Health and Safety Incident and Hazard Reporting - Procedure

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1.0    Purpose and Scope

This procedure outlines requirements for notifying and reporting health and safety incidents and hazards at The University of Queensland (UQ). This procedure applies to all UQ workers (including staff, higher degree by research students, contractors, volunteers) and others (undergraduate students, visitors, clinic clients), across all UQ operations and sites, including controlled entities.

This procedure supports UQ’s Health, Safety and Wellness Policy, which outlines UQ’s commitment to continuous improvement in the prevention of injuries, illness and incidents through an effective health and safety management system.

1.1    Context

Reporting and recording of incidents is an important component in hazard control, risk management and incident prevention.

UQ has a legal obligation under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation) to keep a record of all work-related injuries, illnesses, and dangerous events that occur in the workplace or where work is undertaken. UQ also has a legal duty to report certain types of incidents (notifiable incidents) to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (the Regulator).

2.0    Process and Key Controls

The following requirements apply to all UQ workers and others regarding the reporting of incidents:

  1. UQSafe is UQ’s reporting system for all injuries, illnesses, hazards and near misses that occur as a result UQ’s operations and undertakings.

  2. UQ will implement effective processes for investigating work-related incidents and illnesses, and for the implementation of corrective and preventive actions.

  3. Reporting incidents is necessary to ensure adequate attention to the treatment and prevention of further events, to comply with legislation, and to provide statistical information which can be used for hazard control, risk management and incident prevention programs.

  4. In the case of a suspected notifiable incident, details of the incident must be provided as soon as practicable to the Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) Division so a determination can be made as to whether a notification to the Regulator is required.

3.0    Key Requirements

3.1    Incident and hazard reporting

Incident reporting is important to ensure that the affected person receives appropriate treatment and care early so their injury/illness can be resolved quickly. For hazards and near misses, even though a person may not be immediately injured, early reporting can reduce the risk of someone being injured in the future. Incident reporting allows UQ to complete an action plan to rectify the hazard and/or minimise further risk of injury/illness. UQ’s online reporting system for all injuries, illnesses, hazards and near misses is UQSafe.

All UQ staff, students and some contractors have access to UQSafe. Staff of UQ’s controlled entities are also required to access and use UQSafe. Incidents, hazards and near-miss events must be reported through UQSafe by the affected person or by another person, who is familiar with the details, where the affected person cannot access the system.

3.2    Types of reports in UQSafe

When entering a report in UQSafe, it is important to determine whether the event will be reported as a hazard or an incident (“incidents” include near misses, illnesses and injuries).

3.2.1    Hazard Report

A hazard is where an incident or event has not occurred, although if it had, it may have had the potential to cause injury/illness or damage.

If a hazard is identified and can be immediately and safely rectified, and the person is capable to do so, then this should occur. If this is not possible, hazards are required to be reported in UQSafe by any person who becomes aware of a hazard and an action plan created to resolve it.

3.2.2    Incident Report

An incident is an occurrence arising out of, or in the course of, undertaking work or study (or journey to/from work via direct and normal route from/to home), that could or does result in injury or ill health, or damage to property or the environment. Incidents are categorised as either:

  • Near miss: A near miss is an unplanned event that has the potential to cause, but does not actually result in human injury, environment or equipment damage. These can be submitted in UQSafe by the person who becomes aware of the event. Examples include, witnessing a tree branch falling but not landing on anyone; a person tripping on a trip hazard on a path but not falling so no injury resulted, or a chemical spill or splash that does not come in contact with eye / skin, or expose workers to harmful vapours.

