Managing hazards and working safely
The University is a complex working environment with unique hazards you need to incorporate in your risk management strategies and be aware of as you work.
A hazard is anything which has the potential to cause harm. A risk is the likelihood that something will happen combined with the severity of the outcome.
The Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) requires that every person conducting business at the University:
- identifies hazards that may put people at risk
- has controls in place to mitigate those risks
- coordinates with others whose responsibility it is to manage the risks (for example, University contractors).
The University is large and complex. Common risk environments include:
- public spaces with events
- teaching spaces such as laboratories
- shared access ways—designed for vehicle and pedestrian traffic
- high pedestrian traffic areas
- construction or maintenance sites
- service areas, like plant rooms, tunnels, risers, lift motor rooms
- storage areas containing hazardous goods
- workspaces with hazardous equipment, like electron microscopes, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) devices
- hazardous substance storage—toxic, corrosive, biological and flammable substances workshops.