Safety Guide

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St.xxx Primary School
Occupational Health and Safety Policy

Responsibility
This policy recognises that the health and safety of all employees, students, contractors and visitors within St.xxx primary school is the responsibility of the Principal. In fulfilling this responsibility, the Principal has a duty to provide and maintain so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risk to health. This includes:

i. providing and maintaining safe plant and systems of work ii. making and monitoring arrangements for the safe use, handling, storing and transport of plant substances iii. maintaining the work place that is safe and without risks to health iv. providing adequate facilities for the welfare of all employees and students v. providing such information, training and supervision for employees and contractors enabling them to work in a safe and healthy manner

The Principal (under delegated responsibility from the Parish Priest) is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of this policy.

The health and welfare of all employees at St.xxx is of major concern and to that end, we are committed to the provision of a workplace that is safe and without risks to health, and to the prevention of workplace injury and illness.

In fulfilling the objectives of this policy, the Principal (under delegated responsibility from the Parish Priest), is committed to regular consultation with employees to ensure that the policy operates effectively and that health and safety issues are regularly reviewed.

Duties
St.xxx primary school will take all reasonable practicable steps to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, students contractors volunteers and visitors.

The Principal (under delegated responsibility from the Parish Priest) is responsible for the effective implementation of the school’s health and safety policy and shall:

▪ observe, implement and fulfil its responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations that apply within the state ▪ ensure that the agreed procedures for regular consultation between the Principal through the Parish Priest and those with designated and elected health and safety functions are followed ▪ ensure that all specific policies operating within St.xxx, are periodically revised and are consistent with school health and safety objectives ▪ provide relevant information, training and supervision for all employees in the correct use of plant, equipment and substances used within the school ▪ ensure that all employees, students, contractors and visitors inform the school of incidents and accidents occurring on the school premises so that health and safety performance can be accurately gauged

All Employees
▪ have a duty to take reasonable care of which they are capable for their own health and safety and of others affected by their actions of work ▪ should comply with the safety procedures and directions agreed between the Principal, employees and with the elected occupational health and safety representative ▪ will not wilfully interfere with or misuse items or facilities provided in the interests of health, safety and welfare of school employees and students ▪ must act in accordance with agreed school procedures for accident and incident reporting and report potential hazards to the Principal

Contractors

Outsourcing work to contractors does not remove an employer’s occupational health & safety obligations. St.xxx School shall, as far as practicable, ensure that a contractor and its employees: • Carry out their work in safe premises using proper and safe plant and equipment • Employ systems of work that are safe and in which there has been adequate instruction, training and supervision. For the purposes of this policy, contractors engaged to do work in the school also have obligations to ensure safe work practices and shall...
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