Workplace health and safety
The National Gallery of Australia (the Gallery) recognises that corporate goals are achieved through healthy and productive employees, and acknowledges that the health, safety and welfare of employees is of primary importance.
It is the Gallery’s policy to strive for the highest health and safety standards to achieve best practice in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). The Gallery is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for all of its employees, in accordance with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991.
Best practice in OHS does not occur by chance; it is the result of careful attention to all corporate activities by those who are directly and indirectly involved. Consultation with all parties at all levels in the Gallery can achieve a high standard of OHS at all times.
The Gallery requires its employees not to work in conditions which the employees have reasonable cause to believe are unhealthy and unsafe, and requires employees to inform responsible persons of unsafe conditions and or practices.
The objectives of the OHS policy, as far as is reasonably practicable, are to:
- provide and maintain a healthy and safe working environment for all employees;
- prevent accidents, injury, illness, disease and dangerous situations in the workplace;
- promote awareness and understanding of OHS at all levels;
- foster and maintain an effective and cooperative relationship between the Gallery, its employees and involved unions on health and safety matters in the workplace; and
- protect the health and safety of other persons at or near Gallery workplaces.
The National Gallery of Australia (the Gallery) is committed to managing the reduction of the level of risk to:
- the national collection, and loans of works of art in the care of the Gallery
- all stakeholders and the public
- the Gallery’s employees and their skills
- the environment in which the Gallery operates
- the quality of services supplied by the Gallery
- the Gallery’s assets and intellectual property
- the Gallery’s contractual and statutory obligations
- the Gallery’s image and reputation
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