Health and Safety

Health and Safety

SUMMARY

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.

Note: This Policy is currently Under Review. For further information see Safety at work. A consultative draft of the proposed new Health and Safety Policy is available here.

POLICY

PurposeTo document Macquarie University’s policy on health and safety.

Overview

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.
ScopeThis 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).

Policy

Macquarie University and its officers are committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff, students, contractors and visitors by:
  • providing and maintaining a work environment without risks to health and safety
  • providing and maintaining safe plant and structures, and safe systems of work
  • ensuring the safe use, handling, and storage of plant, structures and substances
  • providing adequate facilities for the welfare of workers in carrying out work for the University, including ensuring access to those facilities
  • providing information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out at the University
  • monitoring the health of workers and the conditions at the workplace for the purpose of preventing illness or injury of workers
  • increasing awareness of workplace safety
  • eliminating risks to health and safety and reducing hazards that could result in injury or ill health
  • responding to emergency events, and
  • implementing initiatives aimed at improving staff and student welfare.

Therefore, Macquarie University will:

PLAN
Comply with the WHS legislation and all other applicable legislation, relevant Codes of Practice, and Australian and international standards.

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.

RESOURCE
Provide adequate resources and finances to ensure that the University is able to discharge its WHS responsibilities.

Appoint appropriate levels of emergency personnel, including Emergency Wardens and First Aid Officers.

TRAIN
Provide adequate WHS induction, training, information, instruction and supervision for staff, students, and contractors.

DOCUMENT
Prepare a Health and Safety Plan for the University and its controlled entities.

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:
  • undertaking risk management activities to identify, eliminate and/or manage hazards in the workplace
  • ensuring that an appropriate level of maintenance/repair of buildings, physical structures, gardens, paths and roadways is implemented
  • ensuring that all WHS standards are met in the design, construction and refurbishment of buildings and other spaces
  • providing, monitoring and maintaining safe systems in the use, handling, storage and transportation of plant and equipment and hazardous substances
  • ensuring the safety of staff and students in the use, storage, handling or transporting of dangerous goods or hazardous substances
  • ensuring that all research activities are conducted in compliance with this Health and Safety Policy, applicable schedules, procedures and guidelines, relevant legislation and applicable codes of practice/standards
  • forbidding the possession, carriage or use of a prohibited weapon on campus
  • providing appropriate first aid facilities and resources (including trained First Aid Officers and payment of an allowance in accordance with the Macquarie University Enterprise Agreement)
  • implementing a health management program for all staff who may be exposed to health risks in the course of their employment, and
  • providing access to vaccinations/immunisations for staff and students who may be exposed to infectious and/or vaccine preventable diseases in the course of their employment or study.

CONSULT
Establish a system for Health and Safety Representatives in accordance with the WHS legislation and applicable Codes of Practice.

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:
  • duty to provide a safe work and study environment, and
  • WHS responsibilities.

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
Undertake regular audits (internal and external) to assess the effectiveness of WHS at the University.

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).

Policy Information

Contact OfficerManager, Health and Safety, Human Resources
Date Approved31 October 2012
Approval AuthorityDirector, Human Resources
Date of Commencement31 October 2012
Amendment History14 May 2015 – added Death of a Student or Staff Member Procedure
Date for Next ReviewOctober 2015
Related Documents

Emergency Management Plan
Health and Safety – Online Reporting System
Macquarie University Enterprise Agreement
Death of a Student or Staff Member Procedure

Legislation
Work Health and Safety Act (NSW) 2011
Work Health and Safety Regulation (NSW) 2011

Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 (NSW), Schedule 1
Policies / Rules Superseded by this Policy

Occupational Health and Safety Policy approved 9 May 2012

KeywordsWork, Health, Safety, WHS
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