Managing Work Health & Safety (WHS) risk

The Australian National University (ANU) is committed to providing staff, students, contractors and visitors with a safe and healthy environment. ANU strives to integrate work health and safety into all of its undertakings. It does this through continual improvement in managing WHS risk.

Risk is inherent in many of the University's activities. Significant areas of risk include those that may reasonably present a risk to the University's key assets (reputation, people, finances, and intellectual property).

ANU recognises that risk management is an important part of good governance that helps ANU achieve its stated objectives and has developed WHS Risk Assessment Guidelines on AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009, Risk management - Principles and guidelines to help manage WHS risk.

As part of its risk management strategy ANU requires that all Colleges and Service Divisions:

  • establish the context in which they are working
  • identify their workplace hazards
  • assess the WHS risks associated with the hazards, including identifying, analysing, and evaluating the risks
  • control the risks
  • review the process, including monitoring the risk controls and reviewing the outcomes.

See: the University's WHS Risk Assessment Guidelines for a detailed approach to assessing WHS risk.

Completing the risk management process should lead to the development of Safe Work Procedures that provide specific requirements for performing hazardous work.

See: Safe Work Procedures for more details.

Hazard alerts

Hazard alerts are developed by various Australian jurisdictions and provide information on identified WHS hazards and specific controls to mitigate the WHS risks associated with the hazard. Work Environment Group provides Hazard Alerts to communicate this hazard information across ANU. Hazard Alerts enable areas to plan to identify these hazards and control the associated WHS risks.