Procedure: Work health and safety documentation management
- This procedure applies to all documents, data and records generated to meet compliance with the WHS Management System. WHS documentation includes, but is not limited to:
- the Safety Management System Manual and the Rehabilitation Management System Manuals;
- WHS Management System documents (policies, procedures, guidelines and forms);
- WHS Management System Handbook and associated templates, such as risk assessment template and safe work procedures;
- audit reports, registers, plans and programs;
- training records;
- data collected for WHS monitoring;
- notices and correspondence received from a regulatory body; and
- other relevant documentation.
WHS Management System document design, implementation and maintenance
- All WHS Management System documents produced by the University will have a unique filename for identification. WHS documentation provided to the University by an external source is stored with a unique filename for identification.
- All WHS Management System documents are written using the relevant template and in accordance with the University writing style guide.
- All WHS Management System (WHSMS) documents are controlled in accordance with the Policy governance procedure and recorded in the WHS Legal and Other Requirements Matrix (used as the Management System document register). Each one will clearly state the document identification, version number and revision date.
- Detailed document control for different types of documents are specified as below:
- WHSMS documents in Policy Library use the document control specified by Policy Library;
- WHSMS documents in the WHSMS Handbook such as Chapters, templates and information sheets use the document control specified in the footer of each of the Chapter;
- other documents such as Hazard and Risk Assessment and Safe Work Procedures that are created using WHSMS Handbook templates comply with the WHSMS Handbook document control format;
- locally created WHS documents such as guidance materials or registers use the document control format specified in WHSMS Handbook; and
- meeting agendas and minutes comply with the template format and document control specified by Digital Communications.
- All document controls specified above consist of the following as minimum:
- title of the document;
- responsible Officer and Approved by Position (Policy Library) or Approved by Person (WHSMS Handbook);
- effective date (Policy Library) or release date (WHSMS Handbook);
- review date; and
- version number.
Approval and communication for WHS Management System documents
- Following consultation:
- all WHS Management System documents in Policy Library, are approved per the Policy governance procedure;
- all WHSMS Handbook Chapters are approved by Associate Director, Work Environment Group; and
- other documents such as Hazard and Risk Assessment, Safe Work Procedures or locally created documents such as registers are approved by the position specified in WHSMS Handbook.
- Local WHS Committee Chairs ensure all relevant stakeholders and workers are notified of new WHS Management System documents or changes to documentation through relevant mediums.
Reviews and changes to WHS Management System documents
- WHS Management System documents are reviewed on a planned and unplanned basis. Planned reviews occur once every three years as per the Policy governance procedure .
- Changes can be requested at any time with Work Environment Group. Changes can also arise from incidents or as the result of audits, changes in legislation, business processes or other requirements.
Archiving and records
- WHS Management System documents that are superseded or repealed are removed from the accessible parts of the Policy Library or Health and Safety website and archived by the Policy Manager or Work Environment Group and recorded in the WHS Legal and Other Requirements Matrix (used as the Management System document register).
- All other WHS documentation is stored and archived in the Electronic Records Management System (ERMS) as per the Records and archives management policy and retained for the periods identified in each WHSMS Handbook Chapter (Examples are shown in Table 1). The responsibilities, disposal and access to records are defined in the Records and archive management procedure.
- All WHS Management System documents, associated procedures, risk assessments and safe work procedures will incorporate WHS legal and other requirements in accordance with ANU WHS Legal and Other Requirement Matrix.
- Examples of record management are listed in Table 1. Additional record management are specified in each WHSMS Handbook Chapter.
Action following retention period
Actions resulting from WHS processes (investigations, inspections, management reviews) and related completion evidence
10 years after the completion of the action
Audit reports, action trackers
10 years after all corrective actions completed
Retain – No expiry
Test results, action trackers
10 years after the next review or in case of hazard registers, 10 years after entry
Incident reports, claims reports, supporting documents, action trackers
Legal and other requirements
Legal and other requirements matrix, certificates of compliance, registration
Maintenance record of plant/equipment, infrastructure, safety devices and emergency facilities
Monitoring records, Doctor’s certificates, calibration certificates, certifications, data
No expiry for health, 7 years for other
Objectives, targets, plans and programs
Annual plans, annual objectives, annual WHS programs
10 years from the date of entry
WHS Management System documents
Policies, procedures, guidelines and forms
WHS advisory documents (Local areas)
Local area protocols or specific instructions
Permit to Work
10 years after the permit ceases
Prestart Equipment Checklists
Vehicle, Forklift, Laboratory
Record of contractor engagement and compliance checks
Annual Reports, internal reports (Council reports, WHS committee minutes)
Position descriptions, performance reviews, training records, training plans, qualifications
WHS Committee Meetings including Advisory Groups
Minutes, Agenda, Corrective Actions
WHS data and documentation management
- All WHS data and documentation is captured and stored in the University’s relevant enterprise management systems in accordance with WHSMS Handbook Chapter requirements.
Training and competency requirements
- There are no training requirements for the creation or for requesting of changes to WHS documentation. However, subject matter experts are involved in the review of WHS documentation.
- This procedure is further explained in and supplemented by WHSMS Handbook Chapter 5.2 Document Control and Record Management.
|Printable version (PDF)|
|Title||Work health and safety documentation management|
|Purpose||This procedure describes how the Australian National University (ANU) establishes, implements and maintains documentation for the work health and safety, rehabilitation and claims management systems (WHS).|
|Topic/ SubTopic||Health, Safety & Environment - Occupational Health & Safety|
|Effective Date||20 Sep 2021|
|Review Date||20 Sep 2026|
|Responsible Officer:||Director, Human Resources|
|Approved By:||Chief Operating Officer|
|Contact Area||Human Resources Division|
Work Health & Safety Act 2011
Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011