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Health and Safety
CQUniversity aims to achieve the optimum attainable level of workplace health and safety for all staff, students and other persons throughout all areas of its activities.
It is the responsibility of all CQUniversity personnel to ensure the implementation of safety systems appropriate to their delegated operational authority.
It is the responsibility of supervisory staff at every level to ensure that safe working procedures are clearly understood and consistently observed. Supervisors shall also ensure that all plant and equipment in use is in safe working order and workplace conditions are maintained at a high standard.
All members of the University, including students, have an obligation for their own health and safety and the health and safety of others. To meet this commitment, each person must follow safe working procedures at all times and take all reasonable care to prevent personal injury or injury to themselves and others and damage to plant and equipment.
CQUniversity will achieve this by careful attention to all aspects of workplace health and safety in accordance with the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, the Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 1997 and the relevant Codes of Practice.
This shall include:
- mandatory health and safety inductions for all staff and information provided to students;
- sound workplace planning and operation;
- positive and consistent examples at all levels of supervision throughout CQUniversity;
- training based on standard, proven work methods and operational and maintenance problems;
- education, counselling and, where necessary, assistance in rehabilitating those involved in its activities;
- the provision of responsible financial support for these activities;
- enforcement of statutory and CQUniversity safety regulations and procedures; where necessary.
In support of this policy, CQUniversity has created Health and Safety Committees, appointed Health and Safety Officers and established the necessary systems.
Participation and consultation with staff and students takes place through the University Health and Safety Committees. A Health and Safety Unit, staffed with qualified personnel, acts as the University's advisory arm to provide guidelines on, and training in, safe work practices and control of hazards in the workplace.
The University is conscious of its obligations and seeks cooperation and commitment from all staff and students to create a workplace environment aimed at accident prevention and health promotion. The University has adopted a policy of no smoking within its buildings. Copies of the policies and guidelines on various issues such as first aid, fire, evacuation, risk management etc. can be obtained from the University faculties, divisions and the Health and Safety Unit.
The University's procedures and forms for reporting incidents and hazards are available from the Health and Safety web site http://dss-portal.cqu.edu.au/health_safety/home.htm.
In case of need, students are encouraged to contact Workplace Health and Safety Officers or Workplace Health and Safety Representatives in their faculties or The Health and Safety Unit. Contact +61 7 4930 6418, or visit the website on http://dss-portal.cqu.edu.au/health_safety/home.htm.
CQUniversity provides students with a range of insurance coverage from public liability to personal accident. The coverage provided by CQUniversity are in excess of those provided by other Australian universities. Details of the insurances provided may be obtained from the following web page www.fsd.cqu.edu.au/taxrisk.htm. This site contains a summary of the University's policies and a question and answer section focusing on student needs.
Students should note that they are not employees of the University and as such are not covered by the University's WorkCover policy.
Students undertaking work experience are provided with limited coverage under the University's personal accident policy. The personal accident policy of the University provides for death and capital benefits only.