Revised Work Health and Safety, and Wellbeing Policy

Published: Wednesday 17th June 2015

Updated HR documents 

The University’s Work Health and Safety, and Wellbeing Policy has recently been updated.

The revised policy articulates ACU’s commitment to provide staff, students, contractors and visitors with a welcoming, safe and healthy working and learning environment whenever they participate in ACU activities within Australia or overseas.  ACU is making a strong commitment to continuously improve its Work, Health and Safety (WHS) performance with the aim of eliminating work-related injury and illness, and progressively improving our safety management systems and WHS performance targets to achieve certification against AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

The policy has been significantly simplified and a poster version, articulating  the University’s commitments, will be placed on appropriate noticeboards on all University premises. The revised Work Health and Safety, and Wellbeing Policy and the poster version were consulted on broadly and considered by the ACU Staff Consultative Committee (ACUSCC) at its meeting of 26 February 2015. Following consultation, the Vice-Chancellor has approved the revised policy, effective from 2 June 2015. 

Underpinning the University’s approach to continuous improvement, the People and Culture Advisory Committee is now undertaking the additional role of the ACU Safety Leadership Group.  The Committee has an oversight and advisory role and receives regular progress reports on a range of WHS matters.  A WHS Reference Group has also been established, reporting into the ACU Safety Leadership Group, which provides advice on the operationalisation of WHS across the University.  The strengthening of information-sharing, awareness and consultation with the Campus WHS Committees is also underway.

The updated policy is available at www.acu.edu.au/whspolicy . You may need to refresh the web page to ensure that the latest version of the policy is displayed. Please contact the HR Advisory Service on extension 4222 or HR@acu.edu.au if you need assistance with accessing the website.

Supporting ACU’s WHS commitments

Staff members, students, contractors and visitors have a crucial role to play in maintaining safe campuses and contributing to continuous improvements in WHS performance.  ACU will be progressively rolling out a series of revised tools and initiatives to support  and assist staff, students, contractors and visitors to effectively respond to and manage WHS responsibilities and apply safe systems.  .  The University’s commitment is to regularly report and apply learnings from incidents, hazards and ‘near misses’ in the work and learning environment.  In addition, the University is committed to providing sustainable return-to-work programs that support staff to return to work in a timely manner. 

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