Policy: Fitness for work
- The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy place of work for its staff and others in the workplace. This commitment extends to the University’s obligation as an employer under the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth). A primary responsibility of the University is to facilitate effective management of risk relating to employee fitness for work.
- The University has a responsibility for the provision of a safe, healthy, and productive workplace. Each individual has a responsibility to maintain their personal ‘fitness for work’. University staff are required to attend work in a physical and psychological condition that enables them to perform their work duties in a safe, efficient and productive manner. For people living with disability, safe and competent performance may be achieved with the provision of reasonable adjustments as prescribed under the relevant Disability Discrimination Legislation, the ANU Disability Policy, the Management of Non Work Related Illness and Injury procedure and the Return to Work procedure.
- The University is committed to the following preventative measures to reduce the risk of work related injury and illness:
- perform health assessments where a risk assessment has identified them as necessary;
- facilitate access to health and fitness programs;
- facilitate timely provision of reasonable adjustments for people living with disability as per the ANU Disability policy and other relevant Return to Work procedures;
- facilitate access to Employee Assistance Programs; and
- improve education and awareness in how to promote and maintain fitness for work.
- The University is committed to the following measures:
- pre-employment screening;
- ongoing health monitoring where required by legislation or appropriate as best practice; and
- formal support and assistance in safely managing situations where an assessment of risk in a workplace has occurred and there is an unacceptably high risk to a person’s safety from a lack of fitness for work, or an unacceptable risk to others in the workplace.
Leadership and culture
- The University aims to promote excellence in health and safety leadership and a positive culture of fitness for work through:
- determining, in consultation with workers, appropriate strategies and programs to achieve improvements in fitness for work; encouraging, supporting and promoting strategies and programs aimed at improving and maintaining fitness for work;
- integrating health, safety and wellbeing into all aspects of the University’s business;
- ensuring the University’s fitness for work procedures are reviewed regularly ;
- ensuring confidentiality when managing fitness for work; and
- ensuring workers and supervisors have the necessary resources, skills and knowledge to achieve improved fitness for work.
- Executive: provide leadership to ensure communication and effective implementation of this policy.
- Senior Managers: support managers and supervisors in fulfilling their responsibilities and accountabilities.
- Supervisors: take reasonable actions to monitor the fitness for work of workers within their responsibility. Where a worker does not meet the minimum requirements of fitness for work, ensure that a review is undertaken and reasonable adjustments are considered for the worker to allow for their continued safe participation in work. It is noted that reasonable adjustments within the workplace may not be able to be implemented and a worker can be directed to vacate the workplace if there is an unacceptably high risk to the worker or any other person’s safety.
- Workers: take reasonable care for their own safety and the safety of others as well as comply with any reasonable instruction, policy or procedure of the University in relation to fitness for work. It is the responsibility of the individual to maintain their personal ‘fitness for work’, disclose any factors affecting their fitness for work and to accept reasonable direction from their supervisor regarding reasonable adjustments. Staff and contractors must not attend campus if unwell. If they become unwell when on an ANU campus, they shall inform their supervisor and then go home with as little personal interaction with others as possible.
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|Title||Fitness for work|
|Purpose||This policy is intended to articulate the approach of the Australian National University to its workers and their fitness for work.|
|Topic/ SubTopic||Health, Safety & Environment - Occupational Health & Safety|
|Effective Date||3 Nov 2020|
|Review Date||2 Nov 2023|
|Responsible Officer:||Director, Human Resources|
|Contact Area||Human Resources Division|
Work Health & Safety Act 2011
Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
On 9 April 2021, the ANU Council assigned authority to approve academic policy to the Academic Board.