Health and safety

Nelson City Council Health and Safety Policy

Health  and  Safety  is  an  essential  part  of  our  working  environment  and  workplace culture.  This is reflected by our shared values of teamwork, integrity and customer focus in  what we do, as we work together to advance the vision for a Zero Harm culture.

Nelson City Council is committed to providing and maintaining, so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and healthy for all its workers.

Recognising the diverse  range of risks in the organisation,  management  and all workers  will  work together to achieve a safe environment by :

  • All workers ensuring their own safety and ensuring that their actions, or inactions, do not cause harm to others.
  • Assigning and ensuring the understanding of particular health and safety responsibilities to Council managers and workers.
  • Demonstrating Management commitment through visible felt leadership, an understanding of health and safety management principles, providing appropriate personal protective equipment, providing appropriate resources, and providing worker training and induction where required.
  • Workers using appropriate equipment and clothing provided, as and when required.
  • Systematically identifying workplace hazards and managing all health and safety risks to a level as low as reasonably practicable.
  • Actively and accurately reporting, recording and investigating all incidents / accidents and taking appropriate corrective and preventative actions.
  • Providing a focus for the prevention of health, injury and wellbeing impacts in the workplace, including encouraging workers to report any  pain or discomfort as soon as possible and supporting the safe and early return to work of employees following injury or illness.
  • Support employee and  union consultation and participation in health and safety management, including the Health and Safety Committee function.
  • Seeking continuous improvement to Health and Safety systems and practices through a Plan, Check, Do, Act model.
  • Meeting legal and other requirements, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and relevant supporting Regulations, Codes of Practice, Standards and Guidelines.
  • Creating a Just Culture based on the principles of open reporting, and taking a fair and reasonable approach for workers who openly report mistakes and errors.

Management  and workers  will co-operate to ensure our Health and Safety objectives are achieved, we create a safe work environment and a Zero Harm culture.

Signed by Clare Hadley, Chief Executive
Date: 16 January 2016
Next Review Date: 16 January 2017