  • Injury/Illness: An incident that has an immediate or potentially a future adverse effect on the physical, mental or cognitive condition of a person. Injury or illness can be work or non-work related. For work-related injury or illnesses, these are to be reported in UQSafe. These can be further classified as –  

    • No lost time injury (NLTI): Less than a complete day was lost from work or study as a result of the work-related injury/illness, or 

    • Lost time injury (LTI): A complete day of or more was lost from work or study as a result of a work-related injury/illness after the day of the injury.    Determining if an incident is a near miss or an injury/illness

In UQSafe, an incident is reported by responding to a yes or no answer to the question “Did an injury/illness occur”. The key factor in determining whether an incident is a near-miss or an injury/illness is whether the worker came into contact with the hazard or was exposed to the hazard that may result in an immediate injury, or whether the exposure could result in a future injury/illness.

For example, a hazardous chemical exposure via eyes/skin/ingestion or airways in an unintended way (e.g. chemical splash or spill) for a chemical that has suspected or known health effects would be reported as an injury/illness not a near miss. Even though there was not an immediate injury, the exposure may cause a potential injury/illness in the future. The incident is a near miss if the chemical is spilled or splashed but does not come in contact with the workers eyes/skin/airways or is not known or suspected to cause any adverse health effects.

3.3    Entering a report into UQSafe

3.3.1    Report submission

All UQ workers and others have a responsibility to report incidents (both physical and psychosocial) and workplace hazards as soon as practicable after becoming aware of the incident/hazard, if possible, within 24 hours.

For UQ workers and others with access to UQSafe, information can be entered through the desktop version or through the mobile app (PocketSafety). PocketSafety is available as a download free from the App Store for both iPhone and Android.

Reports of incidents, hazards or near miss events should be prompt, detailed, accurate and clear to emphasise the facts as they are known to the person/s at the time of reporting. Images and other relevant supporting documents should be attached where possible/appropriate. Some fields on the online report are pre-populated based on the user profile of the affected person from UQ’s Human Resource Management system (e.g. the person’s supervisor, Organisational Unit, person type).

3.3.2    System workflow

Once a report is submitted in UQSafe, online notifications and automatic workflows are triggered. This workflow includes automatic notification to the following persons/groups/roles:

  • the affected person’s direct supervisor;

  • the Organisational Unit’s HSW Manager and/or WHS Coordinator (WHSC); and

  • relevant HSW Division specialist advisor (e.g. Ergonomics Advisor; Occupational Health Nurse; Occupational Hygienist; Biosafety Advisor).

3.3.3    Confidential reports

Some reported incidents may require confidentiality (e.g. a confidential report may be appropriate where there is an alleged bullying, harassment, or sexual misconduct by the person’s direct supervisor). In this case, the person entering the report can select it as ‘confidential’ from their local area, which will keep it confidential from the persons direct supervisor, the HSW Manager and the WHS Coordinator. When the confidential flag is selected, only senior staff in the HSW Division (i.e. Director or Associate Director), will be initially notified of the incident. The person will be contacted to discuss the report and any further action that may need to occur.

3.3.4    Granting additional access to view reports

UQSafe allows persons to be ‘invited’ into the report (e.g. in the case of hazard reporting). This function can be used to notify a person who is not directly involved with the report or outside the Organisational Unit that they may have an action to complete.

3.3.5    Incident data verification

The data contained in the incident notification must be correctly allocated for reporting and trend analysis. The ‘verification’ of the report by the relevant WHSC / HSW Manager is to ensure that the report is complete, and the data is accurate. Verification is not to check that the incident happened or that it happened as reported.  Data verification includes checking the following details for accuracy:

  • Organisational Unit

  • supervisor (person responsible) has been correctly identified

  • category of the incident (i.e. lost time injury, near miss, hazard)

  • work activity and location

  • clear description of the incident

  • mechanism and agency of the injury

  • treatment provided.

If the information is unclear, the person who lodged the report or the injured person must be contacted to seek clarity. The WHSC of the work area or HSW Manager is required to ‘verify’ this data. This is to ensure that when completing an action plan, the focus is on implementing the correct controls. It also provides more meaningful consolidated data for analytics to inform injury prevention programs.

3.3.6    High Potential Incident (HiPo)

A high-potential incident (HiPo) is an incident or near-miss that could have under other circumstances, caused a serious injury and/or a notifiable incident. Awareness of high potential incidents is a key factor in risk management at UQ.

