Writing Safe Work Procedure
The Writing Safe Work Procedure Guideline provides University staff with guidance in order to comply with the Work Health and Safety Act (2011) and Work Health & Safety Regulation (2011) in regard to the writing of Safe Work Procedures.
|Purpose||The purpose of this guideline is to assist the University to comply with the Work Health and Safety Act (2011) and Work Health & Safety Regulation (2011) in regard to the writing of Safe Work Procedures.|
This guideline applies to all staff, students and visiting researchers of Macquarie University and its controlled entities.
Health & Safety Representative (HSR): a staff member who represents workers in health and safety matters, through ongoing consultation and cooperation between workers of a work group and an employer.
Safe Work Procedure (SWP): a working risk-control document that describes the safest and most efficient way to perform a certain task / activity. The procedure generally lists the associated hazards involved in performing a task / activity, what personal protective equipment is required, and the steps involved to complete the task / activity without incident. SWP’s must be developed in consultation with the staff/students undertaking the work/process who have a sound knowledge and hands on experience to allow for all hazards and controls to be appropriately identified. Where possible, the workgroup’s HSR is to be involved in the development of the SWP.
WRITING SAFE WORK PROCEDURES
Once the hazards have been identified, appropriate controls (elimination, substitution, isolation or engineering) should be considered and applied. SWP’s should only be considered where more reliable controls are not practicable (elimination, substitution, engineering controls, isolation) or to compliment other control measures, eg selection and use of Personal Protective Equipment.
STEPS TO DEVELOPING SWP
Review any legislative requirements
Where a task/activity uses any hazardous substance/s or dangerous good/s the SWP must reference the relevant Safety Data Sheet for each hazardous substance or dangerous good used.
Outline the sequence of steps
For each step identify what has potential to cause injury, disease or damage
Identify ways to eliminate and control the hazards
Test the procedure
Monitor and review
The use of photographs, tables, charts and diagrams with a SWP may be helpful in providing relevant information, however, should be used sparingly and only if easily understandable.
SWP’s are to be written in simple plain English, and be kept to 1 to 2 pages in length where possible.DISPLAY
All SWP’s must be displayed in a prominent place, preferably as close to the location of the machinery or task / activity being performed.
|Contact Officer||Manager, Health & Safety|
|Date Approved||27 November 2012|
Vice-President People and Services
|Date of Commencement||27 November 2012|
27 March 2020 – Approval Authority updated to Vice-President People and Services in accordance with University Delegations of Authority.
9 August 2019 - Updated Approval Authority from Manager, Health and Safety to Vice-President, University Services and Strategy in accordance with responsibilities per Delegations of Authority Register.
|Date for Next Review||November 2015|
Work Health and Safety Act (NSW) 2011
Work Health and Safety Regulation (NSW) 2011
|Keywords||Safe work procedures; SWP’s|