Staff at all levels within the University of Queensland have specific responsibilities for ensuring Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).
These responsibilities are principally based on the Queensland Work Health and Safety Act (2011) and related regulations and legislation.
The UQ OHS policy further reinforces these responsibilities.

The specific OHS responsibilities of staff are dependent on their role within the University.

OHS responsibilities should be incorporated into staff position descriptions, and the associated performance criteria should be utilised during annual performance reviews.

Staff OHS Responsibilities

(Refer to PPL 2.10.4 Staff Responsibilities for Occupational Health and Safety for full details)

  • Executive Deans and Senior Managers
    • Set a clear OHS policy
    • Allocate responsibility for OHS management and delegation of authority
    • Establish a faculty/division occupational health and safety committee
    • Allocate sufficient resources for OHS management
    • Ensure implementation of the risk management program within Schools/Organisational Units
    • Ensure implementation of a scheme for hazard and accident follow-up
    • Enthusiastically assist and support University procedures for identification, processing and managing Workers’ Compensation Claims and Workplace Rehabilitation
    • Ensure that Schools/Organisational Units have effective systems for the provision of OHS information, training and supervision
    • Ensure that Schools/Organisational Units have effective emergency procedures
  • Heads of Schools and Organisational Units
    • Set a clear OHS policy
    • Allocate responsibility for OHS management and delegation of authority
    • Allocate sufficient resources for OHS management
    • Implement a risk management program
    • Implement a scheme for hazard and accident follow-up
    • Enthusiastically assist and support University procedures for identification, processing and managing Workers’ Compensation Claims and Workplace Rehabilitation
    • Ensure provision of OHS information, training and supervision
    • Establish and disseminate emergency procedures
  • Supervisors
    • Provide OHS information, training and supervision
    • Undertake risk assessments
    • Ensure application of appropriate risk control measures
    • Implement a scheme for hazard and accident follow-up
  • Individual staff / RHD students
    • Comply with safe working procedures
    • Use of appropriate personal protective equipment and safety systems
    • Assist with the preparation of risk assessments
    • Report OHS problems 

Work Health and Safety Co-ordinators / Managers (WHSC)

The University has determined that in order to assist it in maintaining it's health and safety duties, organisational units must consider the need to train and appoint Work Health and Safety Co-ordinators (WHSCs).
This will assist in the effective management of workplace risk. In areas where work activities present the potential for significant risk to the health and safety of staff and others, the need to train and appoint a WHSC is considered higher.

In Faculties, Institutes and Schools where the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Committee believes there is sufficient risk, a dedicated OHS Manager may be appointed.
Where this is the case, the OHS Manager carries out the functions listed for a WHSC, in addition to the specific responsibilities of an OHS Manager.

The appointment of WHSCs (including OHS Managers) does not relinquish the responsibilities of heads of department, managers, supervisors or staff under the Work Health and Safety Act. Rather, the appointment of WHSCs is part of the strategy to assist all parties in meeting their legislative responsibilities.

Refer to the following PPL's for additional information:

Health and Safety Representatives (HSR)

The Work Health and Safety Act (2011) requires workplace health and safety representatives to be elected in the workplace. The staff member does not need any experience or qualification to be a workplace health and safety representative.

Refer to the following PPL for additional information: