Work Health and Safety

Work Health and Safety (WHS) should be a concern to all in the workplace, including students, whether on campus at the University or off campus in an external workplace whilst on placement.

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 identifies the general requirements necessary to promote and ensure a safe and healthy workplace. It is designed to minimise injuries sustained in the workplace by requiring responsibilities of individuals and corporations and any person conducting a business or undertaking. This includes responsibilities of management, supervisors and workers (including students).

To comply with the WHS Act 2011, the students must;

  1. Take reasonable care for their own health and safety; and
  2. Take reasonable care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons; and
  3. Comply with any reasonable instruction that is given by the person supervising them; and
  4. Co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the establishment or business


Some useful links include;

University Work Health and Safety

What To Do On Placement

For all placements, commencing after 1 July 2012, students at the Faculty of Health Sciences are required to complete a WHS site induction checklist within the first few days of their placement. Students are advised that the completed checklist is to be returned to their Placement Administrator with their completed placement assessment.

Orthoptics students are to submit completed checklists for each clinic they have attended with their final placement attendance sheets.

Speech Pathology students are to submit their completed checklist within one week of the end of their placement, either as an email attachment sent to , or by submitting the hard copy to the drop box on level 2 of J Block.

All students are advised to keep a copy of the completed checklists for their records.

Other Relevant WHS Information

Students should also refer to the pages on this site relating to security, infection control standards, hand hygiene, incident management and open disclosure available on Other Important NSW Health Policies.