Health and Safety

 

 
Lutheran Education Queensland (LEQ) through its electronic system provides communication and templates to its member schools to review and refine their OHS systems and practices. Templates are built and kept current using the services of a third party OHS specialist consultant.The Risk Services Manager visits schools and provides mentoring and training. Questions and answers over the dedicated OHS electronic forum are encouraged with model answers being provided where necessary by an OHS specialist consultant. Electronic compliance items are constructed and run to ensure notification of tasks to the appropriate persons is made and escalation of non compliance built in.

Evidence that schools are using good practice methods is monitored by the Risk Services Manager on a regular basis and each school has to submit their compliance to the LEQ through its School Improvement Plan as part of its accreditation as a non government school and also in its annual compliance profile.Education as an industry is highly networked in many areas and OHS can build on the networks that already exist. LEQ representatives regularly attend and provide ideas and resources to many peak body meetings which include: Schooling and Child Care Advisory Group to the Community Service Standing Committee of WHSQ, the Independent Schools Queensland OHS Network Group, regional meetings of the Safety Institute of Australia. Representatives are also regular speakers at the Schools Safety Conference held each year since 1996.

LEQ representatives are asked on both a formal and an informal basis to provide ideas and support to OHS practitioners in education outside the Lutheran sphere.Schools by design and practice strive to be places that recognise and care for the individual. The basic motivation in terms of safety in LEQ is care for the person rather than simply “blind” adherence to compliance. It is hoped that any person who enters one of the LEQ services, for whatever reason, will leave happier and healthier for their encounter. Building on the “Valuing Safe Communities” “Child Protection” “Better Schools” program, and “Zero Harm at Work” crystallises aspects of all round care.