Work Health & Safety

Welcome to the Resources section of Surf Life Saving Sydney.

Here you will find information and links to a vast array of resources designed to support you across the many different aspects in running your club.

Work Health & Safety (WHS) Assets and Related Resources

First Steps and Checks to WHS in your Club
Please click on the link below as a starting point in helping you with WHS in your club.
First Steps and Checks

Resource DetailsWebsite Link
WHS Assets
SLSA Guidelines for Safer Surf Clubs V4 May 2020
Chapter 1—An Introduction to Health and Safety
Chapter 2—Risk Management Process and Club Safety Inspections
Chapter 3—Common Hazards in the Surf Club Environment
Chapter 4—Special Events and Event Safety
Guidelines for Safer Surf Clubs

The Essential Guide to Work Health and Safety for Volunteers
This guide from Safe Work Australia provides information on how the new work health and safety (WHS) laws apply to volunteers, their rights and obligations. It outlines ways a volunteer can meet their work health and safety duties and explains what volunteers can expect from the organisations they volunteer for.

WHS for Volunteers (Safe Work Australia)

SafeWork NSW
Covers the legal obligations for volunteering in NSW and an easy to do WHS toolkit.

Safe Work NSW Legal Obligations for Volunteering

Sporting clubs guide to a safe workplace
This guide provides information and advice to help sporting organisations and clubs comply with new WHS laws and incorporate safety management into their daily operations.
Information provided here should be used in conjunction with your state or territory’s approved WHS Codes of Practice.

Aus Sports Commission - a safe workplace

SLSA eLearning Courses - Safety and Wellbeing
This is a four(4) part interactive training in SLSA eLearning called "SLS - Safer Surf Clubs"

Safer Surf Clubs eLearning

SLS NSW Standard Operating Procedure
The purpose of this Standard Operating Procedure is to communicate the health and safety responsibilities of our surf lifesaving volunteer personnel with the aim of ensuring a safe and healthy environment for lifesavers and others at all times.


Surf Life Saving Club Gymnasium forms
To assist you with the management of your surf life saving club gymnasiums. It is intended for SLS members utilising the club’s gymnasium. Any Surf life saving club operating as a public gymnasium needs to ensure the appropriate local government approvals and insurance cover are in place.

Gym Member Forms

SLS Club WHS Self-Audit Checklist V2 May 2019
Checklist to be completed and submitted annually to your SLS state/territory safety officer.

Club WHS Self-Audit

SLS Policies and Guidelines Self-Audit Checklist V2 August 2019
Audit your knowledge on SLSA policies and guidelines covering WHS in your surf lifesaving club

WHS Policies & Guidelines

SLS Club Member Safety Brochure

A quick guide to safety and wellbeing for all club members. There is also a version which can be downloaded onto your club’s website - SLS Member Safety Brochure v2 Aug 2019_Website version

Member Safety Guide

Club Emergency Evacuation Checklist V3 May 2018

SLS Club Emergency Evacuation Checklist

SLS Club Health and Safety Inspection Form and Risk Register
An offline SLS Health and Safety Inspection Form Template for club safety inspections. Maps out hazard identification, risk assessment, a risk reduction plan and actions to be taken.

WHS Inspection Form
Risk Register

SLSA Sample Surf Club Hazard and Risk Register v1 May 2018

SLSA Sample Surf Club Hazard and Risk Register. Hazards are categorised eg. chemical, behavioural, environmental, ergonomic etc.

Hazard & Risk Register

Workers compensation
1. Who is entitled to make a claim?
2. Steps to take

3. iCare Requirements

Works Compensation Resources

1. SLSNSW Workers Compensation Claim Form Feb 2020

2. Workers Co
mpensation Fact Sheet – 2014
3. SLSA Return to Surf Duties form

Claim Form

Fact Sheet
Return to Duties

Incident Notification
What incidents need to be reported to WorkCover?
When is an injury or illness serious?
How do you notify an incident?
Do you need to notify incidents that relate to contractors, employees and others?
Do you still have 24 hours to notify WorkCover of incidents other than a death?
How do you determine if an incident is notifiable or not?
Work Health & Safety Resources

Incident Notification Resources

1. Incident Notification Flow Chart
2. WHS Act 2011 Incident Notification - FQA Sheet
3. What to Do
4. WHS Poster - Injuries and Incidents

Notification Flow Chart

WH&S Act 2011
What to Do
Injuries & Accidents poster

Club Management Induction
Club Management Induction Program
The Club Management Induction Program is made up of three parts:
1. Surf Life Saving NSW Club Management Induction Pack
2. Local Induction
3. Role-specific information
Club Management Induction

SLS Member Induction Checklist V2 May 2018

SLS Club member induction checklist for new and existing members. A great way to ensure all members are across WHS issues.

Member Induction Checklist

SLS Contractor Inductions Checklist V1 May 2018

This checklist should be used at the time of contractor engagement for all service contractors to demonstrate they have been provided with all reasonable health and safety related information and instruction related to the surf club (workplace) and work therein. The surf club must retain a copy of the checklist and associated documentation.

Contractor Induction Checklist

Member Welfare
Critical Incident Support
Member Welfare Guide - Support available for members following a critical incident
Critical Incident Support Resources

Critical Incident Member Resources
1. Member Welfare Guide - A support guide for SLSNSW Members involved in
critical incidents
2. Critical Incident Support - Information for Family & Friends
3. Critical Incident Management Support Procedures
4. Critical Incident Debrief (under Emergency Response on the website)

Member Welfare Guide

Family & Friends Info

Mgmt Support Procedures
Critical Incident Debrief

Duty Officer Resources
1. SLSNSW Member Statement Form

Member Statement Form

Member Protection Information Officer
Member Protection Information Officers (MPIO) play an important role in community and sporting organisations.
They provide information and guidance on complaints procedures and are the first point of call in the club for any enquiries, concerns or complaints about harassment, abuse or other inappropriate behaviour.
The MPIO provides information about possible ways to resolve the issue and offers moral support to the person who raises the concern or the person who is the subject of the alleged behaviour. The MPIO will treat all information as strictly confidential.

Member Protection Information Officer

Member Safeguarding

The Safeguarding Children and Young People Program assists Surf Life Saving in our commitment to the protection of children from abuse, harm and exploitation.

Member Safeguarding

Fact Sheets - Resources on the Assure website

Assure is one of Australia’s leading mental health organisations. The website offers assistance to individuals and organisations across the entire mental wellbeing spectrum.
1. Switching off from tech
2. Positive family relationships
3. Looking after your mental health
4. Nutrition and psychological wellbeing
5. Managing stress effectively
6. Men's mental health strategies
Just to name a few

Assure Resources Tip Sheets

Additional Resources
SLSA Members Portal
There are numerous resources dealing with WHS in the document library. Click on the Work Health & Safety category for additional resources. There are approximately 35 documents dealing with this matter. (document library under WHS)
SLSA Members Portal

Australian CoastSafe

SLSA have developed The Australian Coastal Public Safety Guidelines
Provides useful resources for club management on safety and wellbeing in a coastal and beach environment.

Australian CoastSafe