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pdf WHS PRO 008 Managing Workplace Stress Popular

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) recognises that Workplace stress can have serious, negative consequences for both workers and the organisation and is to be minimised. The purpose of this procedure is to endeavour to provide a healthy and safe workplace that is free from workplace harassment, violence and stress. To this end, the ACBC will endeavour to:

  • work with supervisors who have identified workplace stressors and conduct risk assessments to eliminate stress or control the risks from stress. These risk assessments will be regularly reviewed as part of the health and safety risk assessment process
  • provide training for all supervisory staff in good management practices
  • provide a confidential Employee Assistance Program for workers affected by stress

pdf WHS PRO 033 Standing Operating Procedures Popular

The aim of this procedure is to ensure that:

  • Current versions of local WHS documents are available and accessible.
  • Obsolete versions of local WHS documents are removed
  • There is a standard method for controlling versions of local WHS documents.

pdf WHS PRO 016 Personal Protective Equipment Popular

The purpose of this procedure is to give guidelines on the selection, provision, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment.

pdf WHS PRO 037 Smoke free Workplaces Popular

The purpose of this procedure is to help minimise worker exposure to tobacco smoke while in the workplace.

By legislation, smoking is prohibited in most enclosed workplaces.  In the workplace, smoking can contribute to a reduction in productivity and increased sick leave among workers that smoke.  Smoking in the workplace is also a fire hazard.

Tobacco smoking is the leading single cause of preventable death and illness in Australia. Smoking affects each system of the body in some way, causing reduced oxygen carried in the blood, decreased lung function and narrowing of airways and blood vessels. Smoking can cause lung disease, cancer, heart attack and stroke.

Environmental tobacco smoke (passive smoking) can affect smokers and non-smokers alike. Irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs from environmental tobacco smoke can be particularly harmful to those with asthma or other respiratory conditions.

There is no recognised safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.

pdf WHS PRO 032 Job Safety Analysis Popular

This procedure is gives guidance on how to complete a Job Safety Analysis (JSA). JSAs are specific to work performed in a particular location or situation. Independent contractors who are required to carry out work on Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Agencies premises are required to complete a JSA. In particular JSAs are required for completion of certain high risk activities such as hot work, impairment/isolation of fire prevention systems, electrical work (high voltage), work at heights and work in confined spaces. For this reason this procedure must be read in conjunction with WHS-PRO-031 Management of Independent Contractors and WHS-PRO-024 Permits to Work.

Associated document:

document WHS032 Job Safety Analysis Worksheet (334 KB)

pdf WHS PRO 034 Prevention of Bullying Harassment Popular

The aim of this procedure is to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to:

  • Prevent bullying and harassment
  • Provide a healthy and safe environment for all staff, contractors and visitors
  • Manage all reported incidents of bullying and harassment through effective procedures
  • Make employees aware of assistance available to them in instances of bullying and harassment.

Associated document:

pdf ACBC Workplace Bullying and Harassment Policy (171 KB)

pdf WHS PRO 030 WHS Training and Competency Popular

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has a legal obligation to provide workers with training in work health and safety, in order to assist in achieving our duty of care for the health, safety and welfare of our workers. The purpose of this procedure is to outline some of the training that ACBC provides and ways to access this training.

pdf WHS PRO 027 Monitoring WHS Performance Popular

Work Health and Safety is monitored in order to:

  • assess compliance of the ACBC’s WHS management system with the requirements of WHS legislation in various jurisdictions
  • assess the extent of implementation of the ACBC’s WHS management system in the operations and activities of ACBC Agencies, and
  • to determine the implementation and effectiveness of the ACBC’s WHS policy and procedures in eliminating workplace incidents and injuries

Monitoring WHS performance helps us to identify causes of WHS deficiencies so that we can allocate the appropriate resources to address them. The purpose of this procedure is to outline the ways in which we monitor Work Health and Safety performance at Australian Catholic Bishops Conference workplaces.

pdf WHS PRO 035 Work Related Violence Popular

This procedure gives guidance on prevention of work-related violence

pdf WHS PRO 020 Emergency Procedures Popular

The aim of this procedure is to ensure that:

