018.

Our consultants compare the intent behind each element in the Australian standard with the management practices and procedures already used as part of an organisation’s health and safety framework.

Altius Group WHS consultants are made up of senior team members who hold allied health qualifications, WHS knowledge and several years’ experience in workplace health and safety and navigating the complexities of workers compensation schemes.

Safety System Development and Implementation

Our consultants are able to work with businesses preferring a paper-based framework to improve on their existing safety system. This support may include, for example:

  • updating existing policies and procedures or writing a Health and Safety Policy.
  • preparing Safe Work Procedures for work tasks or safety manuals.
  • providing WHS training to workers or in-house WHS representatives, through tailored face-to-face sessions or for on-line delivery.
  • consulting on how to incorporate management of specific hazards or risks into a safety management plan.

For those wanting to move to a fully automated safety management system, our WHS consultants work with businesses, small and large, to onboard them to WHS Compliance Management Software – AltiusWHS.

AltiusWHS moves your safety system to a cloud-based platform, making it simple to comply with WHS obligations. Responsive design means AltiusWHS Compliance Management Software can be accessed easily via laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile. We work with organisations to tailor the software to incorporate industry specific information, tools and frameworks for optimal WHS outcomes.


What is a WHS Management System?

A WHS Management System includes:

  • a well thought out set of policies and procedures to meet current legislation and the health and safety needs unique to your workplace.
  • details of how these safety measures will be achieved.
  • details of how safety documentation will be managed.
  • systems for feedback on safety for continuous improvement.
  • integration with other management systems.

What makes a good Work Health and Safety Management System?

Safe Work Australia’s paper, “Health and Safety Management Systems - An Analysis of System Types and Effectiveness”, reported that the cases with more highly developed health and safety management systems are found to share a range of key distinguishing characteristics, they:

  • Have senior managers taking an active role in health and safety.
  • Encourage supervisor involvement in health and safety.
  • Have health and safety representatives who are actively and broadly involved in health and safety management system activity.
  • Have effective health and safety committees.
  • Have a planned approach to hazard identification and risk assessment.
  • Give high priority and consistent attention to control of hazards at source.
  • Have a comprehensive approach to workplace inspections and incident investigations.