The WHSC’s are required to mark incidents in UQSafe as HiPo when applicable by selecting the HiPo icon in the top tool bar.

3.4    Responding to incidents

Apart from confidential reports (refer to section 3.3.3), UQSafe automatically assigns the affected person’s supervisor to be the ‘Person Responsible’ for following up on the report and creating the corrective action plan. If the automatic assignment is incorrect, the report can be transferred to a more suitable ‘Person Responsible’ at any time. This is to be done by the HSW Manager or the WHSC.

3.4.1    Action Plan

Identified hazards should be remedied as soon as possible, or isolated to ensure they are unable to cause harm. Actions taken following an incident are documented in UQSafe. The ‘Person Responsible’ (Supervisor) has responsibility for creating an action plan in UQSafe prior to submitting:

  1. ‘Immediate actions taken after being notified’ - contacting the affected person to enquire after their health and wellbeing and verify that hazards have been isolated and the workplace made safe.

  2. ‘Rate the level of risk’ at the time the incident/hazard was reported.

  3. Determine the contributing factors.

  4. Develop an action plan to prevent or minimise risk of recurrence. The action plan must consider the hierarchy of controls when deciding on effective control measures.

  5. Rate the anticipated level of risk after control measures are implemented.

  6. Submit the report.

The Action Plan must be created as soon as possible after an incident is reported (no later than four weeks after the event). If the Action Plan has not been created by the Supervisor within seven days, a reminder notification is automatically emailed to the Supervisor and the Supervisor’s manager. If an Action Plan still has not been created within 14 days of report submission, UQSafe escalates the non-conformance to the local HSW Manager/WHSC.

Hazards or incidents may require different levels of investigation depending on their seriousness or risk level, therefore investigation times may vary. Refer to Incident Investigation Procedure.

3.4.2    Monitoring and review

Once the action plan has been created, it is ‘verified’ by the HSW Manager or local WHSC to ensure the corrective actions are appropriate and the target risk proportionate. The HSW Manager or local WHSC will continue to monitor the report while it remains open, until all corrective actions are completed and the report is closed. 

3.5    Notifiable Incidents

3.5.1    Reporting of notifiable incidents

The WHS Act outlines the types of injuries, illness and events related to the business or undertaking of UQ that are notifiable. Any incident that may fit the criteria as being notifiable is to be reported to the HSW Division as soon as possible. The definition of a notifiable event can be found in section 7.1.

The HSW Division will make the determination if the incident or event is notifiable and will coordinate the submission of the report to the Regulator. In the case of controlled entities, the HSW Division must be contacted prior to any notification being submitted to the Regulator.

If the incident is notifiable the site must be preserved pending further direction from the Regulator. The site can only be disturbed if it is:

  • unsafe;

  • to minimise the risk of a further notifiable incident;

  • to help a person with an injury;

  • to remove a deceased person; or

  • to assist with a police investigation.

For all notifiable incidents, a formal investigation must be undertaken according to Incident Investigation Procedure.

3.5.2    Reporting of contractor notifiable incidents

In the case where a contractor experiences an incident that is, or could be, notifiable, the contractor’s organisation (PCBU) shall follow their own reporting processes including the duty to notify the Regulator. In addition, the contractor is to inform, as soon as reasonably practicable, their usual UQ contact.

3.6    Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation

If a worker (as defined by the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003) suffers a work-related injury or illness they must complete an incident report in UQSafe.  If they seek to claim workers’ compensation, the completion of a report in UQSafe does not replace the need for completion of a Workers' Compensation Claim Form. Application forms can be obtained from Work Injury Management within the HSW Division. 

Students (including higher degree by research and masters), volunteers and honorary positions are not covered by workers’ compensation insurance. UQ holds alternative insurance coverage for these persons for the activities they undertake at UQ. Information can be obtained through UQ Insurance Services.

