Policies and procedures

Policy No.
Occupational Health And Safety
Authoring Organisational Unit
Safety, Health and Wellbeing
Date Approved
Next Review Date
Approving Body
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor And Registrar

The University of Western Australia

University Policy on: Work Health and Safety Policy

Purpose of the policy and summary of issues it addresses:

This policy is a statement of the commitment, scope, responsibilities and objectives of the University of Western Australia with respect to management of work health and safety.


In this policy,

The University means The University of Western Australia

Workplace is any location where tasks or activities are carried for or on behalf of the University

Risk Management is the process of identification of hazards, estimation of related risk of injury or illness and implementation of mitigating control measures.

Policy statement:


The University of Western Australia strives to provide a healthy and safe work environment. This is not just a moral and legal responsibility but also a prerequisite for it to achieve its primary mission to teach, conduct research and promote scholarship at the highest international standards through the attraction and retention of high quality staff, students and other working partners. This commitment to protecting people and property also extends to ensuring the University's operations do not place the community at risk of injury, illness or property damage.


This policy is applicable to all persons who carry out tasks and activities under the auspices of the University of Western Australia including those conducted off-campus.


The University of Western Australia, its Senate, Senior Management and other Officers are committed to the University's safety management system and accountable for ensuring a safe, supportive, protective and healthy working environment. This will be achieved to the highest standards by ensuring that health and safety management is a key priority in all areas of planning, implementation, measurement and review within our places of work.

All persons are required to take reasonable care of their own health and safety at work and ensure that their own acts and omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other people at work. They must also comply with any reasonable instruction including work health and safety policies, procedures and other directives and report all hazards, incidents and injuries.


The University will ensure compliance with legislation, industry standards and best practices by:

  • providing and maintaining safe workplaces, plant and systems of work;
  • adopting a risk management approach which is consistent with the nature of tasks and activities;
  • providing information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure safe systems of work;
  • ensuring that nominated safety personnel are adequately trained and supported;
  • consulting and cooperating with health and safety representatives, workers and others;
  • providing and maintaining personal protective equipment as required; and
  • continuously reviewing and improving its safety performance.

Related forms: (Link)

Policy No:


Approving body or position:

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor

Date original policy approved:

February 1997

Date this version of policy approved:

12 May 2012

Date policy to be reviewed:

12 May 2017

Date this version of procedures approved:

TRIM File No:


Contact position:

Associate Director - Safety and Health

Related Policies or legislation:

UWA Safety and Health website