The Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) Division is led by the Director, Health, Safety and Wellness, whose direct reports include:

  • Governance and Strategy
  • several specialist professional services teams that provide advice, facilitate risk management, deliver HSW programs and develop capability
  • Work Injury Management
  • UQ Wellness.

Governance and Strategy

Core services:

  • supporting UQ occupational health and safety (OHS) governance and consultative mechanisms
  • developing, managing and maintaining UQ’s OHS management system
  • monitoring UQ's OHS performance
  • engagement with regulators and stakeholders.

Biosafety Advisors

Biosafety is an integrated part of HSW at UQ, and it is important that all staff and students appreciate the potential health risks of using biohazardous materials in the workplace. Biosafety looks after permits and approvals relating to biological materials under the regulatory requirements and includes:

  • biosecurity
  • genetic manipulation of materials
  • high-risk biologicals or potentially hazardous biologicals
  • Security Sensitive Biological Agents
  • pest plants
  • Defense Trade Control
  • collections related to native flora and fauna
  • work relating to animal and human ethics.

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) ensures compliance with legislation, regulations and standards relating to biosafety and biosecurity.

Boating and Diving Advisor

The University Boating and Diving Advisor is responsible for ensuring all UQ divers are adequately qualified, trained, equipped and supervised.

Ergonomics and Rehabilitation Advisor

The Ergonomics and Rehabilitation Advisor oversees the UQ Musculoskeletal Disorders Strategy and is responsible for its development, implementation and evaluation.

Areas of focus include:

  • computer workstations
  • working in a laboratory
  • manual tasks, including hand tools, and lifting and moving equipment.

Occupational Health Nurse Advisor

Occupational Health Nurse Advisors aim to promote and maintain the highest degree of physical, mental and social wellbeing of workers in all occupations by:

  • preventing health issues
  • controlling risks
  • tailoring work to the person in the position.

Programs the Occupational Health Nurse Advisors assist with include:

  • first aid
  • health monitoring
  • hearing protection and testing
  • immunisation.

Occupational Hygiene Advisors

Occupational Hygiene Advisors can provide assistance in recognising, evaluating and controlling workplace hazards encountered in the University environment. Common issues Occupational Hygiene Advisors provide assistance with are:

  • indoor air quality
  • hazardous chemicals
  • ventilation
  • asbestos, and toxic and nuisance dust
  • noise measurement and personal noise exposure monitoring
  • physical environment assessment (for example, heat and lighting).

Radiation Protection Advisor

The Radiation Protection Advisor's role is to train, implement and monitor forms of radiation and associated equipment around UQ and related sites. This includes:

  • providing specialist advice
  • ensuring compliance with legislation
  • monitoring projects and researchers to ensure a high standard of radiation safety.

Work Injury Management

Core services:

  • administering UQ’s self-insurance licence requirements
  • workers’ compensation claims management
  • return to work and rehabilitation assistance.

UQ Wellness

UQ Wellness provides corporate programs and opportunities for participation in programs underpinned by the key and interrelated areas of physical health, psychological health, organisational engagement and lifestyle factors.

UQ safety network contacts

Find contacts for UQ safety network staff in your area, including:

  • Work Health and Safety Managers or Coordinators (WHSCs)
  • Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs)
  • First Aid Officers
  • Drugs and Poisons Officers
  • Radiation Safety Officers
  • OHS Committees.