WHS Risk Management

ACU’s Work Health and Safety and Wellbeing Policy outlines the strong commitment ACU has made toward maintaining safe and healthy working and learning environments.

Staff, students and contractors at ACU play an active role in identifying hazards and managing risks, both big and small, within working and learning spaces.  Many smaller issues may be easily resolved e.g. a box may be removed from a thoroughfare or from a high shelf to prevent a trip or falling objects hazard.  Staff members should also consult with their Nominated Supervisors or Managers about any significant hazards, and log a report using riskware. Students should also log reports of hazards within riskware and inform teaching staff or other relevant staff, including local Facilities Management staff about hazards within learning environments.

To contribute to the overall safety of a learning or working environment, workplace inspections can also be undertaken to identify a range of hazards, using a checklist to assess hazards within either offices or laboratories.

Formally Assessing Risks

Whenever hazards and risks cannot be easily identified and solutions are not immediately obvious,  staff members and student organisations are encouraged to use one of the ACU’s risk assessment forms or the Chemwatch Risk Management Module. The WHS Risk Assessment Form should be used to identify a range of hazards and assess risks that may be present in a range of working and learning environments. Similarly, the WHS Risk Assessment Form for Practical Activities/Research prompts staff and students to assess risks that may be associated with field trips, practical activities or research projects.  The Chemwatch Risk Management Module is ideally suited to identify hazards, and assess and manage risks associated with individual chemical substances.

The ACU WHS Risk Management Procedure provides more guidance about the management of risk and describes the University’s processes for updating organisational risk registers.