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Work Health and Safety (WHS)

The University's Work Health and Safety Management System (Health and Safety Management Arrangements) is based on AS/NZ 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems - Specifications with guidance for use. This system replaces the ANU document 'Health and Safety Management Arrangements (HSMA), 2009'.

Management commitment

The success of the University's Health and Safety Management Arrangements (HSMA) depends on commitment from all levels and functions within ANU, especially from senior management. Senior management must enable the effective implementation of the HSMA throughout the whole of ANU.


Planning includes: ensuring all staff, students, contractors and visitors understand their legal obligations, developing and implementing WHS objectives and targets, and developing risk management (safe work) procedures. ANU shall identify all the WHS hazards and risks associated with its business, research and teaching activities and implement appropriate controls.

Implementation and operation

The successful implementation of the University's HSMA involves the appropriate allocation of applicable resources, and commitment from all staff, students, contractors and visitors. HSMA resources and responsibilities are not to be confined to a particular function but be evident across all applicable functions within ANU.

Measurement and evaluation

The monitoring and measurement of the HSMA performance is an essential activity in verifying continued compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements. Factors that can cause personal injury and illness need to be identified, measured, evaluated and appropriate corrective action implemented to eliminate or at least significantly reduce the risks associated for any given activity.

Management review

To ensure the HSMA maintains currency with legislative requirements, senior management must regularly review work health and safety. WHS must be a standing agenda item on any senior executive or equivalent meeting to ensure the integrity of the HSMA. Deans and Directors must authorise and take appropriate actions to ensure they meet stated objectives in compliance with legislative, regulatory and HSMA requirements.

Updated:  11 December 2014/Responsible Officer:  Director, Human Resources/Page Contact:  HR Systems