Duties: University Council & Executive, College Deans & Directors & Directors of Service Divisions

The University Council, University Executive, College Deans and Directors, and Directors of Service Divisions must exercise due diligence to ensure that ANU complies with its primary duty of care. In this context due diligence includes taking reasonable steps to:

  • acquire and keep up-to-date knowledge of work health and safety matters
  • gain an understanding of the nature of the University's operations and generally of the hazards and risks associated with those operations
  • ensure that ANU has available for use, and uses, appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety from work carried out as part of the conduct of its business
  • ensure that ANU has appropriate processes for receiving and considering information regarding incidents, hazards and risks and responding in a timely way to that information
  • ensure that ANU has, and implements, processes for complying with any duty or obligation under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
  • verify the provision and use of the resources and processes referred to above.

In performing these duties, the University Executive, College Deans and Directors, and Directors of Service Divisions shall:

  • hold staff with supervisory or management responsibilities accountable for managing Work Health and Safety (WHS) in areas under their control
  • adopt a risk management approach in managing WHS
  • make satisfactory budgetary provision for WHS programs and initiatives
  • include WHS on the agenda of the University Executive/College/School/Service Division and senior management meetings
  • check and review WHS performance including:
    • local WHS committee meetings
    • workplace inspections
    • trial evacuations
    • induction of new staff and students.
  • lead by example with WHS standards and promoting WHS awareness, including ensuring that:
    • there is effective management of identified risks
    • the budget is suitable for WHS matters
    • local standards and practices comply with legislative requirements and University policy
    • WHS discussions occur regularly at meetings.
  • provide a local WHS management structure and organisation, including, but not limited to:
    • appointment of suitable safety personnel (eg Safety Officer, emergency wardens, radiation safety officer,building warden, first aid attendants)
    • ensuring that staff, safety personnel and students undertake recommended WHS training
    • implementation of University and local WHS policies and procedures
    • consultation with staff and health and safety representatives
    • provision of WHS information to staff,students, visitors and contractors
    • provision and maintenance of safety and emergency equipment
    • including safety compliance as part of staff performance appraisal.

Note: These duties also apply to Directors of Research Schools and Heads of Schools where they make a substantial contribution to the decision making of their College as part of the College Executive.

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