University of Otago Health
& Safety Policy Statement
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
Health and Safety Policy
Purpose The health, safety and welfare of staff and students is of prime importance at the University of Otago , and it is our intention to strive for excellence in health and safety management.
Scope All University of Otago workplaces.
Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
Health and Safety Policies and Guidelines
ACC Partnership Programme
1. It is the policy of the University to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, to protect the health, safety and welfare of all its staff and students, and that of others in accordance with our legal obligations, including compliance with relevant standards and codes of practice relevant to the University.
2. Within the general policy, the University aims to effectively manage hazards arising from its facilities or activities, and in particular the University will:
provide and maintain a safe working environment, plant and systems for staff, students, contractors and visitors that is safe and without risk to health; and
provide such information, instruction, training, and supervision as is necessary, to ensure that health and safety hazards are identified, understood and managed effectively; and
establish health and safety objectives which will be reviewed each year through the internal audit process and performance review processes to ensure continuous improvement in health and safety management; and
support health and safety staff through the provision of resources to achieve the required health and safety objective outcomes; and
require accurate reporting, notification and investigation of all injuries and incidents; and
provide prompt, effective work based rehabilitation for all work related injuries, and non-work injuries where appropriate and possible; and
provide the training and information necessary to the University's leaders to ensure an appropriate level of competency in health and safety related matters; and
foster and encourage education of safe working practices for students who in turn will become workers when they leave the University; and
provide adequate consultation processes for health and safety matters, and actively encourage participation of students, and staff and their representatives including union representation.
3 All University of Otago employees are required to:
report all incidents and injuries; and
participate in the health and safety management systems in operation within the University; and
report any hazards or safety concerns they identify to relevant health and safety staff; and
actively participate in rehabilitation for work related injuries/illnesses.
4 The University's performance with respect to the health and safety goals will be reviewed and reported annually. This will also provide an opportunity to review this policy statement, and improve it where appropriate.
Date of Issue: 6 July 2006
Prepared by Andrea McMillan Staus:Approved
Verified by VC
Reviewed June 2010
Next Review Date 5 July 2012 Version 4