TAFE Queensland is committed to providing a safe, healthy and productive working environment for all people who work, study, visit our campuses or have the potential to be affected by our activities. TAFE Queensland will strive for Zero Harm at Work, meaning 'no harm to anyone, any time while at work'. The health, safety and wellbeing of our people is integral to the achievement of our strategic goals.
Outlines the principles and obligations of TAFE Queensland with regards to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and forms part of the overall framework designed for managing WHS within TAFE Queensland.
Principle 1: TAFE Queensland is committed to ensuring continuous improvement with respect to our Work, Health and Safety (WHS) objectives and performance, compliance with WHS legislative requirements, eliminating work related injury and illness and eliminating or minimising WHS risks throughout our operations.
Principle 2: The development and implementation of the WHS Policy by management is an important component of a Work Health and Management System (WHSMS) including complying with relevant work health and safety legislation and other requirements placed upon TAFE Queensland.
Principle 3: TAFE Queensland will facilitate the successful implementation and operation of the WHSMS through establishing and continually improving effective planning processes supported by well-defined and measurable targets and outcomes.
The Chief Human Resources Officer and General Manager SkillsTech are accountable for administering Work Health and Safety for TAFE Queensland under the terms of this policy.
This policy applies to:
4.1 TAFE Queensland's commitment to WHS will be demonstrated by staff at all levels of the organisation. The performance of TAFE Queensland's WHSMS will be regularly reviewed by senior executive and the Board to ensure:
4.2 TAFE Queensland will establish and maintain a WHS Statement of Commitment, authorised by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and senior executive clearly stating TAFE Queensland's overall WHS objectives and commitment to improving WHS performance in accordance with current WHS legislative requirements and Zero Harm at Work goals. Specifically, TAFE Queensland's WHS Statement of Commitment will:
4.3 An annual review of TAFE Queensland's WHSMS will evaluate the overall performance of the WHSMS, the effectiveness of controls, compliance with WHS objectives and targets and relevant legislation in order to ensure the ongoing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the WHSMS. A combination of lag and lead indicators will be used to facilitate measurement and analysis of WHS and business performance across all levels of TAFE Queensland. Outcomes of the annual review will be incorporated into the overall business planning strategies.
5.1 The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for:
5.2 The Chief Human Resources Officer shall be responsible for:
5.3 General Managers shall be responsible for:
5.4 Managers shall be responsible for:
5.5 Workers shall be responsible for:
Statistics used by TAFE Queensland to measure loss or reactive WHS risks and issues. These include measures such as Lost Time Injury Frequency Rates (LTIFRs), workersâ compensation costs or incident occurrence rates.
Statistics used by TAFE Queensland to measure and assess how successful TAFE Queenslandâs WHS management system is performing through monitoring those processes and activities designed to produce positive WHS outcomes and performance. Lead indicators can be used to measure WHS systems, processes, management activities and compliance with WHS practices and standards within TAFE Queensland. They are a good indication of how well TAFE Queensland is performing at preventing injuries and illness.
A person who has responsibility for the activity being performed or the area the activity is occurring in including senior executive, directors and executive directors.
As per section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001 is a person who makes, or participates in making decisions that affect the whole, or a substantial part, of the organisationâs activities. A TAFE Queensland Officer has been defined as members of the TAFE Queensland Board, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Chief Academic Officer (CAO), Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and the Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU):
A person conducting a business or undertaking alone or with others, whether or not for profit or gain. A PCBU can be a sole trader (e.g. a self-employed person), a partnership, company, unincorporated associated or a government department of public authority (including a municipal council). Specific to TAFE Queensland, a PCBU includes TAFE Queensland operating as a statutory body as well as other PCBUs interacting with or engaged by TAFE Queensland such as, but not limited to independent contractors, manufactures, designers and suppliers.
WHS Management System (WHSMS):
That part of the overall management system which includes organisational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing and maintaining the WHS policy, and so managing the WHS risks associated with the business of TAFE Queensland.
WHS Statement of Commitment:
A general statement of managementâs intent and expectation on the importance of WHS for TAFE Queensland.
Related Policy Instruments
Implementation Date: 17 February 2015
Review Date: 30 January 2016
Governance, Planning and Legislation, TAFE Queensland
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