OH&S/WHS Manual

The organization should have an appropriate minimum set of policies, procedures and work instructions covering occupational health and safety related matters. They should cover at least the following areas:

1) Site safety:

a) Signage.
b) Fire safety equipment (e.g. fire extinguishers, fire hose reel, sprinkler systems, flash lights).
c) Medical safety (e.g. first aid kit, AED’s).
d) Emergency lighting.

2) General staff wellbeing;

a) Heavy lifting.
b) Indoor air quality.
c) Exposure to electromagnetic fields and other radiation sources.
d) Ergonomics.
e) Adequate lighting.
f) Noise in the workplace.
g) Fire risk assessment.
h) Trip hazard.
i) Disability access.
j) Medical test.
k) PPE – Personal Protective Equipment.
l) Mail/goods handling.

3) Use of equipment and tools:

a) Safe use of equipment and tools.
b) Arc flash studies.
c) Calibration.
d) Testing of equipment.
e) Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) procedures.

4) Emergencies:

a) Fire.
b) Power black-out.
c) Medical.
d) Pandemic.
e) Unrest (e.g. strike/industrial action, demonstrations).

The descriptions in the manual should be short, to the point and concise to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of its usage.

The list above serves as an example as such the organization should perform a thorough safety risk assessment in order to determine the applicable areas under scope which should include location specific safety risks (e.g. earthquake).