Work Health and Safety Policy



This Work Health and Safety Policy describes a work health and safety (WHS) policy for an organisation. It defines the scope, responsibilities and structure of a robust and effective WHS risk management system for the organisation as well as the WHS responsibilities of every individual within the organisation.

This Work Health and Safety Policy is suitable for all organisations and complies with the WHS Code of Practice on How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks. This Work Health and Safety Policy is also aligned with the Australian-New Zealand Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Systems.

Contents

  1. Purpose. 2
  2. Scope. 2
  3. Policy statement 2
  4. WHS risks. 2
  5. WHS obligations. 3
  6. Standard of care. 3
  7. Management responsibility. 3
  8. Organisation responsibilities. 5
  9. Risk management requirements. 7
  10. Document information. 8

Purpose

The purpose of this Work Health and Safety Policy (Policy) is to establish a system for managing risks to health and safety of workers and other persons and to establish roles and responsibilities for managing WHS compliance within the organisation.

This Work Health and Safety Policy must be read in conjunction with the following:

  1. Work Health and Safety Procedures
  2. Risk Management Framework
  3. Risk Management Policy
  4. Risk Management Procedures
  5. Risk Assessment Instructions Manual

Scope

This Work Health and Safety Policy applies to all directors, officers, employees and all other workers of [Organisation name]. This Work Health and Safety Policy extends to all current and future activities of [Organisation name], and to any new opportunities [Organisation name] may encounter from time to time.

[Organisation name]’s workers include all of the following:

  1. Employees
  2. Contractors
  3. Sub-contractors
  4. Employees of contractors or sub-contractors
  5. Employee of labour hire company assigned to work in the person’s business or undertaking, or
  6. Outworker
  7. Apprentices and trainees
  8. Students gaining work experience
  9. Volunteers
  10. Any other individuals who carries out work in [Organisation name].

Policy statement

[Organisation name] is committed to managing all risks to the health and safety of its workers and all other persons visiting any workplace of [Organisation name].

In this respect, [Organisation name] is committed to developing, implementing, maintaining and improving on a WHS management system in accordance with the Australian-New Zealand Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Systems and is structured to ensure that [Organisation name] complies with its obligations under the WHS Laws.

This Work Health and Safety Policy is consistent with the Code of Practice on How to Manage Work Health & Safety Risks and [Organisation name]’s Code of Conduct which represents and upholds [Organisation name]’s commitment to integrity, fairness and ethical behaviour.

WHS risks

[Organisation name]’s WHS management system falls within the ambit of [Organisation name]’s risk management system as set out in the Risk Management Framework. The Framework integrates the process for managing risks into [Organisation name]’s overall governance, risk management and compliance strategy, planning, management, processes, policies, values and culture.

WHS obligations

[Organisation name] has a duty under the WHS Laws to:

  • ensure the health and safety of its workers and customers;
  • ensure health and safety of any other people who are at risk from the conduct of its business or undertaking (such as [a visitor to its premises/shop]);
  • ensure health and safety of any people who may be at risk from any workplace, fixtures, fittings or plants in any workplace managed or controlled by [organisation name];
  • ensure health and safety of any people who may be at risk from the design, manufacture, import or supply of any plant, substances or structures managed, controlled, designed, manufactured or supplied by [organisation name] for use in any workplace;
  • ensure health and safety of any people who may be at risk from the installation, construction, commission of any plant or structure installed, constructed or commissioned by [organisation name] for any workplace; and
  • manage risks by eliminating health and safety risks as far as is reasonably practicable.

If not reasonably practicable to eliminate such risks, [organisation name] has a duty to minimise those risks as far as reasonably practicable.

[Organisation name] has established a structure for risk management which is described in Risk Management Organisational Structure. One of the main areas of enterprise risks of [Organisation name] is WHS risks.

Standard of care

The standard of care required by [organisation name] to discharge its duties is “reasonably practicable”. Deciding what is “reasonably practicable” to protect people from harm requires taking into account and weighing up all relevant matters, including:

  • the likelihood of the hazard or risk concerned occurring;
  • the degree of harm that might result from the hazard or risk;
  • knowledge about the hazard or risk, and ways of eliminating or minimising the risk;
  • the availability and suitability of ways to eliminate or minimise the risk; and
  • after assessing the extent of the risk and the available ways of eliminating or minimising the risk, the cost associated with available ways of eliminating or minimising the risk, including whether the cost is grossly disproportionate to the risk.

Management responsibility

Under WHS Laws, officers of [organisation name] have a duty to exercise due diligence to ensure that [organisation name] complies with its WHS obligations. This includes taking reasonable steps to:

  • gain an understanding of the hazards and risks associated with the operations of [organisation name];
  • ensure that [organisation name] has and uses appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety.

Board of directors

As officers of [Organisation name], the Board has ultimate responsibility for overseeing the performance of [Organisation name], including effectively monitoring the [Organisation name] risk management objectives.

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