General Policy

The work health and safety of all workers within Business On A Page Gateway, including employees, suppliers, volunteers, and contractors as well as clients and visitors are considered important. Resources in line with the importance attached to work health and safety will be made available to comply with all relevant Acts and Regulations and to ensure that the workplace is safe and without risk to health.

Management Responsibility

The promotion and maintenance of work health and safety is primarily the responsibility of management. Management at all levels is required to contribute to the health and safety of all persons in the workplace. To this end, it is the responsibility of management to develop, implement and keep under review, in consultation with its workers, the organisation’s WHS Programs.

Specific Responsibilities

a) Officers

Officers are responsible for ensuring that this organisation meets its obligations under Work Health and Safety Legislation by using all due diligence to understand the nature of the work and associated hazards and ensuring that appropriate resources are allocated to control any identified risk.

b) Senior management

Each manager is required to ensure that this policy and any WHS Programs is developed and effectively implemented in their areas of control, and to support supervisors and hold them accountable for their specific responsibilities.

c) Managers and supervisors

Each front-line supervisor is responsible, and will be held accountable, for taking all practical measures to ensure that:

  • WHS Programs are complied with in their areas of control
  • Workers are supervised and trained to meet their requirements under these programs
  • WHS risk are identified and control measures implemented
  • Workers are consulted on issues which affect their health and safety and any concerns they may have adequately addressed in a timely manner and/or are referred to management.

d) Workers

All workers including volunteers, agency staff and contractors are required to co-operate with the WHS Policy and Programs to ensure their own health and safety and the health and safety of others in the workplace. All workers will receive induction training and task specific training where appropriate. All workers are expected to comply with all policies and procedures and any reasonable instructions from managers. These requirements will be written into contractor and agency contracts.

e) Clients and visitors

All clients and visitors in our workplaces (including the client’s home and community environments) have a responsibility to ensure that their actions or failure to act does not put themselves or our workers at risk and to follow any reasonable instructions that we may give including providing all relevant information and allowing for relevant risk assessments to be undertaken.

Work Health and Safety Programs

In order to implement the general provisions of this policy, a program of activities and procedures will be set up in line with business capacity, requirements and responsibilities, continually updated and effectively carried out. The programs will relate to all aspects of work health and safety including:

  • WHS training and education;
  • Provision of information, training, and supervision to workers;
  • Undertaking of risk assessments and reporting of hazards;
  • Development of safe work procedures;
  • Emergency procedures and drills;
  • Development of lone worker safety guidelines;
  • Provision of WHS equipment, services and facilities;
  • Regular inspections and evaluations; and
  • Reporting and recording of incidents, accidents, injuries and illnesses.