The University has a network of Health Safety Representatives (HSRs) who are elected to different workgroups of the University. The following link will take you to the Health Safety Representative page where you will find a list of current members.
Persons are to drive vehicles on University land in accordance the speed limit indicated by signage or marking. On any other part of University land where a sign or marking is not indicated, the vehicle should not exceed the limit of 40 kilometres an hour.
Question: FOOTWEAR - What is the safety requirement with regards to enclosed footwear?
In my current lab, staff only wear appropriate footwear if they're going to work in the lab. If they're having a meeting, showing people around or briefly using equipment (e.g. checking supplies in a fridge), they feel they do not need to wear appropriate footwear. On these occasions I've seen staff in the lab with everything from thongs, to ballet flats, to sandals.
Answer: It is a misconception that basically anything goes.
Australian Standard AS2243.3 2010, stipulates in section 10.2.3 that ‘closed footwear shall be worn’
Further, if there are chemicals in the lab that fall into one of the dangerous goods classes, then a risk assessment will determine the footwear requirements.
Question: EYE WEAR - Do people have to wear safety glasses in labs?
Answer: Australian Standards AS2243.3 2010 states “Protective eyewear shall be worn unless a documented risk assessment can justify a lesser requirement. The choice of equipment to protect the eyes and face from splashes and impacting objects is dependent on the activity performed”.
In the presence of infectious biologicals, risk group 2 micro-organisms, GM micro-organisms or chemicals, you have hazards that require you to wear protective eyewear.
Question: FOOD - Our offices are located at the end of a lab. Can we eat/drink in our offices? And can we take food/drink via the lab to our offices?
Answer: Australian Standard AS2243.3 does not allow office space within the boundary of a laboratory.
You may ‘double-contain’ your food, and take it directly to your office. Water must be bottled, and covered and taken directly to the office (do not transport uncovered cups or jugs through the lab).
As the air supply to the office is different to the lab, doors to offices must remain closed at ALL TIMES.
The University discourages smoking on campus in the interests of health and wellbeing. Smoking on campuses is governed by University of Tasmania bylaws and Minimum Standard. Smoke-free areas are indicated by signage and are enforced.
Testing and tagging applies to portable mains powered (240 volt) equipment where the cord is subject to possible stress or strain and/or the device is operated in a harsh environment. Please refer to the Code of Practice Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace and Australian Standard 3760-2010 for further information.
The current Tasmanian Work Health and Safety Legislation details specific requirements for health surveillance including noise exposure (Work Health Safety Act 2012 (Section 19 (3) (g). Other health surveillance may also be required for specific high risk areas such as incidental Radiation or Asbestos exposure. If in doubt, contact the WHS Unit for assistance via firstname.lastname@example.org
When attempting to login to the Incident or Hazard online systems from an off campus site you may encounter difficulties accessing the secure University intranet. To access secure University sites including the Hazard and Incident/Near Miss Notification system you will need to install and run Virtual Private Network (VPN) providing you have a University username and password. The VPN software can be found at the ITS website
You should take a few minutes to read the FAQ and load the software at a time when you have no other applications running. If you encounter any difficulties with VPN, please contact the ITS Helpdesk on 1300 304 903.
Note that once VPN is installed, you will need to commence a VPN session before each time you access a University secure site - simply having it installed on your PC will not give you access to secure sites.
Harmonisation of Passwords:
The University has a large number of systems and uses some different authentication systems. At times the passwords can get out of synch resulting in a successful log-in one system but unable to log in using the same password on another system. In this case users have two options:
If you can successfully log-in to your University webmail then you should be able to synch your other passwords here
You can also phone +61 3 6226 1818 and ask for a password reset, provide your username, you will then receive a temporary password and can access this site to change your temporary password.
If you are still experiencing difficulties accessing the Hazard and Incident/Near Miss Notifications systems then please contact the ITS Helpdesk
Please note: Service Desk hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.
The following statement was extracted from Workplace Safety Australia - Safety Alert -2011 "use of fitballs (also known as fitness balls, swiss balls, gym balls or physio balls) is generally not recommended for seating in the office due to the instability of the balls. You should consult with your medical practitioner and employer as to whether using a fitball as a seat at work is appropriate". For more information on chair requirements read the Use of Screen Based Equipment guidelines listed on the policy and delegations website or contact email@example.com for more information.
Under the model Work Health and Safety Regulations there is no prescribed maximum weight limit for lifting. A prescribed limit is not set because different individuals have different physical capabilities.
To determine the appropriate control measures, the focus is on an assessment of the risk factors:
actions and movements
working posture and postion when lifting
duration and frequency of manual handling
location of loads and the distances moved
characteristics of the load, and
physical capability of person
Any weight load can cause problems, if for example, the load is lifted incorrectly or if lifted in an environment that is unsafe. A manual handling injury can result fromthe use of incorrect lifting techniques which may make the load awkward to lift or heavier by virtue of the lifting technique itself.
Loads should be handled in accordance witht he manufacturer's recommendations and precaution statements. This information may be provided in user manuals, brochures or on the product itself (for example, labeling on cartons).
Note: training in lifting techniques should not be used as the sole or primary means to control the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.