Everyone should be aware of, identify and report hazards at work.
What is a hazard?
A hazard is:
- anything with the potential to cause injury or illness to people, or
- cause damage to the environment, property, plant or equipment.
Proactive identification and control of workplace health and safety hazards helps prevent accidents and incidents.
All staff and students have a responsibility to report hazards to their supervisor, either in person or via Hazard and Incident Reporting Online (HIRO) system, as soon as is reasonably practicable.
Supervisors and managers have the additional responsibility to (in consultation with staff) identify, assess and monitor any hazards arising from the work activities undertaken, and to monitor the effectiveness of control measures put in place to address these hazards. This consultation is a legal requirement.
Procedures to identify and address hazards are included in your faculty or unit's Health and Safety Plan (UTS staff access only) . The Plan details compliance requirements for all staff regarding hazards including the need for regular inspections to be performed in offices and general work areas (UTS staff access only), and in laboratories, workshops and plant rooms.
Faculty/Unit Health and Safety Plans do vary from faculty/unit so it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with your area's plan.
The procedures UTS has in place to address hazards in your work area are detailed in your faculty or unit's Health and Safety Plan.