WHS Risk Management
The objective of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation is for employers and employees to cooperate to develop a safe work environment by providing regulations and guidelines for each party to fulfil their duty of care in managing risk.
The School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) is pro-active to ensure the safety its staff and students and have developed OHS procedures to manage the risks in SPREE. It is important for staff and students to be well informed in SPREE OHS procedures and comply with the SPREE Risk Management Procedure. Below is a number of important OHS information source:
SPREE Risk Management Procedure and Safe Operating Procedure and Risk Assessment
SPREE Risk Management Procedure is the main document which provides SPREE staff and students SPREE risk management procedures. Below are also two useful sources of OHS information:
- UNSW OHS Policies and Procedures in the UNSW OHS website.
- Governmental OHS related Acts and Regulation, Standards, Code of Practise and other useful resources, click here.
The overall SPREE Risk Management Procedure is illustrated in the diagram below:
SPREE has developed Safety Operating Procedure and Risk Assessment Templates (SOPRA) to assist SPREE staff and students document and develop safe working procedure through a systematic methodology of assessing risks and developing practical control measures. A User Guide to how the templates are to be used is available.
Once a SOPRA has been completed and authorised,
- the SOPRA is uploaded into the SPREE OHS Central Records FTP site;
- the control measures to be implemented.
There are also OHS Workplace Inspection that SPREE OHS Committee perform on a regular basis.
The risk in SPREE is reviewed either:
- on a 52 weeks scheduled review
- on a needs basis due to an reported/identified concerns, incident or impromptu actions.
These review/updates will then be documented and uploaded into SPREE OHS Central Records FTP site.
OHS Consultation and SPREE Occupational Health and Safety Committee
The general OHS Consultation Procedure is as follows:
- First consult your supervisor;
- If OHS concerns are unresolved, consult your OHS representative.
In addition, there is:
- an OHS segment at the monthly SPREE Overview Meeting (usually held at 2 pm on the fourth Wednesday of each Month except December in Room EE 417);
- staff and students may submit agendas to the SPREE OHS Committee Quarterly Meeting.