The Pain of managing WHS Compliance
WHS management systems have now reached a point where the redesign of management
system components and strategies to drive the system is made possible by the advancement of
cloud (digital) technology.
History has shown that any system or product reaches a viable stage of development where it
cannot be improved anymore. Improvement of a product or system is based on small
incremental changes to improve the performance or acceptance of the original design. The
limiting factor is how far the original design can be improved before going back to the drawing
board to design a new product or system.
What we know
The system was started to build our WHS solution around existing practices and found that when
matched to the relevant requirements of the 2011 legislation it was realized that the key to
developing an effective WHS management system (enable compliance) required a total rethink.
The criteria was simple, “develop a system that could make it easy for a business to transform
inputs (policies and procedures) into outcomes.” The new system and tools had to empower
workers and produce evidence that would satisfy the courts (compliance) if necessary.
Why has WHS been so confusing?
Paper based WHS management systems cannot serve the current and future needs of business
and governments. These systems focus on the inputs (policies and procedures) and leave a
business stranded with regard to meeting new WHS targets and expectations (outcomes). They
have outlived their role in helping businesses meet their WHS obligations. In fact it can be said
that the only way paper based systems and the associated experts have contributed is to give
WHS a bad reputation within companies and across industries.
The way to demystify WHS is to engage a system and tools that can be supported by
management and used by all workers on a day-to- day basis and be recognized as being a key
function in every job role.