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 Work Health and Safety

​​​​The AIS offers a range of services to member schools that address the ever-increasing requirements of governments and regulatory authorities.

The key services offered by the AIS Workplace Management Team include advice, audits, inspections, investigations and courses in:

  • Compliance
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Risk Management
  • Workers Compensation

For information on Audit and Inspection Services Click here

Independent Schools Work Health and Safety
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Is your school looking for a comprehensive library of WHS documentation specifically designed for schools?

ISWHS provides school specific WHS policies, procedures, guidelines, forms and checklists designed for schools to be able to adapt to their own system.

ISWHS is a subscription service, which also includes access to online e-learning modules, safety alerts, information on WHS cases and a regular newsletter service.

The system is constantly being reviewed an updated to keep it current with emerging legislation and the best practice guidance from AS/NZS 4801 OHS Management Systems Standard. Click here to access further information on subscribing.

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NSW Fire Alerts and Briefings

NSW Rural Fire Service briefing for the 2016-17 season and links to information on Fire Warnings, Fires Near Me map and other Emergency Management resources are found on the Emergency Management page

Remotely Piloted Aircraft – Drones

AISNSW has received a number of enquiries relating to the use of drones in schools and we have developed an information sheet regarding their use in schools. The principal issues relating to the operation of drones relate to safety of the user and others who may be affected by its operation, aviation regulations and potentially privacy legislation.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft (Drones).pdf

(November 2016)

GHS Update - May 2016

SafeWork NSW have issued some updated documents on becoming GHS compliant that reflect changes to the WHS Regulation which are yet to be passed, and affect the re-labelling of current stocks of chemicals.

The Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals is a new system, which replaces the existing system for classifying hazardous substances and dangerous goods in the workplace. NSW businesses have until 31 December 2016 to become GHS ready.

Safe Work Australia has agreed to amend the regulations 341 and 342 of the WHS Regulation 2011 to allow existing NOHSC labelled chemicals to be kept by end-users past 31 December 2016 without re-labelling.

For schools and in particular science departments, this means there is no longer a requirement as an end user, to re-label the existing stock purchased prior to 1 January 2017. However, the stock does still need to be labelled in accordance with the previous legislation and NOHSC : 2012 Code of Practice. This does not affect the requirement to have up-dated Safety Data Sheets that reflect GHS.

GHS What you need to know.pdf

Are you GHS Ready.pdf

Health and Safety Alert - Asbestos in mineral kits

A safety alert  has been released by the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities to advise of the reported presence of asbestos rock samples contained in some "mineral kits" purchased by schools. These kits have been sold throughout Australia and continue to be available for sale online.

Some mineral kits have been found to contain asbestos under a variety of names, including serpentine, amosite, tremolite and chrysotile, occasionally referred to by the name of leucotile. Some earlier mineral kits (dating from the 1970's) produced by the former Geological Specimen Supplies company may also contain asbestos. The "Lustre" mineral kits may include the blue asbestos mineral crocidolite as an example of fibrous lustre.  

The safety alert provides information on what do with these samples if you identify them in the school and where to get further information.

Safety Alert- Asbestos mineral kits - 9 November 2015.pdf

Chemical Safety

Do you know what the school's obligations regarding chemical safety are?

Are you looking for guidance on dealing with chemicals at school? 

Visit our Chemical Safety in Schools page for up to date information, checklists, guidance documents and links to resources and Chemwatch GoldFFX. We also have access to the old Chemical Safety in Schools package available.

WorkCover NSW reforms in force from 1 September 2015

Legislative changes proposed for NSW under the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015, have now passed legislation and been officially proclaimed by the Governor of NSW, as in force as of Tuesday 1 September 2015.

This Act addresses the inherent conflict of interest between the operation and regulation of workers compensation and allows for a dedicated focus on work health and safety.

The organisations created by this Act are:

  1. SafeWork NSW the independent work health and safety regulator
  2. State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) the independent insurance regulator
  3. Insurance & Care NSW a single customer-focused insurance and care service provider.

Further information about the reforms is available at www.insurancereforms.nsw.gov.au.

SafeWork NSW website:www.safework.nsw.gov.au
(September 2015)

Science and Technology

The Science and Technology Risk Management and Assessment for Practical Activities Guideline has  been written to support teachers and schools to provide the best learning experiences in a safe working environment. A systematic risk management approach should be undertaken to eliminate and minimise risks. Incidents that result in injury to students and staff will cost the school, may damage the environment and are likely to lead to the loss of the school’s reputation, as well as valuable education time.

This document will also help schools to become more aware of their legislative obligations around managing risks and applying their WHS processes to a variety of situations. Emphasis is placed on managing the risks of hazardous chemicals and plant, and examples of potential hazards are given. It should be noted, however, that these examples do not constitute a definitive list. An example of a risk assessment template is provided to support the recording and documenting of the risk management process in the context of science and technology. Visit the Chemical Safety in Schools page.
(March 2015)