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Workplace Environment and Facilities

Office Equipment

Staff are provided with standard office equipment. Individuals must not introduce their own office equipment, or other equipment that they may wish to use in their office.

If you have a special requirement at work, that is related to your health, wellbeing, disability or medical condition, you need to consult with your manager in the first instance.

Reasonable accommodation includes equipment and modifications that assist people with medical conditions and disabilities and may include modified computer input devices and software, footrests, document holders, desks and chairs.

It is appropriate to have an ergonomic/workstation assessment and consultation with an allied health professional or ergonomist, concerning your particular needs, before purchase or introduction of non-standard or personally owned equipment.

The health professional will provide advice, training, equipment recommendations if needed, and a written report.

The manager, employee and/or the Work Health and Safety team member may then discuss the report and the implementation of the recommendations.

Where non-standard or on very rare occasions, personal equipment is introduced to the office environment, the employee is responsible to use and maintain the equipment appropriately and in accordance with the University’s recommendations. Any personal device may be removed at the University Work Health and Safety team’s discretion.

As the employer is responsible for the safety of all building users, with a particular duty of care to employees and the effectiveness of the business activities in organisational unit, it is important that any non-standard equipment be approved for use by the University Work Health and Safety team.

Slips Trips and Falls

The high number of slips, trips and falls is a growing WHS issue resulting in a range of injuries from bruises, sprains and strains through to fractures and dislocations.

Slips occur when a person's foot loses traction with the floor. The most common cause of slips are slippery floor surfaces and inappropriate footwear.

Trips occur when a person is walking and one of the feet 'catch' unexpectedly on an object. Most of the time the objects that cause trips are small, unobtrusive cracks in flooring or walkways, changes in floor levels and leads left lying across walkways.

Falls can result from slips or trips but can also occur during falls from low heights such as steps and curbs.

Slips, trips and falls are not 'just one of those things' but can be prevented through good design, appropriate maintenance and risk management and reporting.

Staff and students can take a number of simple actions to avoid slip, trip and fall injuries.

For example:

  • keep vigilant while walking downstairs, (hold the guard rail)
  • avoid using mobile devices while walking (find a safe area to use your mobile device or wait until you reach your destination)
  • be aware that ice can form on cold winter mornings on pathways, (look for alternative routes if available)

If you see a hazard that may need to be reported, log the Hazard in MySAFETY