In practical terms, the standard uses a simple model that reflects the widely recognised Plan-Do-Check-Act approach for organisations to identify what steps need to be taken to minimise the risk of harm.
It introduces the concept of risk and opportunity, which may serve to identify areas of improvement and integration of OH&S management system into the organisations’ business processes.
Central to this approach is that senior management take ownership and demonstrate commitment to the implementation of proactive OHS systems.
It also recognises the value of worker involvement and consultation in minimising risk and developing better OHS practices. This increases awareness of hazards and risk, and associated operational controls through information, communication and training.
The standards’ framework audit process is also designed to be flexible enough to apply to all employers, irrespective of size, industry or activity so that its’ principles, relevance and impact will be widespread.