2.9 Occupational Health & Safety

2.9 Occupational Health & Safety

2.9.1 In matters relating to occupational health and safety, the University and its Staff will comply with relevant legislation and statutory requirements. The University will commit sufficient funding to meet OH&S requirements.

Occupational Health and Safety Representatives

2.9.2 The responsibilities of elected health and safety representatives (e.g., participation on occupational health and safety committees) will be taken into account by their Supervisor when determining their workloads.

Returning Injured Staff Back to Work

2.9.3 In matters relating to assisting injured Staff back to work, the University and its Staff will comply with relevant legislation and statutory requirements

Medical Examinations

2.9.4 Where, in the course of their employment, a Staff Member engages in duties that expose them to hazardous substances and materials, and or dangerous work practises the University may require the Staff Member to undergo regular medical examinations and immunisation against infectious diseases. The University will meet the cost of medical assessments required under this Agreement. Medical reports will be provided to the University and relevant Staff.

Provision of Uniforms and Personal Protective Equipment/Clothing

2.9.5 If Staff are required to wear a uniform or protective clothing as part of their employment, this will be provided, maintained, replaced and, where appropriate, laundered or dry cleaned at the expense of the University. Staff will not be paid an allowance instead of being provided with laundry, dry cleaning or replacement of clothing.

2.9.6 The University will supply safety equipment as required under relevant legislation. 

2.9.7 Staff provided with items of clothing or safety equipment will be required to wear or use these items whilst performing the duties for which it has been provided. 

2.9.8 Any clothing provided to Staff will remain the property of the University and must be returned if the Staff Member resigns or their employment is terminated. 

2.9.9 The University will consult with Staff prior to the purchasing or replacement of uniforms and safety equipment.

Staff Amenities and Facilities

2.9.10 The University will maintain rooms for Staff who become ill at work or who are breastfeeding or expressing milk. 

First Aid Officers

2.9.11 First aid officers will be appointed in designated work areas and will be responsible for maintaining first aid facilities, injury records, administering aid to staff and/or students. 

2.9.12 These officers must have an appropriate first aid certificate or equivalent qualification. The University will fund these qualifications where required.

2.9.13 The University will make payment of the first aid allowances set out in Schedule 3 to all appointed First Aid Officers.

Compensation for Loss or Damage to Personal Property

2.9.14 Staff will be compensated for damage sustained to personal property in the course of their employment where the damage occurs:

(a) due to the negligence of the University, another Staff Member, or both, in carrying out their duties; or 

(b) by fire, molten metal or corrosive substances; or 

(c) due to a defect in the University's materials or equipment; or 

(d) by Staff having protected, or tried to protect, the University's property from loss or damage.

Employee Assistance Program

2.9.15 The University will provide short-term counselling assistance for Staff experiencing personal difficulties at work or at home. The University will meet the costs for up to 5 sessions per year for each Staff Member in accordance with University policy. 

Alcohol and Drug Use

2.9.16 The University will, within twelve months of FWA approval of the Agreement, and in conjunction with the MUCC, develop a University Drug & Alcohol policy for Staff. The University recognises that drug and alcohol addictions are health issues and in consultation with the MUCC, will develop University wide strategies to support staff suffering from such addictions. These strategies will aim to minimise the adverse impacts of drug and alcohol on the workplace.

Quit Smoking Initiatives 

2.9.17 The University will provide two Quit Smoking seminars annually for Staff.

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