This policy provides a framework for the management and promotion of health, safety and wellbeing (HSW) of students, staff, contractors and visitors to campuses and work locations of the RMIT Group.
Who is it for?
All students and staff in the RMIT Group, visitors to RMIT premises and all contractors, volunteers or any other entity which has entered into an agreement with the University requiring compliance with University policy and procedures, and members of the public
1.1. RMIT is committed to enhancing the health safety and wellbeing of its community and is responsible for providing an environment that ensures the health, safety and well-being of students, staff, contractors and visitors to campuses and work locations of the RMIT Group.
1.2. The Chief Operating Officer is accountable for ensuring that appropriate policies, management systems and training are in place to manage, identify and mitigate risks to HSW.
1.3. The implementation of this policy in entities is the responsibility of:
1.3.1. The Chief Operating Officer of RMIT Australia
1.3.2. The Chief Operating Officer of RMIT Training
1.3.3. The President of RMIT Vietnam
1.3.4. The Executive Director of RMIT Europe.
1.4. HSW is a shared responsibility of all staff, students and visitors in RMIT globally, as well as contractors engaged by RMIT.
2.1. RMIT pro-actively plans the management of the health, safety and welfare of students, staff, contractors and visitors. In planning for the identification of hazards, risk assessments and controls RMIT:
2.1.1. assesses the HSW impact of changes in activities and infrastructure of RMIT
2.1.2. is systematic in approach to risk minimisation
2.1.3. documents identified and potential hazards
2.1.4. documents risk assessments and controls implemented
2.1.5. undertakes routine and non-routine activities.
2.2. Legal and regulatory requirements for health, safety and wellbeing are documented and integrated into:
2.2.1. HSW systems
2.2.2. Communications to staff and contractors.
2.3. HSW objectives for relevant functional roles and areas are documented, and measurements are applied to objectives wherever possible.
3.1. Resources essential to establish, maintain and improve HSW are provided.
3.2. RMIT identifies the training needs of staff in roles that impact on HSW and delivers training so staff can effectively perform their responsibilities.
3.3. Contractors are briefed on relevant HSW matters related to their work and potential effect on staff, students and visitors of RMIT.
3.4. Documentation, reports and measurements are used to improve HSW within a continual improvement cycle.
3.5. RMIT maintains effective communication on HSW matters throughout the organisation.
3.6. Staff participate in consultation on HSW matters, particularly the impact of changes in activities and infrastructure that affect staff.
3.7. Staff in the organisation participate in hazard identification, assessment and remediation of risk.
3.8. Documentation developed for HSW systems is reviewed, maintained and current, has version control and is available to users.
4.1. RMIT will establish and maintain a systematic approach for the management of emergencies that may affect RMIT's people, operations or reputation
4.2. Emergency response processes are routinely tested.
4.3. The range of situations that potentially require emergency response, and the processes, are routinely reviewed and updated with inclusions or deletions.
4.4. Campus Safety & Security division within Facilities and Asset Management is responsible for developing and implementing processes for:
4.4.1. emergency response; and
4.4.2. emergency management.
5.1. RMIT will establish and maintain a systematic approach for the management of incidents that may affect RMIT's people, operations or reputation
5.2. Property Services is responsible for developing and implementing processes for the establishment and mobilisation of a Crisis Management Team (CMT) to provide oversight and direction of Critical Incident management and recovery effort.
5.3. The designated Crisis Management Team Leader will be the Chief Operating Officer, unless this role is otherwise appointed by the Vice-Chancellor and President
5.4. Protocols and processes to be followed for the management of Critical Incidents are set out in the Crisis Management Manual.
6.1. RMIT maintains HSW records as appropriate.
6.2. RMIT routinely reports on HSW performance that includes:
6.2.1. qualitative and quantitative measures
6.2.2. monitoring performance against objectives
6.2.3. internal compliance against the RMIT HSW program
6.2.4. documentation of incidents
6.2.5. the effectiveness of controls
6.2.6. collection of data that informs corrective action and prevention
6.2.7. routinely conduct internal audits.
6.3. RMIT monitors and maintains records of compliance breaches against external legislative and regulatory frameworks.
6.4. RMIT investigates HSW incidents and determines:
6.4.1. deficiencies that cause an incident or recurring incidents
6.4.2. corrective action
6.4.3. preventative action
6.4.4. communicates the outcome of investigations.
8.1. Children brought onto an RMIT campus or work site will be under the supervision of a carer.
8.2. School groups visiting the campus will be under the supervision of teachers and/or carers.
8.3. Activities RMIT provides to School groups in classrooms or laboratories should be designed with HSW as a priority.
Staff should refer to the Health, safety and wellbeing policy suite for more information.
Status & details
Custodian: Chief Operating Officer
- Human Resources
- Property Services
- RMIT Vietnam
- RMIT Training
- RMIT Europe