Controlling the risks

Once hazards have been identified, the principal or their delegate, in consultation with the health and safety representative (HSR) (where elected) or relevant school staff, must ensure that the level of risk associated with the activity is eliminated or reduced so far as is reasonably practicable.

Some examples of controls include:

  • developing local policies or procedures as required (for example, Sun Protection policy) – refer to the School Policy Templates PortalExternal Link (staff login required)
  • identifying staff in roles that are required to regularly work outdoors for extended periods of time and consult with them on potential risk management strategies based on their individual needs. This could include providing staff in roles that have been identified as requiring to work outdoors with information and training related to the hazards they will be exposed to
  • ensuring the school’s existing Emergency Management Plan addresses site specific outdoor hazards that could lead to an emergency or a critical incident
  • ensuring all staff understand the school’s Emergency Management Plan response procedures, including evacuation routes and assembly points
  • nominating a building (Shelter-in-Place building) to provide last resort temporary sheltering option if at risk of bush fire, in accordance with the Shelter-in-Place Buildings policy
  • monitoring weather reports and enhancing control measures when weather warnings are issued
  • checking the SunSmart UV Alert to see forecast daily UV levels and the times sun protection is required and implement appropriate control measures to minimise the risks of those exposed – refer to the Sun and UV Protection policy for further guidance
  • supporting school staff to use appropriate personal protective equipment (for example, broad-brimmed hats, AS1067 sunglasses, SPF 30+ sunscreen (minimum), long, loose-fitting clothing or mosquito nets)
  • ensuring school staff are aware of first aid procedures and have access to adequate first aid facilities – refer to the First Aid for Students and Staff policy
  • ensuring natural or built shade is available
  • reviewing traffic management plans – refer to the Traffic Management policy
  • ensuring school grounds are regularly inspected and maintained – refer to the Buildings and Grounds Maintenance and Compliance policy.
Includes information on eliminating or reducing risks once they have been identified

Reviewed 27 September 2023

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