ACIG Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Policy
The Australian Continuous Improvement Group (ACIG) recognises it has a responsibility to provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and without risks to individual health and welfare. This responsibility extends to all employees, associates, contractors and visitors to ACIG’s work site.
The directors of ACIG are committed to providing a safe working environment through the implementation of risk prevention and reduction strategies that are integrated into all business activities. A consultative, co-operative approach between employees and management on OH&S issues will be encouraged.
- To comply with OH&S related legislation.
- To minimise the occurrence of injury and illness through systematic hazard identification, risk assessment and control.
- To investigate accidents (including serious near misses) with a view to preventing recurrence.
- To maintain written records on all OH&S activities undertaken.
- To implement staff health and wellbeing strategies.
- To provide a Return to Work (RTW) program for employees in the event of injury or illness.
- Adequate resources will be provided to support this policy.
As employers, the directors of ACIG have direct responsibility for ensuring the policy objectives are fulfilled and that the necessary resources are provided to achieve effective implementation.
Employers’ direct duties under the OH&S Act also include:
- Providing and maintaining safe plant and systems of work.
- Making arrangements for the safe use, handling, storage and transport of plant and substances.
- Maintaining the workplace in a safe and healthy condition.
- Providing adequate facilities for staff welfare.
- Providing such information, instruction, training and supervision to staff to enable them to perform their work in a safe and healthy manner.
The Managing Director is the OH&S management representative by default, however a management team member with appropriate seniority may be nominated by the Managing Director to act as the employer’s OH&S representative in an operational capacity (i.e. OH&S Co-ordinator) but the overall responsibility cannot be delegated. The nominated OH&S management representative may not also act in the role of elected staff Health and Safety Representative (HSR) as per section 21 (4ca) OH&S Act).
Project Managers and Assignment Team Leaders are responsible for the health and safety performance of staff and associates within their team.
This responsibility extends to:
- Maintaining the workplace in a safe condition and reporting any hazards identified.
- Actively promoting and implementing agreed OH&S procedures.
- Identifying OH&S training needs of both individual staff and the team as a whole.
All staff have a responsibility to:
- Take reasonable care of their own health and safety and the health and safety of others affected by their acts or omissions.
- Report hazards, accidents or incidents (near misses) in accordance with agreed procedures.
- Follow established safe working procedures.
ACIG is committed to ensuring this policy is publicised and implemented and will regularly monitor and review its effectiveness.