The University of Otago is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for workers, students and visitors. Accordingly, the university actively seeks to comply with the relevant legislation, codes of practice, guidelines and standards.
The health and safety management structure supports and facilitates the development of health and safety policies, defines responsibilities and ensures open communication on health and safety issues.
Workplace Health & Safety legislation
The major legislation for the management of Health and Safety in the workplace is the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).
The ACC Accredited Employer Programme
The ACC Accredited Employer Programme allows the University of Otago, as an accredited Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), to act as an agent of ACC.
Worker Participation System
The Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 requires a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) to have a worker participation system in place.
Health & Safety management system
At the University of Otago, workplace health and safety is managed through a systems approach.
Health & Safety organisational structure and committees
All workers of the University have health and safety responsibilities, however there is a hierarchy of responsibilities as defined by the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.