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WHS Policy & Intent 

Supply evidence of policy stating organisation commitment to Work Health & Safety. A WHS Policy states management's intention to provide a safe and healthy workplace, and states the health and safety objectives and targets. It should also demonstrate the employer's acknowledgement of their legal duties and their intention to comply with those duties. This includes having the policy signed by the director of the company. The policy needs to be current and reflect the organisation current practices and meeting the requirements stated in AS/NZS 4801:2001 Sec 4.2.

There shall be an occupational health and safety policy authorized by the organization’s top management, that clearly states overall OHS objectives and demonstrates a commitment to improving OHS performance.

The policy shall:

(a) be appropriate to the nature and scale of the organization’s risks;

(b) include the commitment to establish measurable objectives and targets to ensure continued improvement aimed at elimination of work-related injury and illness;

(c) include a commitment to comply with relevant OHS legislation and with other requirements placed upon the organization or to which the organization subscribes;

(d) be documented, implemented, maintained and communicated to all employees;

(e) be available to interested parties; and

(f) be reviewed periodically to ensure it remains relevant and appropriate to the organization.


Assessment Category

Assessment Detail

Fully Compliant

WHS Policy that meets all the requirements stated in AS/NZS 4801:2001 Sec 4.2

Adequately Compliant

WHS Policy that meets all but one of the requirements stated in AS/NZS 4801:2001 Sec 4.2 and may not be signed or dated by top management.

Partially Compliant

WHS Policy that may meet some of the requirements stated in AS/NZS 4801:2001 Sec 4.2

Not Compliant

No evidence sighted of WHS Policy.



 Example: WHS Policy - Sole Trader


 Example: WHS Policy – General Organisation

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