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For Workers

Both the University as a PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) and all university workers have a role to play in working towards making the University of Otago a safe and healthy workplace.

University workers, including managers and supervisors have specific responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).

The University strives to provide workers with high quality staff services relating to health & safety.

Worker responsibilities

The HSWA provides key responsibilities for University workers to manage health and safety day to day.

University Health & Safety Policy

All University workers 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 risks, hazards or safety concerns they identify to relevant health and safety staff; and
  • actively participate in rehabilitation for work related injuries/illnesses.

View the University Health & Safety Policy

Responsibilities under the Health and Safety Work at Act 2015

The HSWA outlines the duties of workers. While at work, a worker must:

  • take reasonable care of their own health and safety,
  • take reasonable care that what they do or don’t do doesn’t adversely affect the health and safety of others,
  • cooperate with any reasonable policies or procedures the business or undertaking has in place on how to work in a safe and healthy way
  • comply with any reasonable instruction given by the business or undertaking so that they can comply with HSWA and the regulations

View the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015

Keeping Safe at Work - A Guide for Employees (WorkSafe)

Worker Health & Safety Services

The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all workers. Accordingly, workers are able to take advantage of a range of services.

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme (E.A.P.) is a free, confidential counselling service which the University of Otago makes available to eligible staff.

Health & Safety training programme

The University offers a training programme to ensure workers understand the risks and hazards in their workplace, and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage these.

ACC Partnership Programme

The ACC Partnership Programme (ACC PP) allows the University of Otago , as an accredited PCBU, to act as an agent of ACC.