Safety at work
Macquarie University has no appetite to expose any person interacting with the University to harm. As a result, we have a rigorous and integrated approach to supporting the University, its personnel and partners to achieve, whilst protecting all those involved and the environment from harm.
As part of the safety management system, the University recognises and offers specialised guidance and support.
Acknowledging that our people can be globally based, we hold to the NSW Acts as a founding requirement to ensure safe operations for our people and those connected to us.
Our system covers
- role and responsibilities of role duty holders
- consultations and committees
- managing safety risk
Roles and responsibilities
Work Health and Safety Act NSW 2011 defines the following roles as
- conducting a business or undertaking/ employers (PCBU) businesses etc (including government agencies), sole traders, partnerships
- must be a legal entity
- highest level decision makers affecting the PCBU and all of its activities
- Anyone who performs work for a PCBU.
Others (in the workplace)
- eg. visitors, volunteers, partners, public, customers, students, patients.
This is applied to the University as outlined in the table below:
|Council and Executives as Officers under the Act|
|Health and safety representatives|
|Health and safety committees|
|Health and safety team|
To access the draft University Health and Safety policy please visit the Health and Safety Wiki page.
All staff and students are encouraged to review the draft policy and provide feedback to the Health and Safety unit by 7 August 2017.
Consultations and committees
Consultation about health and safety matters is a central requirement of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011. At Macquarie we conducted consultations when:
- analysing safety risk in activities
- proposing changes to operations that may affect the health and safety of the Macquarie community, contractors and the broader public
- decisions about any health and safety procedures
- the adequacy of facilities for the welfare of Macquarie community, contractors and members of the public.
Central forums for consultation are the health and safety committees within the University. There are three tiers across the University group.
For further information on the terms of references and minutes please click here.
Training is essential in providing you with the skills and knowledge to act safely. The University offers:
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As part of the safety management system, the University recognises and offers specialised guidance and support in the following categories:
- reacting to an incident
- emergency management
- health monitoring
- individual health needs
- psychosocial safety
- event management
- research safety
- PACE and fieldwork
- hazardous materials
- contractor safety
- manual handling, ergonomics and office based safety
- incidents and hazard management
- return to work
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Health and safety induction
We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all the employees undertaking work for the University.
Emergencies are situations where there is an immediate threat to the safety of people and property that require immediate attention.
You can find first aid support and supplies at first aid centres, in first aid kits, or from staff who have had first aid training.
Managing safety risk
We take a structured approach to assessing any safety risks that may impact a person's health and wellbeing.
Concerning and threatening behaviour
We take the wellbeing of staff very seriously. Should you feel concerned or threatened at any time there are a number of ways you can report this.
Training for staff in health and safety is an essential part of identifying and managing safety issues. Health and safety training is provided to all staff at a general level through inductions and foundation packs.