Health and Safety

Employee Participation

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Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation Scheme

The Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation Scheme outlines the mechanisms in place at Victoria to ensure that staff members are provided with opportunities to participate in improving work health and safety, including ensuring they are supported and represented in health and safety matters that affect them.

Health and Safety Committee

The Health and Safety Committee has representation from across the University. It is chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design.

The Health and Safety Committee meets every 2 months. The committee supports positive Health and Safety practices within University departments, schools and central service units and provides a mechanism to enable employees to participate in the management of Health and Safety in the workplace.

The University's Safety, Risk and Assurance team are professional advisors and technical support to the Committee. The Committee is made up of trained staff who represent schools, departments and central service units.

If you would like to attend the Health and Safety Committee meetings please email safety@vuw.ac.nz

The University's Health and Safety Committee will meet on the following dates in 2018.

  • Tuesday 11 December, 11.00am, AM 101
Terms of Reference of the Committee:

You can access the Health and Safety Committee's Terms of Reference here. The document outlines the committee's function, function of the safety specialists and the committee's membership.

Minutes of the Committee meetings are available for all staff:

Current Health and Safety Representatives

Health and Safety Representatives are the most important way in which employees can participate in the health and safety of their workplace. They are a contact point for individual School/Unit in health and safety matters. View the current list of Health and Safety Representatives at Victoria University.

The functions of a Health and Safety Representative as described under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 are:

  • represent views of Victoria's staff from their work group in matters relating to health, safety and wellbeing;
  • investigate complaints from staff in their work group regarding health, safety and wellbeing;
  • if requested by a staff member to represent the staff member in relation to a matter relating to health, safety or wellbeing (including a complaint);
  • monitor the measures taken by the University that are relevant to health, safety and wellbeing;
  • to inquire into anything that appears to be a risk to the health, safety or wellbeing of staff in the work group arising from the conduct of Victoria's business;
  • make recommendations relating to work health, safety and wellbeing;
  • to provide feedback to Victoria about whether the legislative health, safety and wellbeing requirements are being complied with;
  • to promote the interest of staff in the work group who have been harmed at work, including in relation to arrangements for rehabilitation and return to work.