Occupational Health and Safety requirements

RMIT University is committed to providing and maintaining the highest standard of health, safety and wellbeing for all staff, students, contractors and visitors.

All Australian employers are required by law to comply with Occupational Health and Safety legislation (i.e. Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act). Where students are placed outside of Australia staff should undertake due diligence to ensure that students are placed in a safe environment.

Partner organisation responsibilities

Partner organisations have the primary duty of care to ensure the health and safety of RMIT students during their placement. RMIT University therefore expects that partner organisations will recognise their responsibilities and have systems in place to reduce the risks to the health and safety of students undertaking placements.

Partner organisations must ensure that RMIT students are aware of the following information prior to commencement of a WIL activity that may take place in their workplace setting:

  • Partner organisation’s health and safety policy.
  • Emergency procedures including emergency numbers.
  • First aid arrangements (including names and phone numbers of first-aiders).
  • Procedure for reporting accidents/incidents/hazards.
  • Name and location of health and safety representative of the work area.
  • Details on the process for managing and resolving health and safety issues.
  • Hazards associated with the work place and practical placement activities and the measures in place to control the risks to health and safety. This should include, but not be limited to, safe work procedures, personal protective equipment, training and supervision.

Student responsibilities

While the partner organisation has the ultimate responsibility and duty of care to provide and maintain a safe work environment, including all machinery, equipment and substances, students are expected to do everything reasonably possible to protect their own health and safety and that of others.

While undertaking a WIL activity, students are responsible for:

  • taking reasonable care for his or her own health and safety
  • taking reasonable care for the health and safety of persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions in the placement organisation
  • cooperating with the partner organisation with respect to any action taken to comply with Health and Safety requirements such as;
    • follow all reasonable instructions
    • use any protective equipment provided
    • not put other employees or members of the public at risk of injury or illness; and
    • not work under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Visit the related WIL processes for more information

Process 4 - Perform Due Dillegence (login required)

Process 8 - Monitor WIL Activity (login required)

Process 8.1 - Report an Incident (login required)