Background

Re-think Re-engage Australia Inc (RRA) operates currently under harmonised work health and safety laws in Queensland.

Purpose

Articulate RRA’s commitment to provide a safe working environment, and enhancing the well-being of the RRA community.

Application

The policy applies to all staff (paid and unpaid) members, visitors, volunteers and contractors within the “workplace” or participating in RRA-related activities.

Policy Statement

The RRA is committed to:

  • Providing its people with a welcoming, safe and healthy working environment
  • Continuously improving its health and safety performance and management systems with the aim of eliminating work-related injury and illness
  • Supporting and promoting well-being
  • Complying with Queensland work and health and safety legislation and regulations, national codes of practice and Australian/New Zealand standards;
  • Consulting with staff (paid and unpaid) members and their representatives, RRA’s contractors, students and others about work health and safety, and well-being issues
  • Regularly reporting and applying learnings from workplace incidents, hazards and near misses
  • Facilitating hazard identification and risk control processes across its operations to continuously improve health and safety performance
  • Providing return to work programs that will support sustainable and a timely return to work for injured staff members and
  • Allocating appropriate resources, including training and instruction, to facilitate a welcoming, safe and healthy working and learning environment to ensure that everyone knows how to apply safe systems of work and their work health and safety responsibilities.

Roles and Responsibilities

All Staff

Staff (paid and unpaid) are responsible for each other’s safety and wellbeing, including their own. They actively participate in WHS consultation processes, comply with safe work instructions or procedures, and identify and report hazards, incidents and ‘near misses’.

Officers of the RRA (Management Committee)

Officers of the RRA ensure that RRA manages its health and safety duties and allocates sufficient resources to ensure appropriate safe systems of work. These officers also actively monitor and evaluate health and safety management. They continuously learn about work health and safety (WHS) matters and respond to information about incidents, hazards and risks, and implement processes to manage these risks and ensure compliance with RRA’s health and safety duties. Managers consult with their individual work units about health, safety and wellbeing issues and ensure that safe systems of work are applied in the working and learning environment. They also support their work unit to identify and manage hazards, and report all incidents and near misses to apply key learnings from these events.

RRA Work Health and Safety (WHS) Committee

When established, the WHS Committee will represent staff and help to manage WHS risks. They also participate in incident investigations and develop corrective actions to apply learnings from these events. Committee members review WHS risk registers, conduct WHS inspections and actively participate in WHS consultation. Members are updated about the work that the WHS Reference Group is undertaking to improve health and safety outcomes.

RRA WHS Reference Group

Members of the WHS Reference Group are representative of organisational units across the RRA and provide input into the development of tools and initiatives that are strengthening RRA’s safety management systems in alignment with AS/NZS 4801.

Health and Safety Representatives (HSR)

HSRs represent staff members within work groups and monitor RRA’s actions to manage WHS risks. They also respond to WHS complaints and risks that may be faced by their work group.

Contractors

Contractors consult with RRA about hazards and apply safe systems of work. They familiarise themselves and comply with legislative requirements and formally assess and manage WHS risks.

Further Assistance

If you would like further information about this policy, please consult your nominated supervisor.

Definitions

Officer – People who can makes decisions, or participate in making decisions that affect the whole, or a substantial part, of a business or undertaking. It is a requirement of Health and Safety legislation that any officer of an organisation must exercise due diligence to ensure that the RRA complies with its health and safety duties. This means they must ensure that the RRA has appropriate systems of work in place and they must actively monitor and evaluate health and safety management within the organisation.

Work group – A group of workers represented by an HSR who in many cases share similar work conditions.

WorkplaceA place where work is carried out for a business and undertaking and includes any place where a worker goes, or is likely to be, while at work. Health and safety legislation applies to all of these locations.

Policy Authorisation

Policy Applies to: All Staff

Version: 1.0

Approval Authority: President

Approval Date: 5 September 2017

Updated: 2 February 2018

Review Date: 18 July 2019