Role and Responsibilities of Managers

Managers at Massey effectively carry out the health and safety duties of the PCBU which is the University. Managers also have personal duties as  "workers".

The key primary duties from the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 that managers are responsible for ensuring the University provides are:

  • A safe workplace for all workers when working for the University
  • A systematic Hazard/Risk Management System
  • Ensure all plant, fixtures and fittings are safe
  • Provide information, supervision, training and instruction - keep records of the training
  • Ensure provision of and access to workplace facilities
  • Emergency response plans
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Accident and incidents recorded and investigated
  • Ensure there are elected health and safety representatives

Procedures for monitoring staff health, and the provision of Personal Protective Equipment can be viewed on the University Policy Guide web site.

Managers may choose to delegate the work  involved with health and safety but cannot delegate the responsibility. For example managers must ensure that accidents to their staff are investigated and they must sign off the investigation. The actual investigation and remedial actions put in place may be delegated to another person.

It is the managers responsibility to ensure that training and supervision for workers undergoing on the job training is provided by skilled and experienced staff.

Managers should read the Managers Guide to Health and Safety and become familiar with Policies and Procedures.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 also includes duties of Officers. It is an Officers responsibility to exercise due diligence to ensure that the University is complying with health and safety duties. Officers are likely to be Council members, The Vice Chancellor and potentially members of the senior leadership team. 

Other Responsibilities below

Model accountability statements and core guidelines for Safety Committees are provided

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