4. RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL PARTIES

See also the University's Occupational Health & Safety Policy.

4.1 THE UNIVERSITY
The University has a responsibility under the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Act to ensure safe systems of work, a safe and healthy work environment and information, instruction, training and supervision as necessary to ensure the health and safety at work of employees. With respect to Animal Houses this includes the provision and maintenance of appropriate facilities, the proper handling, transport and storage of animals, materials and substances, adequate training and supervision, health monitoring and vaccination, and the provision of protective clothing and equipment. The University is responsible for ensuring that adequate resources are made available to implement these guidelines and to comply with the OHS Act.

The University has a responsibility to protect persons with established asthma and allergy conditions by minimising their exposure to allergens which may aggravate their condition, and by seeking medical opinion regarding continued exposure, where necessary.


4.2 SENIOR MANAGERS (DEANS OF FACULTIES OR HEADS OF DEPARTMENT, AS APPROPRIATE)
Senior managers are responsible under the Occupational Health & Safety Act for ensuring implementation of these guidelines in animal houses under their control (by seeking advice from the OHS Office if necessary) or advising the office of difficulties in implementation.


4.3 SUPERVISORS (INCLUDES SUPERVISORS OF ANIMAL HOUSES, & STUDENT/STAFF SUPERVISORS)
Supervisors are responsible under the Occupational Health & Safety Act for ensuring that individuals under their direction are aware of these guidelines, and that they have been trained or informed specifically with respect to section 3.3.6 & 3.3.7. Meeting these responsibilities may require the supervisor to seek specific advice from the OHS Office or the University Health Service.

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that individuals under their direction comply with their responsibilities (as outlined in 4.4), and for advising their Head of Department of difficulties in achieving compliance.

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all incidents, injuries, illnesses and hazards, including near misses, are reported to them and to the OHS Office (using the University's myHRonline 'Incident, Injury, Illness' reporting system).

Supervisors of animal houses are responsible for overseeing day-to-day health & safety matters in the Animal House, consistent with their general level of supervisory responsibility. This includes monitoring maintenance, housekeeping and work practices, ensuring there are adequate stocks of protective clothing and equipment, etc.


4.4 INDIVIDUALS (STAFF, STUDENTS & AFFILIATES)
Individuals who come into contact with animals or animal products as part of their work have a responsibility under the Occupational Health & Safety Act to comply with these guidelines and to follow standard operating procedures and instructions, so far as is practicable. They also have a responsibility to wear the required protective clothing and use equipment supplied, and to not wilfully or intentionally endanger the health and safety of themselves or others.

Staff, students and affiliates are also required to report all incidents, injuries and near misses (using the University's myHRonline 'Incident, Injury, Illness' reporting system) which occur during the course of their work, and to undertake a medical assessment if requested to do so by the University.

For further information on these Guidelines contact:

  • OHS staff K07, phone: 9351 4335
  • Laboratory Animal Services B19, phone: 9351 4742
  • University Health Service G01, phone: 9351 3484