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Work, Health and Safety policy

Commitment

The Office of Sport is committed to ensuring, as far as reasonably practicable, the workplace health and safety of our employees, contractors, customers, visitors and the wider community. This commitment extends to all of our sites and operations, and includes maintaining an effective Safety Management System, with the highest levels of protection against hazards and risks.

Work Health and Safety is a moral responsibility and legislative obligation. The Office of Sport’s commitment to health and safety is based on seven key principles:

  1. Our work is never so important that we cannot take time to do it safely.
  2. Safety is vital in everything we do.
  3. Everyone should refuse unsafe work procedures.
  4. Everyone is required to raise concerns regarding identifiable hazards or risks.
  5. All levels of supervision are accountable for safety procedures.
  6. Employee and contractor commitment is essential to safety performance.
  7. Positive safety values bring positive business results.

Responsibilities

Health and safety duties are legislated in the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 for PCBUs, officers, workers and others. Key points for health and safety of duty holders:

  • Health and safety duties are not transferrable i.e. a person cannot delegate their duties to others.
  • A person can have more than one duty.
  • More than one person can have the same duty. Where this happens, each person is required to carry out their duty to the extent they have the capacity to influence and control the matter.
  • Where a person has a duty to ensure health and safety, they are required to eliminate risks to health and safety as far as reasonably practicable, or if this is not possible, to minimise the risks to health and safety so far as is reasonably practicable.

PCBU

Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, the Office of Sport is considered a ‘Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking’ (PCBU). The Chief Executive has ultimate responsibility for WHS performance in the Office of Sport.

Officers

Members of the Core Executive, as decision makers for the whole or a substantial part of the organisation, are considered ‘Officers’ under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and are responsible for managing work health and safety risk and exercising WHS due diligence, by taking reasonable steps to:

  • Acquire and keep up-to-date knowledge of WHS matters
  • Understand the nature of the operations of the Office of Sport and the associated WHS risks
  • Ensure that the Office of Sport has adequate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety
  • Ensure that the Office of Sport has adequate processes to receive, consider and respond to data on incidents, hazards and risks
  • Ensure that the Office of Sport has and implements, processes for meeting WHS legal compliance
  • Verify the provision and use of the resources and processes for meeting due diligence requirements.

Managers

Managers and Supervisors are responsible for the health and safety of their workers and the safety impact of Office of Sport activities on other people within their area of operation.

Managers are required to:

  • Identify, assess and control hazards and risks, and review control measures periodically within their area of operation
  • Promptly escalate WHS matters that cannot be adequately controlled within area of their operation
  • Address WHS matters raised by employees, contractors, visitors and customers
  • Manage WHS breaches
  • Implement health and safety policies and procedures (Safety Management System implementation)
  • Fulfil all WHS responsibilities as a “worker”

Workers

A person who carriers out work in any capacity for the Office of Sport, including employees, contractors or subcontractors or their employees, employees of a labour hire company, outworkers, apprentices or trainees, students on work experience or volunteers.

Workers must take reasonable care to:

  • Avoid affecting their own health and safety or the health and safety of any other person through acts or omission
  • Comply with any reasonable safety instruction that is given by the Office of Sport
  • Co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the Office of Sport relating to health or safety at the workplace that they have been made aware of
  • Report any accidents, injuries or near-miss incidents to their Manager/Supervisor as soon as possible after the event and assist with incident investigations or corrective actions
  • Promptly report any workplace hazards and identify, assess and control risks within their area of operation

Contractors

  • Develop and implement safe work method systems or operating procedures tailored to the work being undertaken
  • Maintain safe, clean, and tidy work areas
  • Ensure all employees of the contractor are adequately trained to safely and competently carry out contracted tasks
  • Possess all necessary licenses and certificates of competency for contracted works
  • Report all incidents, hazards, near misses and injuries
  • Comply with contractor induction training and site-specific safety rule requirements
  • Fulfil all WHS responsibilities as a “worker”

Visitors and Customers

Visitors and customers to the Office of Sport must: 

  • Take care of their own and others’ health and safety
  • Comply with any reasonable instruction given by the Office of Sport
  • Actively participate in health and safety induction processes
  • Report anything that could harm the health and safety of others