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WHS Guidelines

WHS Guidelines

The Work Health & Safety (WHS) Guidelines for the Wine Industry in South Australia (“the Guidelines”) were developed to provide employers involved in wine grape growing and/or in the production of wine and brandy with the industry specific information and tools needed to plan, implement and review an effective WHS system to assist compliance with the WHS Act and Regulations applying within South Australia.

Structure of the Guidelines

The Guidelines is divided into eight (8) major parts.

PARTS 1-4

Parts 1-4 provide information about a wide range of WHS issues relevant to vineyards and the various operations within wineries.

Each document provides information about “What must be done” to meet the relevant WHS legislation and practical advice on “How to do it”, and a “Checklist” which can be used as a quick summary or as an audit on the areas that need to be addressed.

PART 5

This part includes sample WHS policies to assist companies develop their own documents. The sample policies included are not an exhaustive list but do cover some of the major issues that require a policy. An individual company may identify other issues for which policies also should be developed.

PART 6

This part includes a small number of sample Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Each company will need to identify the full range of equipment used and hazardous tasks performed and develop specific SOP’s for each of these.

PART 7

Includes a number of sample forms required to implement the sample policies and SOPs included in Parts 5 and 6.

PART 8

Includes an audit tool that a company can use to identify where a site is compliant with the WHS Act and Regulations. By identifying the ‘gaps’ it will allow a company to document an ‘action plan’ that can be prioritised according to the level of risk. This audit document is a useful starting point and is also useful to undertake the audit at regular intervals to check site WHS compliance.