Release of National Self-Insurer OHS Audit Tool Version 3
The long awaited release of the National Self-Insurer OHS Management System Audit Tool (NAT) Version 3 occurred late last year and is now in use by regulators across the country.
What does this mean for self-insured organisations?
Self-insured organisations need to review their safety management systems against the requirements of the new tool and make necessary changes to ensure compliance. This is particularly important for those organisations with an upcoming regulator audit.
Planning for the introduction of key changes is critical and should include consideration of changes required to documentation, consultation, resources, responsibilities, timeframes, communication of changes and implementation within the organisation.
Summary of key changes
Whilst the audit tool has not changed significantly in structure and layout, there are a number of changes to the wording of criteria and content of the user guide. The slight change may mean that the criteria is asking for something additional, or something different and therefore new evidence may be required to meet the criteria.
A summary of changes is as follows:
Total number of criteria has been revised down to 108 from 114;
Changes in terminology e.g. use of PCBU and workers to align with harmonised legislation;
Slight restructure of criteria between elements and some individual criteria have been combined;
Deletion of some criteria and addition of new criteria; and
Additional requirements established within a number of criteria.
How can Greencap help?
Greencap have experienced, qualified (Exemplar Global) auditors nationwide that can assist in conducting NAT audits for your organisation, preparing for regulator audits and/or updating your safety management system to ensure compliance with the new requirements.
For further information contact Kylie White, National Practice Lead WHS or your local Greencap office.