Work, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy

  1. Background
  2. Purpose
  3. Application
  4. Policy Statement
  5. Roles and Responsibilities
    5.1 All Staff and Students
    5.2 Officers of the University (Members of the Senior Executive, Executive, Senior Staff and Managers)
    5.3 ACU Work Health and Safety (WHS) Committees
    5.4 ACU WHS Reference Group
    5.5 Health and Safety Representatives (HSR)
    5.6 Contractors
  6. Further Assistance
  7. Definitions

1. Background

Australian Catholic University (ACU) operates under harmonised work health and safety laws in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 in Victoria.

2. Purpose

Articulate ACU's commitment to provide a safe working and learning environment, and enhancing the well-being of the University community.

3. Application

The policy applies to all staff members, students, visitors, volunteers and contractors within the "workplace" or participating in University-related activities across the world.

4. Policy Statement

The University is committed to:

  • providing its people with a welcoming, safe and healthy working and learning environment;
  • continuously improving its health and safety performance and management systems with the aim of eliminating work-related injury and illness;
  • supporting and promoting well-being;
  • complying with Commonwealth and State/Territory work and health and safety legislation and regulations, national codes of practice and Australian/New Zealand standards;
  • consulting with staff members and their representatives, ACU's contractors, students and others about work health and safety, and well-being issues;
  • regularly reporting and applying learnings from workplace incidents, hazards and near misses;
  • facilitating hazard identification and risk control processes across its operations to continuously improve health and safety performance;
  • providing return to work programs that will support sustainable and a timely return to work for injured staff members; and
  • allocating appropriate resources, including training and instruction, to facilitate a welcoming, safe and healthy working and learning environment to ensure that everyone knows how to apply safe systems of work and their work health and safety responsibilities.

5. Roles and Responsibilities

5.1 All Staff and Students

Staff and students are responsible for each other's safety and wellbeing, including their own. They actively participate in WHS&W consultation processes, comply with safe work instructions or procedures, and identify and report hazards, incidents and 'near misses'.

5.2 Officers of the University (Members of the Senior Executive, Executive, Senior Staff and Managers)

Officers of the University ensure that ACU manages its health and safety duties and allocates sufficient resources to ensure appropriate safe systems of work. These officers also actively monitor and evaluate health and safety management. They continuously learn about work health and safety (WHS) matters and respond to information about incidents, hazards and risks, and implement processes to manage these risks and ensure compliance with ACU's health and safety duties. Managers consult with their individual work units about health, safety and wellbeing issues and ensure that safe systems of work are applied in the working and learning environment. They also support their work unit to identify and manage hazards, and report all incidents and near misses to apply key learnings from these events.

5.3 ACU Work Health and Safety (WHS) Committees

WHS Committees represent staff and help to manage WHS risks. They also participate in incident investigations and develop corrective actions to apply learnings from these events. Committee members review WHS risk registers, conduct WHS inspections and actively participate in WHS consultation. Members are updated about the work that the WHS Reference Group is undertaking to improve health and safety outcomes.

5.4 ACU WHS Reference Group

Members of the WHS Reference Group are representative of organisational units and the student body across the University and provide input into the development of tools and initiatives that are strengthening ACU's safety management systems in alignment with AS/NZS 4801.

5.5 Health and Safety Representatives (HSR)

HSRs represent staff members within work groups and monitor ACU's actions to manage WHS risks. They also respond to WHS complaints and risks that may be faced by their work group.

5.6 Contractors

Contractors consult with ACU about hazards and apply safe systems of work. They familiarise themselves and comply with legislative requirements and formally assess and manage WHS risks.

6. Further Assistance

If you would like further information about this policy, please consult your nominated supervisor. If you require further assistance, please contact the Human Resources Advisory Service, hr@acu.edu.au or extension 4222.

7. Definitions

Please find below the  definitions for this policy.

Definition Explanation
Members of the Senior Executive, Executive and Senior Staff As defined by the University's Delegation of Authority Policy and Register.
Officer People who can makes decisions, or participate in making decisions that affect the whole, or a substantial part, of a business or undertaking. It is a requirement of Health and Safety legislation that any officer of an organisation must exercise due diligence to ensure that the organisation complies with its health and safety duties. This means they must ensure that the organisation has appropriate systems of work in place and they must actively monitor and evaluate health and safety management within the organisation.
Work group A group of workers represented by an HSR who in many cases share similar work conditions (for example, all the professional and academic staff members on the Strathfield Campus).
"Workplace" A place where work is carried out for a business and undertaking and includes any place where a worker goes, or is likely to be, while at work. Health and safety legislation applies to all of these locations.

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Related Policies, Procedures, Guidelines and Local Protocols

Model Work Health and Safety Act 2010
ACT Work Health and Safety Act 2011
NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011
Qld Work Health and Safety Act 2011
SA Work Health and Safety Act 2012
VIC Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
AS/NZ 4801: 2001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems - General guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques
ACU Risk Management Policy
ACU WHS Risk Management Program Guidelines
ACU WHS Inspections Checklist
ACU Risk Management Procedure
ACU Emergency and Critical Incident Policy
ACU Pandemic Diseases Policy
ACU First Aid Policy

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