Everyone is responsible for identifying and resolving hazards (a source of harm such as objects that could fall from height or cause someone to trip) during their day to day working or learning activities.
Some of the hazards that are identified are reported within riskware and managed by Nominated Supervisors, in collaboration with other staff, students and others. Staff, students and others also ensure that they understand and apply safe work instructions.
All working and learning areas should be regularly inspected, using a WHS inspection checklist. WHS Inspections are one of the tools that are used by organisational units to identify and resolve hazards. High-risk areas, such as laboratories, are formally inspected at least every three to six months. Lower-risk areas, such as offices, should be inspected at least annually.
Identifying and Assessing WHS Risk
Organisational units identify the risks that are associated with working and learning activities. These risks are reviewed on a regular basis and whenever changes occur within the workplace.
Some of these risks are formally assessed for hazards and risks, using a WHS Risk Assessment Form or another tool such as the Chemwatch Risk Management Module. These risk assessments are conducted whenever it is not immediately obvious what hazards and risks are associated with a working or learning activity, and what the solutions (treatments or controls) are.
Significant WHS and general risks that are assessed and treated (controls) are placed on organisational unit risk registers. These registers are updated by the end of the first quarter, each year.