4.0    Roles, Responsibilities and Accountabilities

4.1    Heads of Organisational Units

Heads of Organisational Units are responsible for:

  • ensuring the effective communication and implementation of this procedure within their areas of responsibility;

  • reviewing the circumstances of injuries or illnesses including the progress of implementation of corrective action plans;

  • providing adequate resources to implement appropriate corrective action plans; and

  • supporting injured worker’s rehabilitation process.

4.2    Managers and supervisors

Managers and supervisors are responsible for:

  • providing assistance to ensure the injured person receives appropriate treatment for the injury or illness;

  • resolving or isolating identified hazards as soon as possible to ensure they are unable to cause harm to the affected person/s or others;

  • if required, assisting with the preparation and completion of the incident notification, seeking any required advice from the local HSW Manager and/or WHS Coordinator (WHSC);

  • making any notes in the ‘notes’ section of the UQSafe report concerning the welfare of the affected person;

  • reviewing the circumstances of the incident and seeking assistance from the local HSW Manager and/or WHSC, if required;

  • completing the action plan within UQSafe and ensuring that corrective measures are identified and implemented in consultation with the local HSW Manager and/or WHSC;

  • requesting any additional resources or assistance to undertake these corrective actions, including assistance from HSW Division as appropriate;

  • reviewing corrective measures periodically to monitor their continued effectiveness;

  • assisting with the compensation and rehabilitation process, including task reallocation or modification as appropriate; and

  • reviewing the report and following up with the affected person on their welfare and any points for clarification to ensure the corrective actions are effectively undertaken.

4.3    Work Health and Safety Coordinators (WHSC)

Work Health and Safety Coordinators (WHSC) are responsible for:

  • reviewing the circumstances of the report, and verifying the details within UQSafe once satisfied the information and the post-incident action to be taken is correct. This may require liaising with the affected person and the Supervisor (refer to section 7.2 for guidance);

  • where necessary, supplementing the report with further information in the notes section, or the addition of attachments (photos, documents);

  • reviewing the action plan and controls to ensure they address identified hazards. If required, liaising with the Supervisor to improve the quality of the action plan;

  • monitoring effectiveness of the controls implemented and reporting any deficiencies to the Head of Organisational Unit;

  • assisting with (or conducting) incident investigations if required; and

  • ensuring appropriate notification through the ‘invite’ function to specialist health and safety advisors, and relevant WHSCs or HSW Managers if they are not automatically notified (e.g. in the instance of where a person is in a shared workspace).

4.4    Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) Managers

Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) Managers are responsible for:

  • ensuring reports of incidents are submitted in UQSafe for their area of responsibility;

  • ensuring their senior management are informed of trends and serious illness/injuries through regular analysis and reporting;

  • regularly reviewing incident and hazard reports in their area of responsibility (e.g. on a daily basis where possible) as oversight to verify that reports are complete and accurate;

  • reviewing action plans for effective controls measures and the appropriate use of the hierarchy of controls; and

  • mentoring the WHSC and supervisor, providing them with appropriate guidance and advice in order to complete effective action plans.

4.5    Health, Safety and Wellness Division

The HSW Division provides advice and support, and liaises with HSW Managers, senior management of UQ, as well as the Regulator. Responsibilities also include:

  • assisting with incident investigation as required;

  • providing advice on corrective actions;

  • liaising with the relevant regulatory body in the event of a notifiable incident; and

  • where appropriate, issuing safety alerts for dissemination to the safety network.

4.6    UQ workers and others

Responsibility of UQ workers and others include:

  • immediately resolving hazards in the workplace if safe to do so, to prevent the risk of injury to self or others;

  • reporting incidents and hazards in UQSafe as soon as possible after they have been identified and notifying the Supervisor/Manager of the area; and

  • assisting in post-incident investigation, to identify and help implement corrective actions.

5.0    Monitoring, Review and Assurance

The HSW Manager/WHSC for the Faculty/Institute/controlled entity will complete a health, safety and wellness report for the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee. This report is to summarise hazards and illnesses/injuries (de-identified) for the area and the HSW Manager/WHSC to use these to provide insights into risk management for discussion. These reports are to be reviewed and provided to senior management as appropriate.

