Work Health and Safety
William Carey Christian School prides itself on having an award winning, comprehensive Work Health and Safety System. Our safety system has been designed to meet the legislative responsibilities of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. We have a deep desire to care for the safety of our staff, students and visitors when they come to William Carey. Our efforts were recognised when we were awarded the 2006 Workcover NSW Safe Work Awards for Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System. Since then, we have continued to deliberately invest time and energy into the system.
The school’s management recognises the significance of having a safety system that permeates the culture of the school. As such, they have appointed staff that are dedicated to managing Work Health and Safety at our school. These staff members are responsible for the day to day running of the safety system. Supporting the management team are our safety representatives. These are teaching and auxiliary staff who have the responsibility of being consulted on current issues, analysing safety data and planning future safety events. We also recognise the need to have a “student voice” in regards to safety. As such, we have student safety representatives who meet regularly throughout the year.
The underlying approach to safety at William Carey is a risk management approach. All practices in the school are risk assessed and appropriate controls are put in place and monitored. Staff are also trained in all aspects of safety. We hold safety training programs with staff every staff development week, which occur twice a year. Students are taught about, and use, the risk assessment process through their Science lessons in High School.
Our system recognises that safety is best achieved when everyone understands their role in regards to safety. We encourage all who work or visit William Carey to actively contribute to our safety system.