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Work Health and Safety Policy
Written Direction No. WDPSB17201
Approved by: General Manager, People and Safety
Approval Date: 18 September 2018
Effective From: 11 December 2018
TAFE NSW seeks to ensure the health and safety of everyone in its workplaces. We have a duty of care for students, workers and visitors while they are at TAFE workplaces or participating in authorised activities.
This policy sets out our position on health and safety and what we will do to live up to our commitments and obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.
This Policy applies to all workers, i.e. employees and anyone else who carries out work for TAFE NSW such as contractors, on-hire workers, volunteers and others such as students and visitors, while at any TAFE workplace or while participating in any authorised activities.
TAFE NSW is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment for all workers, students, visitors and members of the public. We value people and will do our best to ensure their health and safety while at TAFE or when participating in TAFE activities. Hazards and risks to health and wellbeing will be eliminated, or minimized, as far as reasonably practicable.
- Provide active and responsible safety leadership.
- Ensure working and learning environments are safe and healthy.
- Support and promote health and wellbeing.
- Promote respectful conduct and take action to prevent and respond to bullying.
- Consult with employees, their representatives and others on how to better manage risk.
- Provide information, training and instruction so that our employees work safely and contribute to ensuring the safety of others.
- Provide programs that facilitate safe and durable return to work for employees, for both work related and non-work related health conditions.
- Develop a WHS Management System that includes:
- measurable objectives and targets;
- monitoring and regular reporting of our safety performance;
- identification and treatment of risks and legal requirements;
- management of incidents to minimise harm and prevent further incidents;
- regular reviews to ensure continuous improvement, and;
- recognition of health and safety innovation and success.
GM People and Safety
The GM People and Safety is the Approver for this Policy
Senior Managers of TAFE NSW deemed to be officers under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, have a positive duty of care to exercise due diligence, as defined in Section 27(5) of the Act, in ensuring that TAFE NSW complies with its duty under the legislation.
All TAFE Managers are to take action to ensure:
Where workplace managers are unable to ensure any of these provisions they should escalate them for appropriate action and support.
All Employees of TAFE NSW
Employees and others undertaking work for TAFE NSW are required to
Students, visitors and contractors
All students, visitors and contractors, while visiting or conducting business on TAFE workplaces or participating in authorised TAFE activities are to:
Any person working for TAFE NSW, including employees, contractors, employees of labour hire companies and students gaining work experience.
Any place where work is carried out, including any place where a worker goes, or is likely to go, while at work.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the following related documents:
- Procedure for WHS Consultation
- Procedure for WHS Risk Management
- Procedure for WHS Incidents and Corrective Actions
- Return to Work Program
Accountable Officer: Head of Work Health and Safety
WD Officer: Manager WHS Systems and Processes
Document Information and Review
This policy document will be reviewed at least every three years.
Record No.: PROJ18/3968
Review Due: 18 July 2021
11 December 2018
General Manager P&S
Initial publication following review of previous DoE policy.