On a regular basis (preferably daily) the HSW Manager/WHSC will review incidents in UQSafe and ensure they have been verified and that the data is correct. Periodically, the action plans are randomly reviewed by the HSW Division to provide an assurance they are completed to a high standard that reduces risk. The HSW Division also audits UQSafe notifications for completeness.

Custom reports are available in UQSafe to monitor compliance with key performance indicators associated with incident and hazard reporting.

6.0    Recording and Reporting

The HSW Division maintains the UQSafe modules:

  • to meet legal obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003; and

  • as an important component in hazard control, risk management and incident prevention.

The HSW Division also completes a monthly HSW Report which is distributed to the HSW Managers and senior managers throughout UQ.

7.0    Appendix

7.1    Definitions

First aid - one-time, short-term medical attention that is usually administered immediately after the injury occurs. It includes cleaning minor cuts or scrapes, applying bandages, use of non-prescription medicine at a non-prescription strength, and hot or cold therapy.

Hazard - a condition or situation which has the potential to cause injury or illness, but has not resulted in an injury or illness.

Incident - any occurrence that leads to, or might have led to, injury or illness to people, danger to health and/or damage to property or the environment. For the purpose of this procedure, the term "incident" is used as an inclusive term for injuries/illnesses, accidents and near misses.

Lost time injury (LTI) - recorded when UQ worker loses one or more shifts, or days off work, following the day of the work-related injury. Therefore, the day of injury is not included as an LTI.

For reporting purposes, students (including post-graduate and masters) are excluded from LTI data as are journey incidents (to and from work).

Medical treatment - for a serious injury or illness is defined as treatment:

  1. of an injury/illness to a worker where the injury/illness was sustained as a result of work, study or research for UQ; and

  2. beyond that defined for first aid from, or under the direction of, a qualified medical practitioner or allied health professional.

In usual circumstances “medical treatment” does not include visits to a physician or other registered health professional solely for observation, counselling, diagnostic procedures or first aid.

In some cases first aid may be provided by a medical practitioner or other registered health practitioner – first aid that is carried out by these parties does not automatically categorise it as “medical treatment”.

Further guidance of Medical Treatment Injuries (MTIs).

MTIs include:

Administering or prescription of medication (including antibiotics), as prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner.

  • Penetrating wound closing devices (excluding medicinal glue as it is considered first aid treatment).

  • Surgical removal of foreign material and surgical debridement.

  • Removal of foreign bodies from the eye requiring more than irrigation or cotton swabs to remove them.

  • Second- and third-degree burns based on the treatment required and the risk of infection.

  • Use of x-ray to diagnose a fracture.

  • The use of casts, splints, or other rigid stays to immobilise parts of the body, such as a moon boot.

  • Medical removal of a fingernail or toenail.

  • Extensive therapeutic treatment, following a written referral from a GP, for allied health treatment (such as psychologist, physiotherapist, chiropractor) involving four or more treatment sessions from a single professional in a continuous period

MTIs exclude:

  • Use of non-prescription medication.

  • Visits to medical practitioners or a hospital admission solely for consultation, observation or counselling.

  • Any diagnostic procedures, such as X-rays and blood tests, or the administration of prescription medications solely for diagnostic or preventative purposes (e.g. eye drops to dilate pupils, tetanus shots, vaccinations or boosters).

  • No form of treatment has been provided other than a recommendation for light duties.

Near miss - an unplanned event that has the potential to cause, but does not actually result in human injury, environment or equipment damage.

No lost time injury (NLTI) - less than one full day was lost time, immediately following the injury. 

Notifiable incident - there are certain incidents/illnesses and events which are required to be reported under work health and safety laws and electrical safety laws to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. All notifiable incidents must be reviewed by the HSW Division, prior to notification to the regulator. These include:

  1. Work Health and Safety notifiable incidents:

    • the death of a person; or

    • a serious injury or illness of a person; or

    • a dangerous incident.

