Local area OHS induction

It is the responsibility of all supervisors to ensure local area inductions are completed for all staff, students, contactors and visitors under their supervision prior to commencing work in that area. Each area is required to develop a local area induction program to ensures that anyone, who is not supervised at all times, entering a workplace is:

  1. Aware of their responsibilities;
  2. The nature of hazards that may be present; and
  3. The processes and associated documents with which they should be familiar.

Local areas:

The following local area induction checklists must be used:

General local area OHS induction checklist

This document should be completed by all staff, students, contractors and visitors and is written to be applicable to their needs.

General contractor local area induction checklist

This document can be completed by contractors who only need to access a workplace for low risk work.

High risk work areas:

Laboratory local area OHS induction checklist

If there are high risk activities being undertaken, such as laboratory work, this document provides a list of key hazards found in laboratories and must be used to ensure all hazards are highlighted.

Access to additional restricted areas may be indicated through the laboratory local area induction. These areas warrant additional induction material which must be covered by tailoring an induction module to suit.

Common restricted areas:

The following modules have been provided as a starting point for induction in common restricted access areas at Monash University.

Cryogenic module induction checklist

This document highlights safety hazards found in areas that are use Cryogenics and Cryogenic materials in research.

Radiation module induction checklist

This document highlights safety hazards found in areas that require the use of ionizing radioactive sources.

Animal research module induction checklist

This document highlights safety hazards found in areas that are involved in animal research models.

Contact your OH&S Consultant/Advisor if you need assistance in developing your area's local area induction program.

Records of local area induction must be retained locally and be accessible. A database can be a useful means of recording completion.