Health and safety is the responsibility of everyone working and studying within the School of ITEE. Each individual staff member and student must recognise their responsibility in regards to health and safety, whether they are working in an office, workshop, laboratory or lecture room.
The School Safety Policy is directed by the policies of the Occupational Health and Safety Unit of the University with the main concerns being focused on the care of students and staff in the engineering laboratories and workshops. Each working area is unique in its safety requirements and as such, each work area will have variations in policy. The relevant safety requirements applicable to a work area will be displayed in a prominent position in the work area.
Individuals should understand the parameters of their workplace and be conscious of any constraints or limitations that apply in particular areas. It is also important that individuals are familiar with any other workplaces they may visit during their course of work or study. People should never become complacent with their surroundings.
Should any health and safety problems arise that cannot be resolved easily, the matter should be directed to the Workplace Health and Safety Committee for action.
Staff and students should be aware of the correct work practices that apply to individual work areas they encounter. The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 sets very clear guidelines as to what the employers responsibilities are in relation to health and safety.
Anyone using laboratories within the School of ITEE should familiarise themselves with the following:
Failure to comply with these rules and guidelines may result in disciplinary action being taken.
Electrical safety regulations require that regular inspection and testing of specified electrical equipment is carried out in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard.
It is the operators responsibility to:
Double adaptors, piggy-back plugs, un-switched power boards and the daisy chaining of power boards is strictly prohibited in any University operation.
All personal mains powered equipment (including laptop power supplies) intended for use on campus must be tested and tagged for electrical safety before use.
Removal of non-compliant items from service is the responsibility of the person in control of the area.
Further information regarding Electrical Safety can be found on the UQ Occupational Health & Safety website
The selection of the correct ergonomic furniture is important in the care of staff and students in preventing muscular strains and sprains associated with the use of screen-based equipment. The Occupational Health and Safety Unit of the University has a specialist advisor for the assessment of peoples needs in obtaining the correct furniture.
Any accident, incident or injury should be reported to the Workplace Health & Safety Officer, following the completion of any necessary emergency action. Once the accident, injury or incident has been reported, a report form can be completed. From here, the Associate Director of the Occupational Health and Safety Unit and the Head of School are informed of the details and can take appropriate action or instigate an investigation.
The Hazard Report Form is used when the assistance of specialists from the Occupational Health and Safety Unit is required in order to remove or alleviate a hazard.
Any enquiries related to the Schools duty of care may be directed to any member of the Workplace Health and Safety Committee.