Serious injury or illness of a person means an injury or illness requiring the person to have -

  • immediate treatment as in-patient in a hospital (admission into a hospital for any duration. It does not refer to treatment in an emergency section of a hospital with immediate discharge or subsequent correctional surgery); or

  • immediate treatment for -

    • the amputation of any part of his or her body,

    • a serious head injury (refers to an injury to the skull such as a fractured skull, loss of consciousness, blood clot, bleed in the brain, damage to the skull that is likely to affect organ/face function. It does not include head injuries resulting in permanent or temporary amnesia),

    • a serious eye injury (refers to an injury that results in, or is likely to result in the loss of an eye or total or partial loss of vision. The injury involves something penetrating the eye or exposure of the eye to a substance that poses a risk to serious eye damage. It does not include exposure of the eye to a substance that causes eye irritation),

    • a serious burn (requires intensive care or critical care which could require a compression garment or skin graft),

    • the separation of his or her skin from an underlying tissue (such as degloving or scalping),

    • a spinal injury (of particular interest to WHSQ are those resulting in four or more consecutive days off work where there is an injury to the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral vertebrae including discs and spinal cord),

    • the loss of a bodily function (includes loss of consciousness, loss of movement of a limb, loss of the sense of smell, taste, hearing, or loss of function of an internal organ. It does not include fainting, sprain, strain or fracture),

    • serious lacerations (includes those that cause muscle, nerve, tendon or blood vessel damage or permanent impairment. It includes deep or extensive cuts and tears of wounds to flesh or tissue);

  • medical treatment (treatment by a doctor) within 48 hours of exposure to a substance.  Refer to the definition of “medical treatment”;

  • any infection to which the carrying out of work is a significant contributing factor, including any infection that is reliably attributable to carrying out work -

    • with micro-organisms,

    • that involves providing treatment or care to a person,

    • that involves contact with human blood or body substances,

    • that involves handling or contact with animals, animal hides, skins, wool or hair, animal carcasses or animal waste products;

  • the following occupational zoonoses contracted in the course of work involving the handling or contact with animals, animal hides, skins, wool or hair, animal carcasses or animal waste products -

    • Q fever

    • Anthrax

    • Leptospirosis

    • Brucellosis

    • Hendra virus

    • Avian influenza

    • Psittacosis.

Dangerous incident - an incident in relation to a workplace that exposes a worker or any other person to a serious risk to a person's health or safety emanating from an immediate or imminent exposure to -

  • an uncontrolled escape, spillage or leakage of a substance

  • an uncontrolled implosion, explosion or fire

  • an uncontrolled escape of gas or steam

  • an uncontrolled escape of a pressurised substance

  • electric shock

  • the fall or release from a height of any plant, substance or thing

  • the collapse of, overturning, failure or malfunction of, or damage to, any plant that is required to be authorised for use in accordance with the regulations

  • the collapse or partial collapse of a structure

  • the collapse or failure of an excavation or of any shoring supporting an excavation

  • the inrush of water, mud or gas in workings, in an underground excavation or tunnel

  • the interruption of the main system of ventilation in an underground excavation or tunnel

  • any other event prescribed under a regulation but does not include an incident of a prescribed kind.

2) Electrical notifiable incidents and events:

  • serious electrical incident; or

  • dangerous electrical event.

Serious electrical incident - an incident involving electrical equipment if a person:

  • is killed by electricity

  • receives a shock or injury from electricity and is treated for it by, or under the supervision of, a doctor

  • receives a shock or injury from electricity at high voltage, whether or not the person is treated for it by, or under the supervision of, a doctor.

Dangerous electrical event includes:

  • when a person, for any reason, is electrically unsafe around high voltage electrical equipment, even if the person doesn't receive an electric shock or injury

  • significant property damage caused by electricity or something originating from electricity such as a fire caused by electricity

  • unlicensed electrical work

  • unsafe electrical work

  • unsafe electrical equipment or electrical equipment that doesn’t have electrical equipment safety system approval markings.

