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What does a WHS Management Plan Include?

A WHS Management Plan is an important legal document that all job sites are required to have. It is also referred to as a Safety Management Plan (SMP).

It can be a long and painful process to complete a WHS Management Plan (WHSMP).  Especially without experience or guidance.  Builder Assist, however, provide WHS Management Plan templates to help you get started.

For a comprehensive overview on what a WHS Management Plan needs to include, read on.

A WHS Management Planis an important legal document that all job sites are required to have.

Every job site has specific checklists and forms required to be filled out daily, weekly, monthly or otherwise. Among other requirements, your WHSMP will include information about these forms and checklists.

 

Every project has unique requirements.  Therefore, at a minimum, there are a number of details that should be included in a WHS Management Plan.  The list below outlines the five categories that are included in a WHSMP.

1. WHS Management Plan - Project Overview

The information included in this category provides an overview of the details of the project.

Anyone onsite during the project should have a thorough understanding of the project itself.  This includes key personnel working on site, risks of the project and more. At a minimum, aim to include the following key information:

Role and Responsibilities: Outline the key personnel, their roles and responsibilities and where they sit in the chain of command.

Risk Assessment: Identify the potential hazards onsite, the risks presented and develop controls to reduce and manage risks.

Project Details & Objectives: Project details may include information about the scope of work, requirements of workers and the targets of the project.  For example, achieving an incident and injury-free project.

Document Control: Outline how your WHS Management Plan will be maintained, updated, stored and accessed throughout the project.

2. Forms & Checklists

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  • Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)
  • Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
  • Workplace Inspection Checklist
  • Plant & Equipment Checklist
  • WHS Management Plan Checklist
  • Employee Induction Checklist
  • Pre-start Checklist

5. Registers & Records

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There's a lot of information to work through when putting together a WHSMP.  The good news is you don’t have to do it alone!  Fortunately, Builder Assist have developed a dedicated WHS Management Plan templates (or Safety Management Plan) for every trade!

If you’re a Principal Contractor looking to ease unnecessary stress in the lead up to a new project, you may want to get your hands on our Builder's WHS Management Plan.

Instant download WHS Management Plan

Not sure what documents and procedures you might need in your trade? No worries! Simply visit Tradespeople Documentation.   Here you can access Builder Assist’s instant downloads of documents and procedures specific to your trade.

You can also view the Work Health & Safety Regulators in your state or territory, by visiting the SafeWork Australia website.