Workplace hazards, if not corrected, may cause incidents and injuries. Identified hazards should be remedied as soon as possible, or isolated to ensure they are unable to cause harm.

If the situation is an emergency, call UQ Security 336-53333 for assistance.

Hazard reports may be submitted online using UQSafe-Incident by any person who becomes aware of a hazard.

Property and Facilities (P&F)

In the first instance, when a hazard has been identified and isolated, action should be take locally to resolve the hazard.  This may involve reporting the hazard to P&F for rectification.

PF Assist offers a help desk function for members of staff to make general enquiries, create work requests, to report faults/repairs within or around any UQ building and to track the progress of requests.

Click here for the on line service request system

Reporting hazards to the OHS Division

If the hazard cannot be resolved at the locat level, and assistance is required to resolve, remove or alleviate an identified workplace hazard, then a hazard report should be completed, with the local Work Health Safety Coordinator (WHSC) included as the nominated supervisor.  The local WHSC then completes the action plan as required.  If the local WHSC cannot resolve the hazard, they than transfer the hazard report to the OHS Division (transfer goes to the OHS Division Director, Jim Carmichael).  The reason for transfer must be completed e.g. "corrective actions not progressing, require OHS Division assistance".  The OHS Division has a team of specialist OHS Advisors who can facilitate investigation and resolution of identified hazards.

 

OHS Minor Works Applications

Each year the University provides an allocation that may be approved by the Occupational Health and Safety Division and Property and Facilities Division for expenditure on OHS related minor works. This fund is made available by the Chief Operating Officer as a component of the University Improvement Fund. Requests must comply with the requirements of the University Improvement Fund. Where possible, applicants should take into consideration the timeframe of departmental and faculty OHS committee approval process. 

OHS minor works funding will be considered for issues of non-compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Legislation, Standards and Regulations. Consideration will be given to providing funding assistance for completion of OHS Projects where a significant commitment of funds has already been made by the University, Faculty or Department.

Access to the funds would not normally be approved for OHS issues arising from planned re-fit, new construction, regular maintenance, or new design as these costs should have been included at the project design stage. Contributions for special circumstances may be considered. Assistance may be available where situations have developed that could not have been foreseen such as:

  • Changes to legislation or regulations relating to occupational health and safety
  • New work practices being developed to reduce the risk of illness or injury.

All works must be able to be carried out within an agreed timeframe to ensure there are no funding carryovers into the following year.

 If you required any assistance or additional information please contact ohs@uq.edu.au

 

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