Work Health and Safety
Work Health and Safety Responsibilities
Everyone has a responsibility for health and safety at work. The University has assigned this responsibility through the line of management to each worker to the extent of their delegated authority.
The University’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy explains the responsibilities and expectations of workers and others, and the procedures for managing WHS risks associated with University activities.
The duty of care for work health and safety is prescribed by the NSW WHS legislation. Failure to comply with these duties is a criminal offence and can incur a heavy fine.
All staff, particularly those who manage or supervise others, should ensure that they are familiar with their obligations for promoting health and safety at work, and fulfil these obligations. Please visit WHS Duty of Care checklist for Staff and Affiliates for more information.
Advice and support in managing health and safety issues can also be obtained directly from the University’s Work Health and Safety Services
Setting up your Workstation
As most of our work at the Faculty is desk bound it is important that staff ensure that their work area is set up correctly so as not to cause injury or strain on any part of your body. More information and guidelines on correct set up of workstations including the use of laptops and some handy tips on good work practices are available from WHS - Setting up your Workstation.
Faculty of Law Health and Safety Representative
The role of a HSR is to represent the health and safety interest of their work group and may assist in reviewing, investigating and assisting in the resolution of more complex WHS matters for their work group. This may include WHS complaints from members of the Faculty. The HSR is invited to attend Faculty management meetings to discuss health and safety matters, and monitor WHS management and compliance.
Please note that under the relevant WHS Legislation the primary medium of consultation on health and safety matters is direct dialogue between supervisors/managers and workers acting under their instruction as per the WHS Consultation Statement. The updated information is available at WHS Consultation Statement
Reporting an Incident Injury or Hazardous Situation via RiskWare
RiskWare is the University’s online system for reporting and managing incidents, injuries and hazards across all campuses
Staff members (including casuals) are required to use RiskWare to report an incident, injury, or hazardous situation.
Managers (or their delegates) are required to use RiskWare to manage incidents and hazards that are reported within their area of authority.
Although managers can delegate their use of RiskWare to an appropriate nominee, the ultimate responsibility for OHS, including the management of reported incidents and OHS risks, remains with the line manager.
Students, affiliates, contractors and visitors are required to advise a staff member if they are involved in an incident/sustain an injury, or identify a hazardous situation so that these can be entered into RiskWare for actioning.
All incident reports must be submitted within 24 hours of the incident.
If full details of the incident, injury, investigation and corrective actions are not available within this timeframe, the essential details of the incident or injury as they are known should be submitted initially.
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