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Workplace Safety Inspections

Controlling risks arising from workplace safety inspections

Risk controls must be implemented by the principal and/or their delegate in consultation with health and safety representatives and affected school staff.

The principal and/or their delegate must use the completed reporting plan within the checklists (section 2) to facilitate a discussion on next steps and appropriate controls.

The OHS risk management procedure may support this discussion by providing further information on determining the likelihood and severity of risk, appropriate controls and using the OHS risk register.

This discussion must include:

  • prioritising hazards identified, through assessing the consequence and likelihood of an incident occurring
  • identifying appropriate hazard controls
  • depending on the hazards being addressed, engaging contractors or other subject matter experts as required
  • competing priorities and most urgent tasks
  • budget constraints and available funding – refer to the Buildings and Grounds Maintenance and Compliance Policy and the School-Funded Capital Projects Policy for more information regarding repairs and building management
  • clearly stating the controls to be implemented, allocating a responsible person and providing a date for completion
  • reporting all hazards on eduSafe PlusExternal Link , including those risk controls that cannot be implemented immediately, for further action and management.

Workplace safety inspections must be supported by other risk prevention measures such as a culture of near miss, incident and hazard reporting and an effective consultation process.

Includes information on controlling risks arising from workplace safety inspections

Reviewed 22 November 2022

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