Services we offer

Advice, information, support

We provide advice and information on all matters related to risk management and workplace health and safety. You should first contact your supervisor or Health and Safety Representative (pdf, 15kb).

Health and Safety Implementation Teams (HSITs) can request our assistance or attendance at selected meetings.

Audiometric testing

Staff whose exposure to workplace noise levels exceeds the exposure standard (as outlined in the Noise Exposure Guidelines) should undertake audiometric tests every two years. The next round of testing is in 2016.

New staff who commence work in an area which exceeds the exposure standard are required to undertake an audiometric test within one month of their commencement. This should be organised by the School/Section through a local hearing clinic.

Chemical safety

The ChemWatch database is a searchable database of current Safety Data Sheets to assist staff and students in the preparation of their workplace chemical registers, chemical risk assessments, etc.

We provide an annual chemical disposal program. Relevant areas are notified of the program in advance of the scheduled date.

Devices for loan

A range of equipment is available for loan to staff, including a defibrillator for excursion and events, satellite navigation system, electrical testers, noise meter, temperature loggers, light meter, and sit-stand desk/modules. These items can be pre-booked by contacting Ext 8305.

Ergonomic assessments

Staff can request an ergonomic assessment of their workstations if they have health and safety concerns. An external assessor is engaged to conduct these assessments.

The WorkSafe 'Officewise - A Guide to Health and Safety in the Office' document may also assist, as it provides guidance on job design in office work, office layout, workstations and equipment, and general health and safety issues in the office.

First aid

We supply items for official University first aid kits. Supplies can be ordered by sending us a completed First Aid Order Form (pdf, 30kb).

We provide and service a number of Defibrillators located at all campuses. Locations of Defibrillators at SMB and Mt Helen can be found on our Forms, Templates, Records page.

Planning and reporting

Annual plan

Around October each year each School/Directorate is required to submit an OHS Plan for the forthcoming year to the Dean/Director, with a copy to Risk, Health and Safety. The Plan must be based on the Annual OHS Plan Template (docx, 210kb), and should be submitted by the end of December. The Schools/Directorates then implement their Plan throughout the year, ensuring compliance with the following reporting requirements:

Quarterly report

At the end of every quarter, each School/Directorate is required to provide to their DVC a completed Quarterly Summary Health and Safety Report (docx, 67kb).

Annual report

At the end of each year, Schools/Directorates are required to submit to their DVC (with a copy to Risk, Health and Safety) a report on their OHS activities for that year.

Training

Training in a range of OHS-related topics is available each semester. A full listing of courses, dates and costs is available via our training schedule. To enrol, please complete a Training Enrolment Form (pdf) and return it to Risk, Health and Safety as soon as possible to ensure a place.

We can tailor specific training programs for your staff, or to meet a particular requirement. Contact us to discuss your training needs so we can work with you to meet your training goals.