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Health and safety planning

22 November 2023

All our faculties and service units are covered by an executive health and safety plan. The depth and the complexity of the plan is determined by the areas covered, the types of activities undertaken, and the nature of the risks and hazards that need to be managed. Learn more about health and safety planning at UC.


Schools with high risks are expected to have their own plan specific to the risks managed. Areas of lower risk may be adequately covered by the overall plan for the Faculty or Service Unit. The key consideration is that the plan has appropriate level of detail to effectively manage risk and set out key performance objectives. There is no one-size fits all.

Health and Safety plans are aligned to the Health and Safety Strategy and the University of Canterbury Health and Safety Policy.

Health and Safety Planning is part of a continuous cycle where the plan is regularly reviewed for effectiveness and for the regular resetting of objectives.

Health and Safety Planning Flow Chart

Executive Health and Safety Plans can now be developed and managed within Assura. There are three key elements which align to the Health & Safety Implementation Plan 2021-2024:

  • Lead Health and Safety, and Wellbeing
  • Manage Hazards and Risks
  • Engage in Health and Safety

 An Executive Health and Safety Plan should include:

  • Objectives aligned with the Faculty or Service Unit’s Safe365 recommendations.
  • Objectives aligned with any of the Top 5 (T5) risks relevant to the Faculty or Service Unit
  • Reference to the things considered to be the greatest risks and how these are going to be managed.
  • 'SMART' objectives. All objectives should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.  

Executive Health and Safety Plans should be reviewed annually as part of Monitoring Health and Safety Performance.

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