  • There are adequate processes to deal with emergencies at ACBC agencies
  • Appropriate training is given to all staff that have been assigned a role in the control of emergencies at ACBC workplaces
  • Awareness training on emergency procedures is given to all workers at ACBC workplaces

pdf WHS PRO 036 Drugs and Alcohol and Fitness to Work Popular

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference:

  • Is committed to providing staff with a safe, productive and supportive environment in which to work
  • Recognises that drug use and/or alcohol consumption may have a negative influence on the health, work and social relationships of workers
  • Fosters a workplace culture that supports healthy lifestyle choices

This procedure focuses on the influence that the consumption of alcohol and use of drugs have on workers’ fitness to work and ways to maintain workers’ fitness to work.

pdf WHS PRO 002 Compliance with Legislation Popular

All ACBC agencies must comply with statutory obligations under Work Health and Safety legislation. The aim of this procedure is to ensure that:

  • There is a process for regularly identifying the legislation that applies to ACBC agencies.
  • There is a process for developing and implementing policies and processes as required by legislation.
  • There is a process for monitoring compliance with legislation.

pdf WHS PRO 025 Working off Site Popular

Australian Catholic Bishop Conference (ACBC) workers may be required to work off site which could mean working in a different location to the office or workplace than that specified in your letter of offer, working interstate or working overseas.

The purpose of this procedure is to outline the steps to be taken to assess and control the work health and safety risks which may arise from working off site.

Associated documents:

document WHS001 Risk ID, Assessment & Control (344 KB)

pdf WHS PRO 026 Working from Home Popular

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) workers may be given approval to work from home as part of a flexible working arrangement in order to balance family and work obligations.

The purpose of this procedure is to outline the steps to be taken to assess and control the work health and safety risks which may arise from working from home.

Associated document:

document WHS017 Home based Work Risk Assessment and Control (511 KB)

pdf WHS PRO 038 Access Control and Physical Security Popular

This procedure outlines processes which should be in place to prevent unauthorised access to ACBC controlled workplaces.

pdf WHS PRO 010 Hazardous Substances & Dangerous Goods Popular

The purpose of this procedure is to set out the basic principles for managing the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous substances and dangerous goods at ACBC workplaces. The overarching principle is to provide a systematic method for identifying and controlling potential chemical hazards in order to minimise the risk of adverse health and safety effects to people, the environment or property.

Associated documents:

document WHS018 Identification of Hazardous Substances & Dangerous Goods (375 KB)

document WHS019 Risk Assessment & Control Hazardous Substances (345 KB)

document WHS020 Risk Assessment & Control Dangerous Goods (345 KB)

document WHS021 Register of Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods (366 KB)

pdf WHS PRO 004 Health and Safety Representatives Popular

The purpose of this procedure is to ensure that there is a process in place for the workers to be represented by Health and Safety Representatives chosen by them, to consult with the employer on matters relating to Work Health and Safety

pdf WHS PRO 041 Workers Compensation Popular

This procedure sets out the process to assist injured employees to claim Worker's Compensation

The aim of this procedure is to ensure that:

  • Reasonable effort is made to provide safe and healthy workplaces for ACBC workers
  • Reasonable steps are taken to prevent further injuries
  • Rehabilitation and Return to Work commences as soon as possible after an injury/illness
  • Injured workers are supported by their supervisor and co-workers during the Return to Work proces

pdf WHS PRO 040 Rehabilitation & Return to Work Program Popular

The aim of this process is to ensure that:

  • Reasonable effort is made to provide safe and healthy workplaces for ACBC workers
  • Reasonable steps are taken to prevent further injuries
  • Rehabilitation and Return to Work commences as soon as possible after an injury or illness
  • Injured workers are supported by their supervisor and co-workers during the Return to Work process

Associated documents:

document WHS010 Return to Work Plan (361 KB)

document WHS011 Offer of Suitable Employment (357 KB)

document WHS012 Authority to Release Medical Information (328 KB)

document WHS013 Letter to Treating Practitioner (25 KB)

pdf ACBC Rehabilitation and Return to Work Guidelines (172 KB)

pdf WHS PRO 039 Worksafe Inspectors, WHS Entry Permit Holders & ARREOs Popular

This procedure outlines the process for dealing with Worksafe (or Safework) Inspectors, WHS Entry Permit holders and Authorised Representatives of Registered Employee Organisations (ARREOs).