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Work Health and Safety Policy
Purpose:
This Policy defines the principles of the health and safety commitment of the University of Canberra and its approach to the continuous improvement and compliance of health and safety in the workplace.
Scope:
This Policy applies to all workers of the University of Canberra as well as students, affiliates and other visitors unless otherwise agreed.
Principles:
The University will ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable:
  1. the health and safety of workers engaged by the University, and workers whose activities in carrying out work are influenced or directed by the University, while the workers are at the workplace; and
  2. that the health and safety of other persons is not put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of the University.
Implementation
The University will undertake the following activities in fulfilling its commitment to a healthy and safe workplace:
  1. develop, implement and maintain a health and safety management system which includes the requirements of this Policy;
  2. comply with applicable health and safety legislation as well as other requirements such as Codes of Practice or Australian Standards;
  3. implement a health and safety risk management process to ensure workplace hazards are identified, assessed, controlled and reviewed where they are not able to be eliminated;
  4. allocate sufficient financial and physical resources to enable the effective implementation of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Policy;
  5. implement arrangements for the consultation of health and safety matters;
  6. ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable:
    • the provision and maintenance of a work environment without risks to health and safety;
    • the provision and maintenance of safe plant and structures;
    • the provision and maintenance of safe systems of work;
    • the safe use, handling, storage and transport of plant, structures and substances;
    • the provision of adequate facilities for the welfare at work of workers in carrying out work for the business or undertaking, including ensuring access to those facilities;
    • the provision of any information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking; and
    • that the health of workers and the conditions at the workplace are monitored for the purpose of preventing illness or injury of workers arising from the conduct of the business or undertaking.
  7. provide injury management guidelines  to assist staff who sustain a work-related illness or injury in order to support them to achieve a timely, safe and sustainable return to work;
  8. establish measurable objectives and targets for health and safety aimed at the elimination of work-related illness and injury; and
  9. report on measurements and targets to Council, Audit and Risk Management Committee, Senior Management and the Work Health and Safety Management Committee and associated sub committees;
Ensure that the Health and Safety Office and University websites are updated with current legislative and University of Canberra WHS Management System requirements.
Responsibilities:
A high-level summary of key roles and responsibilities in regards to this policy are outlined below.
Who Responsibility
Council The governing body of the University is the Council as set out in the University of Canberra Act 1989 (ACT). University Council has the responsibility to oversee the monitoring of the University’s workplace health and safety performance against objectives and targets.
Vice-Chancellor The Vice-Chancellor has responsibility for, and is committed to, the effective implementation of the University Work Health and Safety Policy.
Senior Executive Senior Executive has primary responsibility and accountability for the implementation of University policies at all levels of the organisation and the overarching responsibility for workplace health and safety.
Managers and Supervisors Understand, promote and comply with health and safety policies, procedures and related work health, safety management system documentation.
Workers Workers include employees, contractors and volunteers working for the University of Canberra. Under the WHS Act, workers must take reasonable care for their own health and safety and take reasonable care that their actions or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of others.
Students/others Students and other persons at the workplace have a duty to take reasonable care for their own health and safety. They also have a duty to take reasonable care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons. They must also comply, so far as they reasonably can, with any reasonable instruction given by the person conducting the business or undertaking to allow the person to comply with the WHS Act.
Human Resources To provide advice regarding specific health and safety matters, update the University on legislative changes and assist with the development, implementation and monitoring of this Policy and the workplace health and safety management system.
Legislation:
  • Work Safety Act 2011 (ACT);
  • Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act)
  • Work Safety Regulations 2011;
  • Dangerous Substance Act 2004; and
  • relevant Codes of Practice, National and Australian Standards.
Definitions:
 Terms Definitions
health Means physical and psychological health
reasonably practicable In relation to a duty to ensure health and safety
worker An individual who carries out work in relation to a business or undertaking, whether for reward or otherwise, under an arrangement with the person conducting the business or undertaking, including work as:
  • an employee; or
  • a contractor or subcontractor; or
  • an employee of a contractor or subcontractor; or
  • an employee of a labour hire company who has been assigned to work in the person’s business or undertaking; or
  • an outworker; or
  • an apprentice or trainee; or
  • a student gaining work experience; or
  • a volunteer; or
  • a person of a prescribed class.