Work Health & Safety Policy

Purpose

Settlement Services International Limited (SSI), and its subsidiary entities, is committed to providing a safe workplace, as far as is reasonably practicable, and implement safe systems of work for all workers, clients, and others persons visiting any SSI sites or locations.

Scope

This policy applies to all SSI workers, including board members, employees, volunteers, students, consultants, clients and visitors regardless of their position in the organisation.

Principles

SSI adopts a risk management approach, including:

  • Ensure the business complies with legislation relating to health and safety
  • Hazards and risks to health, safety and welfare are identified, assessed and, where they cannot be eliminated, are effectively controlled as far as reasonably practicable
  • Adopt a trauma informed approach to our people and others
  • Provide safe systems of work which will assist managers, workers and volunteers to carry out their work safely and contribute to the health, safety and welfare of all persons in the workplace
  • Workers and volunteers will be consulted and participate in the decision making process on matters which directly affect their health, safety and welfare at work
  • Workers and volunteers will be provided with the appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision to carry out their role and responsibilities in a safe manner.

Responsibilities

Managers, Line Managers and Team Leaders will:

  • Ensure the business complies with legislation relating to health and safety
  • Implement and maintain SSI Health and Safety Management System within their area of responsibility
  • Provide and maintain, as far as reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without harm to health safety and wellbeing
  • Consult with and involve workers on matters relating to health, safety and wellbeing
  • Provide suitable injury management and return to work for injured workers.

Workers, Visitors and Clients will:

  • Take reasonable care for their own personal health and safety and the safety of those who may be affected by their actions or omissions
  • Follow and co-operate with applicable SSI health and safety policies, procedures and reasonable direction given by management
  • Participate in safety training
  • Report health and safety hazards, near miss, incidents or injuries within 24 hours
  • Use equipment provided for work in a safe manner and as instructed
  • If a worker is operating from different locations (e.g. Migrant Resource Centre, School, Community Centre), they should also comply with the health and safety policies and procedures that directly affect them within their scope of work.

Issue Date: April 2019
Next Review: April 2020