Management commitment

The success of the University's Health and Safety Management Arrangements (HSMA) depends on commitment from all levels and functions within ANU, especially from senior management. Senior management must enable the effective implementation of the HSMA throughout the whole of ANU.

Work Health & Safety (WHS) policies, procedures & guidelines

ANU has developed WHS policies, Safe Work procedures and WHS guidelines to:

  • help keep all staff, students, contractors and visitors safe and
  • meet all legislative requirements.

WHS policies

The WHS policies include ANU WHS management principles. These, together with the Safe Work procedures and guidelines provide direction for the range of hazardous activities undertaken within the University.

Health and Safety Management Arrangements (HSMA)

To align with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, ANU has revised its Health and Safety Management Arrangements (HSMA). Work Environment Group has used five main principles in designing, developing and implementing the HSMA.

We have incorporated these five principles into our HSMA Model as part of our overall WHS risk management strategy. The figure below illustrates the relationship between the principles and Continual Improvement.

Principle 1 - Management commitment

The success of the University's HSMA depends on commitment from all levels and functions within ANU, especially from senior management. Senior management must enable the effective implementation of the HSMA throughout the whole of ANU.

Principle 2 - Planning

Planning includes:

  • ensuring all staff, students, contractors and visitors understand their legal obligations
  • developing and implementing WHS objectives and targets and
  • developing risk management (safe work) procedures.

ANU shall identify all the WHS hazards and risks associated with its business, research and teaching activities and implement appropriate controls.

Principle 3 - Implementation & operation

The successful implementation of the HSMA involves the appropriate allocation of resources, and commitment from all staff, students, contractors and visitors. HSMA resources and responsibilities are not to be confined to a particular function but be evident across all functions within ANU.

Principle 4 - Measurement & evaluation

Monitoring and measuring work health and safety performance is essential to verify continued compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements. ANU must identify, measure and evaluate factors that can cause personal injury and illness, and take appropriate corrective action to eliminate, or at least significantly reduce, the risks associated with any given activity.

Principle 5 - Management review

To ensure the HSMA maintains currency with legislative requirements, senior management must regularly review work health and safety. WHS must be a standing agenda item on any senior executive or equivalent meeting to ensure the integrity of the HSMA. Deans and Directors must authorise and take appropriate actions to ensure they meet stated objectives in compliance with legislative, regulatory and HSMA requirements.

HSMA system elements

The five principles in our management system framework provide the foundation and direction for the HSMA. The elements are:

1 Management commitment

  • Overview of the HSMA
  • WHS policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Effective governance
  • ANU work health and safety duties

2 Planning

  • Overview of planning
  • Objectives and targets
  • Legal and other requirements
  • Managing WHS risk
  • Hazard alerts

3 Implementation and operation

  • Training and induction
  • Safe work procedures
  • WHS networks
  • Communication and consultation
  • Work health

4 Measurement and evaluation

  • Documentation and records
  • Monitoring and testing
  • Incident investigations and corrective actions
  • Audits and baseline assessments
  • Workplace inspections

5 Management review

  • Management requirements
  • WHS performance