Health and Safety Policy

Document Title: Health and Safety Policy
Document Number: HSP-001
Effective Date: June 8, 2024
Review Date: June 8, 2025

1. Introduction

Rosehill College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students, staff, and visitors. This policy outlines our approach to managing health and safety risks and ensuring compliance with relevant health and safety regulations.

2. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Establish and maintain safe working and learning conditions.
  • Prevent accidents, injuries, and illnesses related to college activities.
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety legislation and standards.
  • Promote a culture of safety and health awareness.

3. Scope

This policy applies to all college activities and facilities, including:

  • Classrooms and lecture halls
  • Laboratories and workshops
  • Offices and administrative areas
  • Common areas and recreational spaces
  • External locations used for college activities (e.g., field trips)

4. Definitions

Hazard: A potential source of harm or adverse health effect on a person or persons.
Risk: The likelihood of harm occurring and the severity of the outcome.
Incident: An event that leads to or could have led to injury or illness.
PPE: Personal Protective Equipment used to minimize exposure to hazards.

5. Health and Safety Commitments

5.1 Risk Management

  • Identification: Regularly identify and assess hazards associated with college activities.
  • Control Measures: Implement control measures to eliminate or minimize risks.
  • Monitoring: Continuously monitor and review control measures for effectiveness.

5.2 Training and Awareness

  • Induction: Provide health and safety induction training for all new staff and students.
  • Ongoing Training: Offer ongoing health and safety training relevant to specific roles and activities.
  • Awareness Programs: Conduct awareness programs to promote safe practices.

5.3 Emergency Preparedness

  • Emergency Procedures: Develop and communicate emergency procedures for various scenarios (e.g., fire, medical emergencies).
  • Evacuation Drills: Conduct regular evacuation drills and review procedures.
  • First Aid: Ensure the availability of first aid facilities and trained personnel.

5.4 Health and Wellbeing

  • Support Services: Provide access to health and wellbeing support services.
  • Mental Health: Promote mental health awareness and provide resources for support.
  • Ergonomics: Encourage ergonomic practices to prevent musculoskeletal injuries.

5.5 Incident Reporting and Investigation

  • Reporting: Encourage the prompt reporting of all incidents, hazards, and near misses.
  • Investigation: Investigate incidents to identify causes and implement corrective actions.
  • Documentation: Maintain records of all reported incidents and corrective actions taken.

6. Responsibilities

6.1 CEO

  • Oversight: Ensure overall compliance with health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Resources: Allocate resources to implement health and safety measures.

6.2 Academic Manager

  • Implementation: Oversee the implementation of health and safety procedures in academic settings.
  • Training: Ensure that staff and students receive appropriate health and safety training.

6.3 Health and Safety Officer

  • Coordination: Coordinate health and safety activities and monitor compliance.
  • Risk Assessment: Conduct regular risk assessments and audits.
  • Support: Provide support and guidance on health and safety matters.

6.4 Staff and Students

  • Compliance: Comply with health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Reporting: Report hazards, incidents, and unsafe conditions promptly.
  • Participation: Participate in health and safety training and awareness activities.

7. Health and Safety Procedures

7.1 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

  • Regular Inspections: Conduct regular inspections to identify hazards.
  • Risk Assessment: Evaluate risks associated with identified hazards.
  • Control Measures: Implement and monitor control measures to mitigate risks.

7.2 Emergency Procedures

  • Emergency Contacts: Maintain updated emergency contact information.
  • Evacuation Plans: Develop and display evacuation plans in all buildings.
  • Emergency Equipment: Ensure the availability and maintenance of emergency equipment.

7.3 First Aid

  • First Aid Kits: Ensure first aid kits are available and accessible.
  • Trained Personnel: Maintain a list of trained first aid personnel.
  • Response Procedures: Develop procedures for responding to medical emergencies.

7.4 Incident Reporting

  • Form Submission: Use the Incident Report Form to report all incidents and near misses.
  • Investigation: Investigate incidents to determine causes and preventive measures.
  • Follow-Up: Implement corrective actions and follow-up on their effectiveness.

8. Monitoring and Review

8.1 Regular Monitoring

  • Inspections: Conduct regular health and safety inspections.
  • Audits: Perform health and safety audits to ensure compliance.
  • Feedback: Collect feedback from staff and students on health and safety issues.

8.2 Annual Review

  • Policy Review: Review the Health and Safety Policy annually or as needed.
  • Updates: Update the policy based on legislative changes and feedback.
  • Report: Prepare an annual health and safety report for management review.

Review Date: June 8, 2025

9. Contact Information

For any health and safety concerns or inquiries, please contact:

Rosehill College
Address: Level 2 & 4, 616-620 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
Phone: +61 (02) 7228 0008

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