Health and Safety
The Health and Safety Policy establishes the University's commitment to the principles and practices of workplace health and safety (WHS) as detailed in the WHS legislation, relevant Codes of Practice, and Australian and international standards.
|Purpose||To document Macquarie University’s policy on health and safety.|
The health and safety of staff, students, contractors and visitors is of paramount importance to Macquarie University.
The University has a responsibility under the Work Health and Safety Act (NSW) 2011, the Work Health and Safety Regulation (NSW) 2011 (together the WHS legislation) to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of its staff, students, contractors and visitors. Officers of the University must also exercise due diligence to ensure that the University complies with its obligations under the WHS Act.This Policy confirms these statements and outlines the commitment of the University to the principles and practices of workplace health and safety (WHS) as detailed in the WHS legislation, relevant Codes of Practice, and Australian and international standards.
|Scope||This Policy applies to staff and students, contractors and visitors of Macquarie University and its controlled entities. This Policy applies to all areas and campuses of Macquarie University (or properties of its controlled entities).|
|Macquarie University and its officers are committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff, students, contractors and visitors by:
Therefore, Macquarie University will:
Maintain an Emergency Management Plan which outlines the responsibilities, governance, facilities, resources and activities required to manage emergencies.
Implement a regime of regular building evacuation exercises.
Implement and maintain a contractor safety management system.
Appoint appropriate levels of emergency personnel, including Emergency Wardens and First Aid Officers.
Establish policies, schedules, procedures and guidelines for the effective operation of the WHS system.
Implement a central system of data and document management as required by the WHS legislation, relevant Codes of Practice and applicable Australian and international standards.IMPLEMENT
Provide a safe and healthy work and study environment by:
Develop a schedule of obligations and responsibilities for all members of the University community.
Establish a direct line of reporting for all WHS issues.
Identify and raise awareness of workplace health and safety issues with staff and students.Communicate with staff and students about their:
Consult with staff and students on decisions that have an impact (or the potential to impact) their health and safety.
Consult with staff regarding the effectiveness of the University’s WHS management systems.
REVIEW AND REPORT
Conduct an agreed schedule of workplace inspections across the University.
Undertake audits and inspections to ensure that scheduled WHS activities occur.
Provide regular reports on progress towards the health and safety performance targets outlined in the University’s Health and Safety Plan.
Implement a system to ensure all incidents, accidents, near-misses and hazards that occur on a Macquarie University campus are reported via the University’s online health and safety reporting system.COMPLIANCE AND BREACHES
The University may commence applicable disciplinary procedures if a person to whom this policy applies breaches this policy (or any of its related procedures).
|Contact Officer||Manager, Health and Safety, Human Resources|
|Date Approved||31 October 2012|
|Approval Authority||Director, Human Resources|
|Date of Commencement||31 October 2012|
|Amendment History||14 May 2015 – added Death of a Student or Staff Member Procedure|
|Date for Next Review||October 2015|
|Related Documents||Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 (NSW), Schedule 1|
|Policies / Rules Superseded by this Policy|
Occupational Health and Safety Policy approved 9 May 2012
|Keywords||Work, Health, Safety, WHS|