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Occupational Safety and Health Policy

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1. Policy statement

The Department of Education (the Department) will provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment in its workplaces.

2. Policy rules

Site Managers will:

  • implement the Department’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) management system to reduce hazards and risks, and to continually improve safety and health in the workplace;  
  • undertake the duties of the employer or person in charge of a workplace described in the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and as directed by the Director General in accordance with Department requirements in so far that the issues are within their control and available resources; and
  • display the Department’s Statement of Intent and Commitment to Occupational Safety and Health in the workplace (Appendix A).

Principals will complete the Department’s occupational safety and health training within six months of appointment to a permanent role or acting in the principal role for 6 months or more.

Guidance

Site Managers are required to:

  • perform all duties as described in the Code of Practice Occupational Safety and Health in the West Australian Public Sector 2007; and
  • undertake the duties of the employer or person in charge of a workplace described in the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996.

Contractors engaged on a contract for service are considered to be employees of the person engaging them, and have the same obligations and protections assigned to employees under the OSH Act 1984 in relation to matters over which principals/line managers have capacity to exercise control.

It is acknowledges thet the Department of Education has a duty of care under the OSH legislation for contractors, students and visitors to the workplace.

3. Responsibility for Implementation and Compliance

Site Managers are responsible for implementation of the policy.

Executive Directors and Directors are responsible for compliance monitoring of the policy.

4. Scope

This policy applies to all employees. 

6. Definitions

A person who is currently employed under the School Education Act 1999 or the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

The issue resolution process (referred to in the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 as ‘the relevant procedure’) is a procedure agreed on by the employer and the employees to deal with safety and health issues in an efficient and systematic way. The Department’s occupational safety and health issue resolution process contains the steps for resolving occupational safety and health issues as agreed between the Department and relevant parties under the OSH Act. OSH representatives can take advice or seek information from any source, at any stage of this “resolution process” (e.g. from Employee Relations, Unions, Department of Health, WorkSafe etc.)

An OSH management system is a set of policies, plans, actions, and procedures that provide a systematic approach to managing occupational safety and employee wellbeing in order to continually improve workplace safety performance. The OSH management system is supported by a framework document which provides assistance in the planning and implementation of safety and health management at the workplace.

Officers, including Principals, College Managers and Line Managers, who have executive responsibility for overall management and control of any Department of Education workplace.

Any place where employees are, or are likely to be, during the course of their work, whether or not in an aircraft, ship, vehicle, building or other structure. 

7. Related documents

8. Contact information

Policy manager:

Director, Employee Relations

Policy contact officer:

Occupational Safety and Health Consultant, Employee Relations

T: (08) 9264 4921

E: Oshteam@education.wa.edu.au

9. History of changes

Effective date Last update date Policy version no.
17 September 2010 3 August 2011 2.1
Reporting requirements for Workplace Improvement Notices have been included in section 4.2.3 and requirements altered in section 4.2.4. D12/0321184. Contact information also updated
17 September 2012 5 July 2012 2.2
Updated reference to School Education Act Employees’ (Teachers and Administrators) General Agreement.
5 April 2013 2.3
Amendment at section 4.2 to require principals and line managers to complete training within six months of appointment. Endorsed by Corporate Executive 15 March 2013.
5 April 2013 20 January 2014 2.4
Updated contact details added to policy. D13/0581606
20 June 2017 3.0
Major review of policy. Endorsed by the Director General at Corporate Executive on 5 May 2017
16 April 2019 3.1
Major changes have been made to the policy and procedures. Endorsed by the Director General at Corporate Executive on 20 March 2019.
16 April 2019 30 August 2019 3.2
Minor changes to related documents D19/0405033
16 April 2019 4 December 2019 3.3
Minor changes to related documents D19/0554972

11. More information

Policy review date

20 June 2020

Policy last updated

4 December 2019