Policy Corporate Governance Work, Health and Safety Policy

Work, Health and Safety Policy

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The Work Health and Safety (WHS) policy articulates the University’s obligations and commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment and to continually improve its WHS performance. The WHS policy provides direction, as well as a framework for JCU to achieve the intended outcomes of the WHS management system.


The policy applies to all staff, students (including higher degree by research candidates), affiliates, contractors, suppliers, visitors and members of the public performing authorised work, study or research in connection with or on behalf of the University.

This policy excludes James Cook University (JCU) Controlled Entities.


Except as otherwise specified in this policy, the meaning of terms used in this policy are as per the Policy Glossary.


JCU is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in or affected by its work, study or research activities.

This will be achieved through:

  • Safety leadership at all levels that is demonstrated through actions, accountability and commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our people;
  • Compliance with relevant work health and safety legislation, codes of practice and standards;
  • Continuous improvement of the work health and safety management system to ensure it is practical and captures emerging hazards and risks;
  • Proactively managing ill and injured employees to safely remain or return to work following a work or non-work related injury / illness;
  • Ensuring health and safety risks are identified, managed and mitigated;
  • Ensuring healthy and safe facilities and environments in which our people carry out work, study or research;
  • Embracing innovation and technologies to minimise health and safety risks for our people;
  • Consulting, cooperating and coordinating with our key stakeholders to achieve JCU health and safety goals;
  • Equipping our people with information, training and resources to empower them to manage risks; and
  • Fostering a culture where health and safety is integrated into work, study and research in a positive way.


WHS-PRO-001 WHS Responsibilities Procedure defines the work health and safety responsibilities for all roles at all levels within JCU.


Schedule A – Work, Health and Safety Policy defines the PCBUs, the Work Health and Safety Officers and the Senior Officers of the University.

Related documents and legislation

JCU Work Health and Safety web page

Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation 2011

Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003

Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2014

ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use

WHS-PRO-001 WHS Responsibilities Procedure


NOTE: Printed copies of this policy are uncontrolled, and currency can only be assured at the time of printing.

Approval Details

Policy DomainCorporate Governance
Policy Sub-domainWHS Governance

Policy Custodian

Vice Chancellor

Approval Authority

Work Health and Safety Committee

Date for next Major Review


Revision History


Approval date

Approval authority

Implementation date



22-112/08/2022WHS Committee29/08/2022Major review found the Policy is currently fit for purpose. Amendments to template only.WHS Unit



HSE Sub-committee


Major review following release of ISO45001:2018 OHS Systems and legislative updates. Policy name changed from Health, Safety and Environment to Work, Health and Safety Policy.

Principal Technical Advisor, HSE Unit





Minor amendments: Reference to ‘Standards’ replaced with the word ‘Procedures’;

Deletion of Head, HSE Unit from Schedule A Clause 1.2 (HSE Officers); and

HSE Glossary added to Related policy instruments.

HSE Training & Communications Advisor





Minor amendment – removal of GRW Industries Pty Ltd (subsidiary of NQCC) - GRW Industries (JCU Controlled Entity) has been deregistered.  Approved by Acting DVC S&R






Work Health and Safety Policy revised, streamlined and title changed to current title; amendments to Schedule A - Schedule of PCBUs and HSE (formerly WHS) Officers to reflect changes resulting from the University restructure, to ensure currency and to reflect the situation in controlled entities. Refer to WH&S Committee minutes (2/14).






Amendments approved by Council (refer to item 13 of 07/12/2012 Council minutes for details)






Approved by Vice-Chancellor and Council






Approved by Council



Health, safety environment, PCBU’s

Contact PersonManager, Work Health and Safety