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Work Health & Safety Committee

Chair - Executive Director, People and WellbeingMr Chris Smyth
Executive Dean, College of Sciences &, Engineering Professor Brian Yates
Director, Menzies Institute for Medical ResearchProfessor Alison Venn
Associate Dean, Global Australian Maritime College Governance OfficeProfessor Shuhong Chai
Chief Operating OfficerMr David Clerk
Executive Director, Student Experience (Student Retention and Success)Mrs Stephanie Taylor
TUSA Student PresidentMiss Sharifah Syed-Rohan
Two Safety Representatives (North)Ms Nicole Dobber
Ms Jen Nolan
Two Safety Representatives (South)Ms Wenneke ten Hout
Mrs Leesa Borojevic 
One Safety Representative (North West)Mr Steve Boon
Other Attendees:
Director Safety Leadership - People and WellbeingMr Chris Arnold
Associate Director, Facilities Management - ISDMr Matt Smith
Director, Audit and RiskMs Margie Archer
Manager, Work Health and Safety - People and WellbeingMrs Clodagh Moy
Administrator, Work Health and Safety - People and WellbeingMs Kathie Ashton
Phone: +61 3 6226 6298 Fax: +61 3 6226 2791
Email: health.safety@utas.edu.au

The Work Health & Safety (WHS) Committee is a University committee established in line with the requirements of the Tasmanian Work Health and Safety Act 2012.

A key objective of the Committee is to ensure that the University recognises the need for continuous improvement of its work health and safety performance for the workforce and the student community.

The Committee supports the University by using approved risk management strategies, being informed of WHS best practice and by engaging with the University stakeholders to promote excellence in WHS work practices throughout the University.

The Committee also aims to assist the University to be distinctive among its peers by identifying, developing and implementing strategic solutions that foster positive safety culture growth within the many workplaces of the University.

The University of Tasmania WHS Committee is the overarching University work health and safety committee. It generates University wide WHS policies, minimum standards, procedures and guidance in order to provide direction and support for University of Tasmania management, staff, students, volunteers and contractors working at the University workplaces and carrying out university approved offsite work including university collaborative arrangements with other parties.

The Committee is not responsible or accountable for the WHS management at the Organisational Unit level. This duty of care responsibility remains with the respective University of Tasmania Officers.

Unresolved Organisational Unit WHS issues can be addressed by the University of Tasmania WHS Committee.

  1. promote excellence in WHS management;
  2. ensure that the University's WHS framework is consistent with and aligned with the University's broader strategic planning processes;
  3. undertake WHS consultation and oversee the implementation and conduct of the WHS consultation process across the University;
  4. ensure a proactive approach to work health and safety management across the University;
  5. provide a strategic framework that will allow for Organisational Units to fully achieve WHS statutory compliance based on best practice and continuous improvement;
  6. review each Organisational Unit's work health and safety performance;
  7. assist with the development, implementation and monitoring of University-wide WHS policies, minimum standards, procedures and guidelines;
  8. review the University's work health and safety policy and procedural framework at least every three years to determine whether it continues to meet the University's current and emerging needs and to identify the requirement for new policies and procedures;
  9. promote work health and safety awareness and health and wellbeing initiatives throughout the University;
  10. promote opportunities that increase the University's WHS capability to excel in WHS practice;
  11. review serious accidents and incidents and make recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor to eliminate or minimise the likelihood of a recurrence;
  12. where appropriate, advise the UTAS critical response team;
  13. receive and take appropriate action arising from reports received from WHS Sub-Committees, Faculty WHS Committees, Health and Safety Representatives and student representatives.

View the full  Work Health and Safety Committee Terms of Reference (PDF 622KB)

The committee recognises that the Manager WHS has , in addition to any other internal reporting lines for that position, a direct reporting line to the Chair of the University of Tasmania WHS Committee as and when required, in the course of carrying out the functions of that position.

The University of Tasmania WHS Committee has an ongoing lifecycle.

On an annual basis if not more frequently, the University of Tasmania WHS Committee will review its performance against its Terms of Reference and report its findings to the University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor.

2018 meeting dates for the Committee are:

  • Thursday, 8th March - 10.00am to 11.00am - VC Council Room, Admin Bldg, Sandy Bay Campus/VC Meeting Room 2, Newnham, CCC, Menzies TBA (skype will also be available).
  • Tuesday, 19th June - 10.30am to 11.30am - VC Council Room, Admin Bldg, Sandy Bay Campus/VC Meeting Room 2, Newnham, CCC, Menzies TBA (skype will also be available).
  • Thursday, 27th September - 10.30am to 11.30am - VC Council Room, Admin Bldg, Sandy Bay Campus/VC Meeting Room 2, Newnham, CCC, Menzies TBA (skype will also be available).
  • Wednesday, 5th December - 10.30am to 11.30am - VC Council Room, Admin Bldg, Sandy Bay Campus/VC Meeting Room 2, Newnham, CCC, Menzies TBA (skype will also be available).

The WHS Committee also has two subcommittees:

and currently one Working Group:

  • Smoke Free Implementation Working Group