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 induction checklist within the first few days of their placement. Once the student has completed the checklist they should keep a copy for their records and upload a scanned copy to Sonia, clinical placement database, under their relevant placement block within the first week of placement. It is essential to categorise this document as WHS in Sonia.

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.