ANU work health & safety duties

ANU has a primary duty of care to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all staff, students,contractors and visitors while they are in an ANU workplace. In this context, a workplace is a place where work is carried out for ANU and includes any place where a worker goes, or is likely to be, while at work.

The following principles apply to duties:

  • duties are not transferable
  • people can have more than one duty
  • more than one person can concurrently have the same duty.

Where a person has a duty to ensure health and safety, then the person must:

The University's duties include:

  • providing and maintaining a work environment without risks to health and safety
  • providing and maintaining safe plant and structures
  • providing and maintaining safe systems of work
  • the safe use, handling and storage of plant, structures and substances
  • providing adequate facilities for the welfare at work of workers in carrying out work for the business or undertaking, including ensuring access to those facilities
  • providing any information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of ANU business
  • monitoring the health of workers and the conditions at the workplace to prevent illness or injury of workers arising from the conduct of University's business.

ANU implements these duties through the University Council, University Executive, College Deans and Directors, and Directors of Service Divisions.

Duty statements

The University has developed the duty statements to ensure compliance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the continual improvement of WHS at ANU.