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Health and Safety of Children in the University Workplace Policy

Category Health and Safety
Type Policy
Approved by Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Group, June 2017
Date Policy Took Effect 26 June 2017
Last Approved Revision 26 June 2017
Sponsor Chief Operating Officer
Responsible Officer Head, Health and Safety Compliance
Review Date 26 June 2022

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to outline restrictions on access by children to certain areas and activities in order to protect their health and safety.

Organisational Scope

University of Otago campuses and all other University work areas.

Definitions

Child(ren) - Any persons under the age of 16 years (unless an enrolled student of the university of Otago).


Confined spaces - As defined by Australian Standard/New Zealand Standard 2845:2001 is an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is at atmospheric pressure during occupancy and is not intended or designed primarily as a place of work, and –


a) is liable at any time to-

  • Have an atmosphere which contains potentially harmful levels of contaminant;
  • Have an oxygen deficiency or excess or
  • Cause engulfment; and

 
b) could have restricted means for entry and exit.

Policy Content

1. Access by children to the following areas, even while supervised, is strictly prohibited;

a. Workshops

b. Photographic and television/film processing facilities (excluding supervised access to media and production sets)

c. Plant rooms, storerooms, delivery bays and waste storage areas

d. Roof areas

e. Confined spaces

f. Catering kitchens

g. Construction zones

 
2. Access by children to clinical areas and laboratories (including access through laboratories to non-laboratory areas) is not permitted, except as part of an arranged activity, visit or tour for educational purposes that is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the University of Otago Hazardous Substances and New Organisms-Exempt Laboratory Manual.

 
3. Children may only be brought on Field and Off-Campus Activities in accordance with the requirements of the Field and Off Campus Activities Policy and Guidelines.

Related Policies, Procedures and Forms

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations

University of Otago Health and Safety Policy

University of Otago HSNO-Exempt Manual

Field and Off-Campus Activities Policy

Feild and Off-Campus Activities Guidelines