WHS Action plans
Organisational units are required to set goals for achieving and improving work health and safety (WHS) performance. These WHS Action Plans should be established with reference to:
- local WHS risk profile and priorities
- WHS reports and recommendations
- the University’s WHS Action Plan
The WHS Action Plan should be practical and achievable. A plan may typically include goals to:
- identify work related hazards and commit to a schedule for addressing these
- report incidents and injuries within 24 hours of occurrence
- investigate incidents and submit of corrective actions (where relevant) in RiskWare within 7 days
- complete corrective actions and close these in RiskWare on time
- assign responsibility for coordinating local emergency response
- practice emergency procedures
- keep up-to-date next of kin emergency contact details for workers
- provide after-hours building emergency contact details for Security Services
- assign responsibility for providing first aid service, or communicate details of neighbouring service
- ensure WHS induction of new workers
- arrange training to help workers manage WHS risks relating their work
- develop and periodically review safe work methods
- include WHS in contract specifications
- ensure contractors are qualified, informed of local hazards, inducted and supervised
- conduct quarterly walk through WHS inspections
- assess WHS implications of equipment and materials being purchased (eg ergonomics, weight, noise, dust, heat, toxicity, radiation, electromagnetic fields etc).
- sign-post hazardous areas and restrict access where appropriate.
- keep up-to-date manifests of hazardous substances and segregate incompatible substances.
Each action item should be clearly assigned to an appropriate worker and time frame specified for achievement.