WHS Policy


Date approved

21 July 1999

Date Policy will take effect

21 July 1999

Date of Next Review

17 August 2017

Approved by

University Council

Custodian title & e-mail address

Manager, Workplace Health and Safety


Manager, Workplace Health and Safety

Responsible Faculty/

Division & Unit

Workplace Health and Safety Unit, Human Resources Division

Supporting documents, procedures & forms of this policy

Roles and Responsibilities for Workplace Health & Safety
WHS Management System

References & Legislation

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW)
Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (NSW)


Public – accessible to anyone

Expiry Date of Policy

Not applicable

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1 Purpose of Policy 2

2 Definitions 2

3 Application & Scope 2

4 Principles 3

5 Review 3

6 Roles & Responsibilities 3

7 Version Control and Change History 4

    1 Purpose of Policy

    • 1. The University of Wollongong is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for its workers, students and visitors. This Policy defines the principles of this commitment and the University’s approach to the continuous improvement of health and safety in the workplace.
    • 2. This Policy sets out the overarching principles for the University’s commitment and management of work health and safety requirements and gives effect to the University’s Workplace Health and Safety Management Plan, Workplace Health and Safety Management System, procedures and guidelines.
    • 3. All members of the University community have a collective and individual responsibility to work safely and be engaged in activities to help prevent injuries and illness.

    2 Definitions


Definition (with examples if required)



Any person who visits the University and is not classified as a worker of the University. Visitors to the University may include, but are not limited to:

          • Students
          • Conference and function attendees
          • Commercial clients or customers including those visiting UniCentre, URAC or ITC
          • Family and friends of workers or students
          • Tenants
          • Community visitors including prospective students, parents and collaborators


Any person who carries out work for the University which includes:

          • Employees
          • Trainees
          • Volunteers and affiliates including visiting and honorary fellows
          • Outworkers
          • Apprentices
          • Work experience students
          • Contractors or sub-contractors
          • Employees of a contractor or sub-contractor
          • Employees of a labour hire company assigned to work for the University.

    3 Application & Scope

    • 1. This Policy applies to all workers of the University of Wollongong as well as students, affiliates and other visitors.
    • 2. Entities of the University are required to outline their commitment to work health and safety through their own Policy and management system.

    4 Principles

    • 1. The University will undertake the following activities in fulfilling its commitment to provide a healthy and safe workplace:
        • Develop, implement and maintain a health and safety management system which includes the requirements of this Policy
        • Comply with applicable health and safety legislation as well as other requirements such as Codes of Practice or Australian Standards
        • Implement a health and safety risk management process to ensure workplace hazards are identified, assessed, controlled and reviewed where they are not able to be eliminated
        • Allocate sufficient financial and physical resources to enable the effective implementation of the Work Health and Safety Policy
        • Provide, handle and store equipment, structures, substances and systems of work without risk to health
        • Provide and disseminate health and safety training and information to workers, students and visitors
        • Implement arrangements for the consultation of health and safety matters with workers and students
        • Establish measureable objectives and targets for health and safety aimed at the elimination of work-related illness and injury
        • Report on measurements and targets to Council and Central WHS Committee
        • Ensure that the WHS Unit and local area websites are updated with current legislative and University of Wollongong WHS Management System requirements.

    5 Review

    • 1. This Policy will be regularly reviewed following legislative or organisational changes, or as a minimum, every five years.

    6 Roles & Responsibilities

    • 1. The Vice-Chancellor has responsibility for, and is committed to, the effective implementation of the University Work Health and Safety Policy.
    • 2. The Senior Executive will support Deans, Department Heads, Managers and Supervisors to fulfil their health and safety responsibilities and accountabilities within their area of responsibility.
    • 3. University Council has the responsibility to oversee the monitoring of the University’s workplace health and safety performance against objectives and targets.
    • 4. All workers, students and visitors have a responsibility to take reasonable care for their own safety and the safety of others and comply with any reasonable instruction, policy or procedures of the University in relation to health and safety.
    • 5. The Workplace Health and Safety Unit is available to provide advice regarding specific health and safety matters, update the University on legislative changes and assist with the development, implementation and monitoring of this Policy and the workplace health and safety management system.
    • 6. Further description of health and safety responsibilities are outlined in the UOW document “Roles and Responsibilities for Workplace Health and Safety”.

    7 Version Control and Change History

Version Control

Date Effective

Approved By




21 July 1999

Administrative Committee

First Version


4 June 2003


Minor changes to adjust policy to bring it in line with legislative changes


11 October 2005


Minor policy changes following review by WHS Committee


27 May 2008

Administrative Committee

Formatting and minor changes


6 May 2009

Vice-Principal (Administration)

Migrated to UOW Policy Template as per Policy Directory Refresh


20 August 2010

Vice-Principal (Administration)

Review date changed from May 2011 to May 2012


26 August 2010

Vice-Principal (Administration)

Updated to reflect divisional name change from Personnel Services to Human Resources Division


10 January 2012

Vice-Principal (Administration)

Policy reviewed in accordance with Work Health and Safety Act 2011 NSW


17 August 2012

University Council

Scheduled review, inclusion of University Council responsibilities, inclusion of definitions for new terms workers and visitors.