What does an OHS or WHS manager do?

Last updated: 2021-07-13
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The Occupational Health and Safety Manager (OHS or WHS manager) ensures compliance of company processes with legislative requirements in the field of occupational safety and health at the workplace. He or she ensures that the company meets the OHS requirements, that they are translated into company processes by means of directives, work procedures and other documents, and that these processes are properly implemented. He is therefore also in charge of managing health and safety risks and his responsibilities include reporting compliance, dealing with authorities.

Typical job description of an OHS manager

  • monitors changes in OHS requirements
  • prepares reporting on OHS compliance management
  • designs and implements the organisation's OHS compliance programme (processes and regulations)
  • communicates with authorities regarding OHS
  • develops corporate communication on OSH compliance
  • Coordinates and schedules required OSH compliance training
  • Ensures and manages OHS compliance processes
  • Provides OSH training internally
  • Manages corrective and preventive actions resulting from workplace health hazards or violations
  • Responsible for recording and handling workplace accidents