Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Safety management

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

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Australian Standard / New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS) 4801; "Occupational Health and Safety Management System – specifications and guidance for use" is a national standard. The University incorporates the core elements of this standard of policy, planning, implementation, measurement and evaluation and management review as the basis for its occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS).

The University conducts internal OHSMS audits and encourages self-auditing based on question sets developed to meet the AS/NZS 4801 criteria. The standard is available through the University Library SAI Global subscription. 

Update on harmonisation of work health and safety laws

Changes to health and safety legislation in Western Australia are expected in 2015 and will affect the health and safety roles of individuals. The "draft" Bill is now subject to a period of public comment until end of January 2015. The proposed Work Health and Safety Bill defines four categories of duty holder which are a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), Officers, Workers and other persons at the workplace. The following document describes the UWA Safe System of Work and how its application promotes compliance with these legislative changes.

The presentation below addresses the duties of Officers and Workers, guidance for managers and supervisors and how creation of a health and safety committee hierarchy will play a major role in promoting legislative compliance (links to relevant web pages are provded within the presentaion). Further information regarding the harmonised laws is available from WorkSafe (Frequently asked questions - Harmonised OSH laws) and Safe Work Australia.

The self assessment guide below list key aspects of "due diligence" with respect to work health and safety. It is intended to be used by those who are in positions providing strategic leadership, direction, control and oversight in terms of influencing the implementation of the UWA Work Health and Safety Policy. Senate, Senior Executive, Deans and Directors need to be able to assess their own knowledge of the status of work health and safety within their areas of accountability.

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