RATIONALE

Providence Christian College (‘The College’) is committed to providing a workplace that is safe, caring, and healthy under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (WA) 1984 (‘the OSH Act’), and minimising hazards for all our staff, students, parents, caregivers, community members, contractors, volunteers, and other persons who are legally present on the College premises.

POLICY

Providence Christian College will put in place procedures and processes to:

  1. Develop, promote and maintain a safe and healthy environment for all members of our community;
  2. Create a culture of safety and awareness in furtherance of our values and commitment to student wellbeing;
  3. Ensure availability of adequate resources, financial and human, to support this policy. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

College Principal

  1. Provision and maintenance of a working environment where staff, students and community members are safe and healthy, and not exposed to foreseeable hazards;
  2. Implementation of the College Health and Safety Management Plans to reduce hazards and risks, while seeking to continually improve safety and health in the workplace;
  3. Ensure compliance with this Policy;
  4. Oversee provision of information, training and supervision to staff and students concerning:
  • Health and safety risks, and the responsibility to follow safe practises;
  • Reporting and investigation of hazards and near-misses;
  • Rectification of identified hazards. 

Staff

Under Section 20 of the Act staff are required to –

  1. Take reasonable care for their own health and safety, and to follow instructions on safe work practices; and
  2. Avoid adversely affecting the safety or health of any other person through any act or omission at work.

A staff member will contravene this Section of the Act if they:

  1. Fail to comply, as far as reasonably able, with instructions given by the Principal, or the College OH&S Committee on behalf of the Principal, for the safety or health of the staff member themself or any other persons;
  2. Fail to use such protective clothing and equipment as is provided or provided for, by the College, in a manner in which they have been properly instructed to use said equipment or clothing;
  3. Wilfully or recklessly misuse or damage any equipment provided in the interests of health and/or safety;
  4. Fail to report to the Principal or the OH&S Committee: 
  • Any situation in the workplace that can constitute a hazard to any person, and that the staff member cannot correct;
  • Any injury or harm to health of which the staff member is aware and arises in the course of, or in connection with, their work. 

Students, staff, and others present on College premises

  1. Cooperate with the College OH&S Policy and related procedures;
  2. Report any hazards or accidents as soon as possible;
  3. Respect and appropriately maintain College equipment.

Occupational Health and Safety Committee 

The College OH&S Committee: 

  1. Meets once per term
  2. Reviews incidents/near-misses recorded since the last meeting;
  3. Designates and oversees safety audits utilising Worksafe’s Education Checklist;
  4. Evaluates audit outcomes and findings, and allots treatments;
  5. Discusses and disseminates legislative changes/updates and related requirements.

The Committee consists of two (2) members of the College Leadership Team, one (1) OH&S Representative, and at least two (2) staff representatives from teaching and/or non-teaching staff. 

The OH&S Representative is elected in accordance with the OSH Act and is not liable for accidents/incidents that occur in the workplace. All staff are eligible for election and will serve for a period of at least one year but no more than three years.

PROCEDURES 

All suspected and/or identified hazards and accidents/incidents are required to be reported in EMS360 for review by the leadership team.

Recorded incidents are discussed during quarterly OH&S Committee meetings, and appropriate actions/treatments determined.

Training in First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma is coordinated on a roster basis across the whole College to include teaching and non-teaching staff as well as support staff. A First Aid certificate, specifically for an educational setting, is valid for 3 years after which automatic inclusion in the next available training session will be scheduled. 

Student Services staff are the designated College First Aid Officers and receive appropriate training for this role. 

Recording of all serious student incidents and accidents is utilising the Student Accident Report Form and stored in SEQTA. On completion of this process any potential OH&S recommendations are recorded in EMS360 for review by the Committee. 

Hazardous materials are stored securely, labelled appropriately, and registers kept by the Head of Department for the following:

Administration, Maintenance, Science, Hospitality, Cleaning, Design & Technology, and Art

The Property Team assists with lifting/moving of furniture – heavy items should not be moved without assistance from another adult. 

Care is taken to remove any trip hazards on/around carpets, chairs and mats, and to store/lay power cords safely and securely. 

Step ladders are used for storage/removal of objects above shoulder level, NOT CHAIRS OR DESKS. 

Emergency exits are kept clear and easily-accessible at all times.

Registers are kept of the following: 

  • Staff attendance/absence, 
  • Student absences, 
  • Keys, 
  • Visitors (including relief teachers, volunteers, parent helpers and contractors), 

The following will be reported to WorkSafe Western Australia according to their guidelines: 

  • Workplace fatality of a staff member by calling 1800 678 198
  • Injuries that will be reported via WorkSafe’s online notification form include:
  • a fracture of the skull, spine or pelvis;
  • a fracture of any bone in the arm (other than in the wrists or hand) or in the leg (other than a bone in the ankle or foot);
  • an amputation of an arm, a hand, finger, finger joint, leg, foot, toe or toe joint;
  • the loss of sight of an eye; and
  • any injury other than the above which, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, is likely to prevent the employee from being able to work within 10 days of the day on which the injury occurred.
  • Infectious diseases: tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, Legionnaires’ disease and HIV, where these diseases are contracted during work, involving exposure to human blood products, body secretions, excretions or other material which may be a source of infection; and
  • Occupational zoonoses: Q-fever, anthrax, leptospirosis and brucellosis, where these diseases are contracted during work involving the handling of, or contact with, animals, animal hides, skins, wool, hair, carcases or animal waste products.