3 Implement controls

Once hazards have been identified and risk assessed, the principal and/or their delegate, in consultation with the Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) and employees must ensure a control strategy to either eliminate or control the risk is developed and implemented. Examples include:

  • develop internal policies or procedures as required (for example, wet day timetables, SunSmart UV policy or extreme weather conditions procedure)
  • review traffic and pedestrian management plans
  • identify employees who are required to work outdoors for extended periods of time (for example, maintenance workers, gardeners or Physical Education teachers)
  • implement appropriate control measures to minimise the risks of those exposed to weather extremes or UV radiation for extended periods of time
  • take note of weather reports and enhance control measures when weather warnings are issued
  • check the SunSmart UV Alert to see forecast daily UV levels and the times sun protection is required
  • provide information and training to employees who may be exposed to:
    • extreme hot or cold temperatures (for example, SunSmart posters)
    • UV (for example, Sunsmart)
    • animal or insect bites
    • noxious plants
    • adverse weather (lightning, rain, wind)
  • ensure all employees are aware of the emergency plan including evacuation points and procedures that may be required:
    • at the workplace
    • at other workplaces
    • during a severe weather event
  • ensure those with pre-existing medical conditions are appropriately managing their health and relevant medication, and that equipment is available for the duration of the outdoor activity
  • ensure engineering controls are in place (for example, provision of natural or built shade)
  • ensure appropriate personal protective equipment is available to employees and students (for example, broad-brimmed hats, AS1067 sunglasses, SPF 30+ sunscreen or mosquito nets)
Chapter 3 of the Outdoor Activities and Working Outdoors Procedure on implementing controls for risks associated with outdoor activities in schools

Reviewed 29 June 2020

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