Occupational health safety and welfare
Statement of Purpose:
Bicycle SA considers the appropriate management of occupational health, safety and welfare as ranking equally with all other operational processes.
Bicycle SA aims to minimise the risk of injury and ill health to its employees and other individuals by adopting a planned and systematic approach to the management of occupational health, safety and welfare and developing strategies for its successful implementation.
The objectives of this policy are to ensure:
- All hazards and risks to health and safety are identified, assessed and where they cannot be eliminated are effectively controlled;
- Measures to control hazards and risks to health and safety are regularly monitored and evaluated;
- Employees participate and contribute to the decision making process on occupational health and safety matters affecting their health and safety at work;
- Managers and employees receive information, instruction, training and supervision they require to safely perform their responsibilities;
- Non English speaking employees receive information, instruction and training in a language they understand
Bicycle SA will achieve its occupational health, safety and welfare objectives by developing and implementing appropriate policies and procedures which document standards and guide managers and employees in performing their responsibilities in:
- identifying hazards and risks to health and safety associated with tasks and activities performed by Bicycle SA;
- assessing the degree and level of risks arising from hazardous tasks or activities;
- selecting, implementing and maintaining appropriate measures to control risks to health and safety;
- identifying, developing and providing appropriate information, instruction and training to equip managers and employees with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet their responsibilities;
- developing, implementing and monitoring plans to put Bicycle SA's health and safety policies and procedures into effect.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Chief Executive Officer as the responsible officer has the overall responsibility to provide a healthy and safe workplace for employees and will ensure adequate resources are provided to meet the health and safety objectives and implement strategies.
In particular the Chief Executive Officer shall ensure:
- Appropriate health and safety policies and procedures are developed and implemented to enable the effective management of health and safety and control of risks to health and safety;
- mechanisms are provided which enables the identification, development, implementation and review of appropriate health, safety and welfare related policies and procedures;
- mechanisms are provided to enable employees and their representatives to be consulted on any proposals for, or changes to the workplace, work practices, policies or procedures which may affect the occupational health, safety and welfare of employees;
- managers are provided with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively enable them to carry out their health and safety responsibilities;
- mechanisms are provided to enable the assessment of managers' health and safety performance;
- occupational health and safety performance is an integral component of Bicycle SA's business and financial plans;
- mechanisms are provided to regularly monitor and report on health and safety performance;
- annual health and safety strategic plans are developed and implemented to meet health and safety objectives.
Managers have a responsibility in their areas of control to ensure that:
- they perform their roles and responsibilities as detailed in the relevant health and safety policies and procedures;
- relevant health and safety policies and procedures are effectively implemented;
- all risks to health and safety are identified, assessed and effectively controlled;
- the effectiveness of risk control measures are regularly monitored and deviations from standards rectified;
- employees have adequate knowledge and skills to perform their health and safety responsibilities;
- employees and their representatives are consulted on any proposals for, or changes to the workplace, work practices, policies or procedures which may affect the health and safety of employees.
Employees have a legal duty to take care to protect their own health and safety and to avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of any other person.
Employees have a responsibility to:
- report any incident or hazards at work to their manager
- perform their roles and responsibilities as detailed in the relevant health and safety policies and procedures;
- comply with any reasonable instruction aimed at protecting their health and safety while at work;
- use any equipment provided to protect their health and safety while at work;
- assist in the identification of hazards, the assessment of risks and the implementation of risk control measures;
- consider and provide feedback on any issues which may affect their health and safety;
- ensure they are not affected by alcohol or another drug which may endanger their own or any other persons' health and safety.
Review of Policy:
The Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Policy shall be reviewed annually and involve assessing the effectiveness of the policy by such means as:
- Reviewing overall health and safety performance
- Monitoring the effectiveness of policies and procedures
- Ensure that Policy remains current and relevant to Bicycle SA's standards of practice