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Health and safety

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Health and safety programs and initiatives prevent or minimise injuries and illness in schools and departmental workplaces. Establishing effective health and safety management processes help create healthy and safe working and learning environments for staff, students and others.

Tips, information and guidance for establishing proactive systems and processes can be found in the Managing Health and Safety section.

Specific information about hazard areas and issues related to the school environment can be found in the Hazards and Risks section.

Health and safety issues are best managed by implementing a risk management approach which provides a systematic framework for identifying hazards and controlling the risks.

Department workplaces must follow policies and procedures.

Safety and Hazard Alerts have been published in response to specific school issues and can be printed out and displayed at your location.

Fact sheets and Checklists relating to our workplaces can be found on the Resources page.

Workplaces will never be completely risk free. The most important factor is to implement management strategies that minimise the health and safety risks.

Health and Safety Events

As a part of the department's commitment to supporting your health, safety and wellbeing, a page has been designed to provide information relating to upcoming health and safety events.

Health and safety events are a great opportunity to promote the importance of health and safety in your workplace, involve people in activities and share knowledge and ideas.

Departmental employees can access the Events Calendar via OnePortal - search 'calendar'.

Schools and departmental workplaces should schedule local activities and diarise the following:

  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee Meetings (every three months e.g. one per term)
  • Annual Safety Assessment and development of associated action plan (each year)
  • Hearing Awareness Week
  • RU OK Day
  • Safe Work Month - October each year
  • Queensland Mental Health Week
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Last updated 12 July 2019