Procedure: Work health and safety planning, objectives, targets and programs
- Specific – a clear numeric figure (e.g.: 25%, zero injuries)
- Measurable – quantifiable
- Assignable – specify who will do it
- Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources
- Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
- This procedure applies to the University’s annual WHS planning process that is determined for calendar year periods. The annual WHS planning process commences in the last quarter of each calendar year.
- The scope of the procedure includes:
- setting WHS objectives and specific measureable targets;
- setting business and functional level WHS programs to achieve the objectives and targets; and
- monitoring and reporting on the WHS objectives, targets and programs.
- The Associate Director, Work Environment Group develops the University WHS plan for a timeframe appropriate for the WHS operations of the University.
- The Associate Director consults the following documents, data and factors to develop the University WHS Plan, including but not limited to:
- University Strategic Plan and other strategic and organisational documents;
- review of previous year’s WHS performance, including audits, incidents and plans against the set targets and key performance indicators (KPIs);
- changes in legislation and other legal requirements;
- University hazard register, to ensure the hazard scores are as low as reasonably practicable and make recommendations to support reductions to an agreed level by introducing new WHS initiatives in the University WHS Plan;
- leadership and worker involvement; and
- potential strategic changes that are to be considered in response to upcoming changes in legislation, change of processes at the University, technological developments, changes in workforce makeup or changes resulting from audit or incident recommendations.
- The Associate Director, Work Environment Group in consultation with the University WHS Committee ensures relevant stakeholders are consulted on the proposed new WHS plan including objectives and targets as per the WHS communication and consultation procedure.
- The chairpersons for the local WHS committees provide their committees’ recommendations for WHS objectives, targets and programs to the University WHS Committee.
- The Chief Operating Officer as the Chairperson of the University WHS Committee approves the University WHS Plan and sponsors the Plan to be submitted to the Senior Management Group and University Council for noting and recommendation of corrective actions as required.
- The Associate Director, Work Environment Group prepares a University WHS Plan Objectives Rationale Report to inform the University WHS Committee, Senior Management Group and University Council on the selected objectives and targets in the University WHS Plan.
- The Chief Operating Officer as the Chairperson of the University WHS Committee monitors the University’s progress towards the objectives, targets and key priorities set in the University WHS Plan quarterly and reviews the relevance of the University WHS Plan twice a year, taking into consideration change in resources, organisation structure and any other organisational changes.
- The University WHS Committee recommends corrective actions should a local area or the University appear to not meet the University WHS Plan by the last University WHS Committee meeting of the year.
- School Directors, Service Division Directors and each local WHS Committee Chairperson is responsible for ensuring the University WHS Plan is cascaded down to their areas for the development of a Local WHS Plan and for ensuring corrective actions from University WHS Committee are completed within the assigned timeframe.
- School Directors and Service Division Directors monitor the progress of the Local WHS Plan quarterly and review the relevance of the Local WHS Plan objectives and targets at the end of each year.
- This procedure is further explained and supplemented by WHSMS Handbook Chapter 2.1 University WHS Planning and Chapter 2.2 Local WHS Plan.
Training and competency
- There are no training requirements for the setting and managing of WHS objectives, targets and programs, but prior planning experience and knowledge of the University processes is desired.
Legal and other requirements
Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth)
Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (Cth)
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth)
|Printable version (PDF)|
|Title||Work health and safety planning, objectives, targets and programs|
|Purpose||This procedure describes how the Australian National University (ANU) sets objectives, targets and improvement programs for the work health and safety, rehabilitation and claims management systems.|
|Topic/ SubTopic||Health, Safety & Environment - Occupational Health & Safety|
|Effective Date||15 Jul 2019|
|Review Date||15 Jul 2022|
|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