OHS&W Useful Websites
AISSA does not warrant that the information contained in all or part of any websites referred to is correct, still exists or has not changed. Persons using such websites do so at their own risk. Nor does AISSA imply that any material referred to is able to be copied or downloaded. When referring to websites, users should be aware of any copyright requirements of those websites.
Funding for this project has been provided by Employers Mutual, as WorkCover SA’s claims agent, to assist with the provision of best practice injury prevention in Independent Schools in South Australia. To go to the Employers Mutual South Australian website CLICK HERE.
This part of the AISSA website has been designed with the aim of providing member schools with access to other suitable websites which may enable them to obtain information and guidance relating to Occupational Health Safety and Welfare requirements and systems used by other relevant organisations.
In the construction of the website notice has been taken of the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 (SA) as amended and Regulations and the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare (SafeWork SA) Amendment Act (SA) 2005 as well as standards AS/NZS 4801:2001 and AS/NZS 4804:2001. However the site is not an attempt to prescribe a specific Occupational Health and Safety management system for Independent Schools each of which must still develop its own unique management system of consultation and policy development, planning, implementation, measurement and evaluation, and management review leading to continual improvement in their school.
The site has been divided into three sections:
- Those sites which are generally useful to schools over a wide range of areas
- Those sites which cover the general responsibilities of employers in South Australia regarding Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare
- An index of various topics which might be useful to schools.
Finally, in the interest of keeping the website relevant, users are asked to email Roger Anderson if sites can no longer be accessed or if other useful sites are available. This will not lead to an immediate update of the site but will be used when the site is updated periodically.
- USEFUL SITES - GENERAL
- OTHER SITES - GENERAL
- RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYERS
- OHS & W TOPICS
- Agricultural Studies
- Art Rooms
- Bullying and Harassment
- Camps and Excursions
- Canteens/Tuck Shops
- Confined Spaces
- Contractor Management
- Electrical Safety
- Emergency Access and Egress
- Event Safety
- Evacuation/Lock Down/Lock In
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Regulations
- First Aid
- Food Technology/Home Economics
- Fragile (Brittle) Roofing
- Glass in School Buildings
- Ground Staff
- Hazard Management
- Hazardous Substances (see Chemicals)
- Health and Safety Committees
- Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs)
- High Risk Work Standards
- Home Economics (see Food Technology/Home Economics)
- Induction and Training
- Infectious Diseases (Response Plan)
- Interstate and Overseas Trips
- Ladders (see Working at Heights)
- Lock Down/Lock In (See Evacuation/Lock Down/Lock In)
- Machine Guarding
- Manual Handling
- Noise at Work
- Notifiable Incidents
- Office/Administrative Employees
- Performing Arts
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Physical Education (see Sport)
- Plant Management
- Psychological Health
- Residual Current Devices (RCD's) (See Electrical Safety)
- Responsible Officers
- Risk Assessment
- Safety Inspection Checklists
- Safe Work Procedures
- Science Laboratories
- Stress Management (see Psychological Health)
- Students at Risk - Anaphylaxis, Asthma etc
- Tagging and Testing Electrical Equipment
- Technology Rooms (see Workshops)
- Unserviceable Machinery - Tagging and Disposal
- Voice Management
- Working at Heights
USEFUL SITES - GENERAL
This site provides a variety of information across a range of employment issues. Go to the >OHS button to open a range of relevant items including:
- Event Safety
- Hazard Management
- Health and Safety committees
- Health and Safety Representatives
- Managing Safety
- Reporting Accidents and Incidents
This site has useful information relating to rehabilitation and compensation as well as prevention. Go to the >Employers button at the top of the home page for topics such as:
- Reporting injuries
- Suitable duties
- Browse the forms at the bottom left hand of the page.
Go to >Safety and Prevention>Your Industry>Education Sector for a useful outline of managing OHS&W in Education.
There may be other useful areas in this site, but the area referred to above does provide a simple overview.
OTHER SITES - GENERAL
This is a very comprehensive site for Non-Government Schools in
Go to Safety Manuals for an abundance of policies and procedures as well as a Workshop and Technology Machinery Safety Manual.
Go to Updates (Circulars and notices) for a variety of documents, the most useful are;
- Chemical Safety guidelines
- Risk assessment Guides
- Safe Work Procedures (SWP) Guides
Go to Resources for items such as:
- OHS Information Sheets (Eye Safety, Manual handling etc.)
- Position Information Documents
- Bullying and Harassment
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Victoria
Go to Occupational Health and Safety under Health and Safety.
This is an interesting website that takes you in to each area of the school and provides the resources that are needed for that part of the school.
Additional information is available by going to OHS and Site-map above the school.
Australian Safety and Compensation Council
A variety of information that may be useful in particular circumstances, or to access each States’ Health and Safety websites.
Click on >Health and Safety Topics for specific issues.
Australasian Legal Information Institute
For all the legal databases from Australian jurisdictions plus links to others.
This site will probably not be all that useful at the school level, but may be of use in tracking down a particular or recent decision.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYERS
Go to the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act.
While all sections of the Act are relevant, the following may be the most useful:
- Section 19 – Duties of employers
- Section 20 – Provision of Health and Safety Policies and Procedures
- Sections 26-34 – Health and Safety Representatives and Committees
- Section 55A – Bullying and Harassment
- Section 59C – Liability of officers of corporations
Go to “Employer Responsibilities” on the AISSA Compliance Website.
