Work, Health and Safety
Student Induction - Useful Information for Supervisors
From 1 July 2012 it is a requirement of all Faculty of Health Sciences students to complete a Work Health and Safety Induction Checklist within the first few days of their placement. This is in accordance with requirements of the national Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation (previously known as Occupational Health & Safety), that came into effect in NSW on 1 January 2012. The information and training students need to receive as part of a WHS induction include:
- Who is responsible for health and safety and the arrangements for reporting hazards, incidents and injuries
- Health and safety procedures relevant to the student, including the use and maintenance of risk control measures
- How students can access health and safety information
The University understands that in most cases sites will already have the necessary documentation in place. To meet obligations under the WHS legislation it might be necessary to build on or develop existing induction and orientation resources. It is quite appropriate for students to assist sites to do this as a part of the placement. For example, the students may be able to put together a WHS induction folder or contribute to existing information by adding relevant documents to it (such as updating the manual handling policy, undertaking a specific risk assessment, developing a risk assessment form, or creating a summary of emergency procedures).
Some websites that might be useful in developing this information are:
- Other NSW Health Policies
- NSW WorkCover - Providing Training and Instruction
- WorkCover Manual Handling Risk Guide
- NSW Health WHS Policy & Better Practice Guide
The students' completed Work Health and Safety induction checklist is to be returned to the Placement Administrator at the same time their completed placement assessment is returned.
Orthoptics students must submit their completed checklists to the University with their final placement attendance sheet.
Speech Pathology students are to submit their completed checklists either by email, or by submitting to the drop box on campus within one week of their placement end date.