Your OHS responsibilities

OHS is a responsibility shared by students and staff alike.

Staff OHS Responsibilities 

Staff and RHD Students at all levels within The University of Queensland have specific responsibilities for ensuring Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), depending on their role/s within the University. Refer to PPL 2.10.4 Staff Responsibilities for Occupational Health and Safety.

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

Responsibilities for Deans, Senior Managers, Heads of School/Organisational Units, Supervisors, individual staff and students are outlined in detail below.

What are your OHS responsibilities?

Specialist Workplace Health and Safety Roles at UQ

UQ appoints and elects staff to undertake specialist workplace Health and Safety duties at UQ.

Responsibilities for Work Health and Safety Coordinators/Managers (WHSC) and Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) are outlined in detail below.

 

Executive Deans and Senior Managers

  • Set a clear OHS policy
  • Allocate responsibility for OH&S 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 OH&S information, training and supervision
  • Ensure that Schools/Organisational Units have effective emergency procedures

UQ’s Safety, Health and Wellness culture: A Guide for UQ leaders

 

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

UQ’s Safety, Health and Wellness culture: A Guide for UQ leaders

 

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

UQ’s Safety, Health and Wellness culture: A Guide for UQ leaders

 

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 Coordinators/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 OH&S Manager carries out the functions listed for a WHSC, in addition to the specific responsibilities of an OH&S 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:

UQ’s Safety, Health and Wellness culture: A Guide for UQ leaders

 

Health and Safety Representatives

The Work Health and Safety Act (2011) allows for workplace health and safety representatives (HSRs) to be elected in the workplace. The staff member does not need any experience or qualification to be a workplace health and safety representative. Contact the Faculty safety manager to discuss further. Training can be supplied through UQ Staff development once the representative is elected.

Refer to the following PPL for additional information:

Key References