This will provide a detailed summary on employer responsibilities as well as useful links.
Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1995 (SA)
Go to the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations.
The most relevant regulations appear to be:
- 1.3.1 - 1.3.7 Responsibilities of Employers
- 2.1.1 Access and Egress
- 2.2.1 – 2.18.1 Employers duty to control risk
- 4.1.9 – 4.1.20 Employers duties relating to hazardous substances
- 4.2.1 – 4.2.12 Asbestos
- 6.1.1 – 6.2.1 Health and Safety Representatives and Committees
Follow the links >Resources>OHS Publications Index>Workplace Health and Safety Handbook
The handbook provides a comprehensive cover for all employer responsibilities that are covered in the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act and Regulations.
Follow the links >OHS>Safe Work Management Program.
This outlines the benchmarks for employers in South Australia.
OHS & W TOPICS
Department for Education and Child Development Follow the links to >Resources>OHS&W Manuals>Visual Arts for a comprehensive manual covering all the visual arts.
Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1995 (SA) Go to >Current>Division 4.2-Asbestos.
SafeWork SA Go to OHS>Asbestos for all the information about asbestos in South Australia including its removal and a list of firms licensed to remove asbestos and check air quality.
AISSA Compliance Go to Asbestos on the AISSA Compliance Website.
Department for Education and Child Development SA Go to >Policies & Procedures>Asbestos Management Procedure for a detailed and comprehensive coverage of asbestos management.
Catholic Education SA Go to Safety manuals>Asbestos Policy and Procedure for a complete policy and procedure on all aspects of asbestos in schools in South Australia.
Bullying and Harassment
Catholic Education SA Go to Safety Manuals>Bullying and Harassment for policy and procedure in this area. Note that this will not necessarily be appropriate in its existing format for all schools, but it may provide a start for developing policy and procedures.
Go to Resources>Bullying, Harassment Discrimination> Responding to Bullying in the Workplace for a useful Power Point presentation on the topic. This may require modification for individual schools
Camps and Excursions
Australian Safety and Compensation Council This site provides similar information plus a link to Australian Standard AS2865-1995
Emergency Access and Egress
Evacuation/Lock Down/Lock In
Catholic Education SA Click on Resources>OHS Information Sheets>Fire Safety
Food Technology/Home Economics
Fragile (Brittle) Roofing
Glass in School Buildings
SAI Global go to >Publications and enter the Australian Standard that you are searching for. Note that you will only be able to view the first page of the actual standard without purchasing it.
Hazardous Substances (see Chemicals)
Health and Safety Committees
AISSA Compliance go to Health and Safety Representatives and Committees on the AISSA Compliance Website.
SafeWork SA Go to OHS>Health and Safety Committees for a coverage of
- Committee Functions
- Establishing a Committee
- Committee Meetings
- Committee resources and FAQs
- Committee training – the Health and safety handbook is available here
Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs)
AISSA Compliance Go to Health and Safety Representatives and Committees on the AISSA Compliance Website.
SafeWork SA Go to OHS>Health and Safety representatives for a complete coverage of HSRs including:
- HSR functions and powers
- Electing a HSR
- HSR resources and FAQs
- HSR training
- Resolving health and safety issues
Note that the HSR portal (available only to registered HSRs) is accessible here.
Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1995 (SA) Go to Division 6.1 of the Regulations covering Health and Safety Representatives.
High Risk Work Standards
Home Economics (see Food Technology/Home Economics)
Induction and Training
Infectious Diseases (Response Plan)
Interstate and Overseas Trips
Ladders (see Working at Heights)
Lock Down/Lock In (See Evacuation/Lock Down/Lock In)
Department for Education and Child Development SA Click on >Machine Guarding for a comprehensive coverage of this topic including:
- A list of approved DECS plant
- Fact sheets
- Hazard Alerts
- Standards for machines
SafeWork SA Go to OHS>Hazard Management>Manual Handling for a variety of resources including
- Manual handling Booklet
- Risk Factor Checklist
- Brochures on lifting, Repetitive Work and Stressful Postures
- Click on Office Equipment for information on Computer Station Guidelines
Noise at Work
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Physical Education (see Sport)
Residual Current Devices (RCD's) (See Electrical Safety)
Safety Inspection Checklists
Safe Work Procedures
Stress Management (see Psychological Health)
Students at Risk - Anaphylaxis, Asthma etc
Tagging and Testing Electrical Equipment
Technology Rooms (see Workshops)
Unserviceable Machinery - Tagging and Disposal
Working at Heights
Catholic Education SA Go to Safety Manuals>Workshop & Technology Machinery Safety Manual for a complete manual on all aspects of workshop safety. This includes:
- Risk Identification, Assessment and Control
- Layout of workshops
- Purchase and disposal of plant and equipment
- Workshop Safety
- Use of Personal Protective Equipment
- Tagging and Locking out Machinery
- Details on a range of machines used in school workshops
Department for Education and Child Development SA go to >Resources>OHS&W Manuals>Design and Technology for a complete Manual on all aspects of safety including:
- Practical Activities and Safety
- Workshop layout and design
- Safety Issues relating to machinery
- Hazardous Substances