Note that high voltage means a voltage above 1000V a.c. or 1500V ripple-free d.c. and any shock or injury to a person from high voltage electricity must be notified, regardless of whether they’re treated for it.

Persons conducting businesses or undertakings (PCBU) – (from section 5, Work Health and Safety Act 2011)

(1) For this Act, a person conducts a business or undertaking —

(a) whether the person conducts the business or undertaking alone or with others; and

(b) whether or not the business or undertaking is conducted for profit or gain.

(2) A business or undertaking conducted by a person includes a business or undertaking conducted by a partnership or an unincorporated association.

(3) If a business or undertaking is conducted by a partnership (other than an incorporated partnership), a reference in this Act to a person conducting the business or undertaking is to be read as a reference to each partner in the partnership.

(4) A person does not conduct a business or undertaking to the extent that the person is engaged solely as a worker in, or as an officer of, that business or undertaking.

(5) An elected member of a local government does not in that capacity conduct a business or undertaking.

(6) A regulation may specify the circumstances in which a person may be taken not to be a person who conducts a business or undertaking for the purposes of this Act or any provision of this Act.

(7) A volunteer association does not conduct a business or undertaking for the purposes of this Act.

(8) In this section, volunteer association means a group of volunteers working together for 1 or more community purposes where none of the volunteers, whether alone or jointly with any other volunteers, employs any person to carry out work for the volunteer association.

UQ workers – for the purposes of this procedure includes:

  • staff - continuing, fixed-term, research (contingent funded) and casual staff;

  • contractors, subcontractors and consultants;

  • visiting academics and researchers;

  • affiliates - academic title holders, visiting academics, emeritus professors, adjunct and honorary title-holders, industry fellows and conjoint appointments; and

  • higher degree by research students.

Workplace – for the purpose of this procedure a workplace is any place where work is undertaken by UQ, including field sites and other off-campus locations.

7.2    Guidance for Incident Report Verification by WHSC

To ensure the incident data and therefore reports are generated correctly, the key details need to be ‘verified’. This is distinct from an ‘investigation’ that determines causal factors, this is to ensure data is captured correctly.

Action plan verification is to ensure that the action plan created by the supervisor uses the hierarchy of control to eliminate or minimise the risk as far as reasonably practicable and the actions have been completed and closed out within the timeframes allocated by the supervisor.

7.2.1    WHSC Incident Verification

The role of the WHSC in the work area is to ‘verify’ the incident report by checking all fields and questioning any that seem to be incorrect.  Key field (as below) are important for UQ-wide reporting, trend analysis, regulator reporting and for insurance purposes. All changes are automatically captured in the audit trail, and must have an accompanying note to indicate what changes were made and why.

Key fields to be verified:

  • Incident Type

  • Person type

  • LTI or NLTI (as per the definition)

  • Person responsible

  • Incident date

  • Time category

  • Location details

  • Business Unit (organisational unit)

  • Medical treatment

  • Incident classification (Mechanism and Agency).

7.2.2    WHSC Action Plan Verification

The role of the WHSC in the work area is to ‘verify’ the action plan by:

  • reviewing the control measures to ensure the use of higher order controls to appropriately manage the risk; and

  • confirming that the controls have been implemented as stated.

Director, Health, Safety and Wellness Mr Jim Carmichael


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Health and Safety Minor Works - Form

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Lodging an application for Health and Safety Minor Works Funding

To apply for Health and Safety Minor Works Funding, complete the application form. Full terms and conditions are included at the beginning of the form.

Health and Safety Minor Works Funding applications will be prioritised based on a risk assessment, with a focus on addressing issues of non-compliance with regards to health and safety legislation, regulations, codes, and standards.

Director, Health, Safety and Wellness Mr Jim Carmichael
Director, Health, Safety and Wellness Mr Jim Carmichael
Director, Health, Safety and Wellness Mr Jim Carmichael