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Available courses

Free, two-hour courses in a range of OHS-related topics are provided in-house by Risk, Health and Safety staff.  Scheduled courses will be advertised from time to time via FedNews.  To enrol, or express interest, please email

Better Understanding and Preventing Stress

For managers and supervisors

  • Definition and significance of work stress
  • Types of interventions
  • Prevention

Bomb Threats

For customer service and front line staff

  • Responding appropriately to phoned, written or verbal bomb threats
  • Identifying suspect mail items and other objects, and taking appropriate steps

Emergency Management for Area Wardens and Deputies

Effectively managing:

  • General emergencies
  • Building and campus evacuations
  • Specific emergencies (e.g. serious injury/illness, threats, etc)

This module is also available online and can be completed any time. See our Online training page.

General Incident and Emergency Management

This session assists in:

  • Defining and ensuring appropriate levels of first aid cover
  • Dealing with injuries and illnesses within the University environment
  • Planning for emergencies: drawing up local emergency instructions, selecting Area Wardens, conducting drills, etc.

This module is also available online and can be completed any time. See our Online training page.

Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC)

  • Identifying hazards, assessing and controlling risks for existing or new activities, equipment and substances, items of plant and projects
  • Reporting hazards and resolving issues
  • Managing the OHS aspects of workplace change

Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods

  • Definitions of hazardous substances and dangerous goods
  • How to use and store different classes of chemicals
  • Introduction to Safety Data Sheets and how to access and interpret them
  • Determining the need for signage, markings, placards

Incident Reporting and Investigating

For supervisors/managers and Health and Safety Representatives

  • Reporting: near-miss and minor incidents, injuries and serious incidents, emergencies
  • Determining why and when investigation is warranted
  • Using appropriate investigative techniques
  • Documenting results of investigations, and identifying and implementing appropriate corrective actions.

Lock Out Tag Out

For those working on plant or equipment at University premises

  • Overview of FedUni procedure
  • Introduction to lock-out equipment and tagging system

Manual Handling

Focuses primarily on designing manual handling tasks to be safer. Correct lifting techniques are only covered briefly.

  • Identifying hazardous manual handling tasks
  • Assessing manual handling risks
  • Selecting and implementing control strategies for manual handling risks

Preventing Workplace Violence

For customer service and front line staff and their supervisors/managers

  • What is workplace violence
  • The law as it applies to workplace violence
  • Five steps to violence prevention
  • Dealing with violent incidents in the workplace

Safety Data Sheets

For staff who come into contact with chemicals in the workplace

  • What are they?
  • Where can they be obtained?
  • Where are they kept at FedUni?
  • Why are they needed?

Other training

In-house courses facilitated by an external provider. A course fee may apply.

Low Risk Driving (1 day)

This program helps all drivers manage their safety more effectively by stimulating their intrinsic desire to stay safe by helping drivers know what to do, and how to think differently. The course is a mix of theory and practice, and participants learn how to sustain positive change after the course.

Facilitated by Corporate Driver Training Australia.

Fire Safety and Extinguisher Training (3 hours, theory and practical)

This nationally-accredited short course provides information and skills required to use a fire extinguisher, hose reel and fire blanket safely and effectively in the workplace

Facilitated by Elliots Fire and Safety Solutions.

Mental Health First Aid (Blended Delivery, or 2 days face-to-face)

Limited in-house training will be provided.  We recommend enrolling in online training through