Health and safety communications, safety alerts, safety bulletins, archived news items, consultation papers and trials
Health and Safety Communication
If your area manages a local OHS committee, develop Terms of Reference for the committee meeting. (Seek assistance from your H&S Consultant establishing a local OHS Committee that is compliant to legislation) Develop a standing agenda for your management and team meetings; ensure Health & Safety is included on the agenda.
- Budget Division OHS committee terms of reference template
- Local consultative OHS committee terms of reference template
Current Safety Alerts and Bulletins
- Safety Bulletin 17-04: Electrical testing and tagging
- Safety Alert 17-02: Working at heights and building roof access
- Safety Bulletin 17-03: Labelling asbestos containing materials
- Safety Bulletin 17-02: Serious injury and incident notification
- Safety Bulletin 17-01: Incident and hazard reporting and investigation
- Safety Alert 17-01: Using a microwave oven in a laboratory
- Safety Bulletin 16-03: WHO - Zika virus update
- Safety Bulletin 16-02: Chemical risk assessments - resources
- Safety Bulletin 16-01: Triggers for chemical risk assessments
- Safety Alert 16-01: Sit stand workstations
Archived Safety Alerts and Bulletins
Please note that the following alerts and bulletins are out of date but can still be useful for their various topics. Links, titles and content specificities may be incorrect.
- Safety Bulletin 15-05: Working with liquid nitrogen
- Safety Bulletin 15-04: Calibration Requirements for Health & Safety Monitoring Equipment
- Safety Bulletin 15-03: Pre-Purchase Risk Assessment
- Safety Bulletin 15-02: Mobile Devices and Walking
- Safety Bulletin 15-01: Insulated Electrical Plugs (retracted). Refer to Standard operating procedures for electrical appliances
- Safety Bulletin 14-01: Incident Reporting & Investigation (reissued). Refer to Safety Bulletin 17-01 - Incident and hazard reporting and investigation
- Safety Alert 12-01: Thermal Comfort and Heat Illness (Stress)
- Safety Bulletin 11-01: Incident Reporting & Investigation (reissued). Refer to Safety Bulletin 17-01
- Safety Alert 10-01: Thermal Comfort and Heat Illness (reissued). Refer to Safety Alert 12-01
- Safety Bulletin 10-01: Thermal Comfort in Winter
- Safety Bulletin 09-05: First Aid & Emergency Response
- Safety Bulletin 09-04: OHS Pre-Purchase Risk Assessment
- Safety Bulletin 09-03: Tagging and Removing Faulty Plant and Equipment
- Safety Bulletin 09-02: Incident Reporting & Investigation (superseded). Refer to Safety Bulletin 17-01
- Safety Bulletin 09-01: Calibration Requirements for OHS Monitoring Equipment (superseded). Refer to Safety Bulletin 15-04
- Safety Alert 09-01: Thermal Comfort and Heat Illness (reissued). Refer to Safety Alert 01-12
- Safety Bulletin 08-02: Electrical Testing & Tagging (superseded). Refer to Safety Bulletin 17-04
- Safety Alert 08-01: Safe Use of Scissors and Knives
- Safety Alert 07-01: OH&S issues related to particulates from printers
- Safety Bulletin 07-01: Serious Injury and Incident Notification
Previous news items
- Tuesday 23 May
2017 Staff Influenza Vaccination Program has now concluded: If you would still like a vaccination please contact the Health Service or your personal GP for assistance (fees may apply).
- Friday 19 May
New Health & Safety training modules available on TrainME: Manual Handling, Office Ergonomics, Chemical Management, Gas Safety, Personal Protective Equipment.
- Wednesday 10 May
New RISK icon on Staff Hub: The ERMS icon on Staff Hub has had a recent name change to RISK as shown in the below image:
- Friday 5 May
Chemical documents updated: A number of new and updated chemical documents have been published. A full list of documents and the changes are outlined in the Change Log.
- Monday 27 March
New Incident and Hazard Reporting page: Due to ERMS replacing THEMIS, the Incident Reporting page has been updated, extensively restructured and rebranded. If you can't locate something, please contact your local Health and Safety Business Partner, or the central Health & Safety team.
- Monday 27 March
- Monday 27 March
Incident forms updated: The following forms have been renamed and restructured in response to ERMS requirements. Please note that all reference to S numbers have bee removed.
Incident report (S3) is now divided into: Incident report and Hazard report.
Incident investigation (S4) is now: Incident investigation.
Witness statement (S5) is now: Witness record of events.
Congratulations: Congratulations to Andres Diaz on his election to the OHSC, and Paula Mitchell and Darren Tucker on their re-election.
ERMS Consultation Feedback: Following an email summary of configurable health and safety components within ERMS, feedback was requested from stakeholders between 12/12/16 and 09/01/17. All recieved feedback was reviewed, correlated adn accepted whenever possible. Feedback was only rejected where the system was non-configurable or when deemed to be non-beneficial.
- Friday 24 February
Safety Alert: Safety alert 17/01: Using a microwave oven in a laboratory. An incident involving a microwave occurred in one of the laboratories within the University. As a result a number of corrective actions have been completed and the SOP and risk assessment have been updated.
- Friday 17 February
Plant and electrical equipment: Danger tags and lock out devices and Out of service tags information can now be found on the Plant and electrical equipment page.
- Friday 27 January
ERMS (Enterprise Risk Management System): ERMS is replacing THEMIS as the University's incident and hazard reporting system. Whilst ERMS was due to go live on Wednesday 1st February 2017, we have been advised that this time-frame will not be met.
Radiation page updated: forms, guidance, requirements and processes relating to radiation have been added to the radiation page as a quick reference for users.
New Requirements approved and published: Health & Safety Requirements have replaced the policies withdrawn from the Melbourne Policy Library following changes to the Melbourne Policy Framework (MPF). The requirements have now been published on this website.
Consultation papers and trials
We use this page to consult the University community about changes to health and safety policy and procedure. Sometimes we also seek feedback and participation for surveys and trials.
Consultation helps us to generate better health and safety policy and procedure, and to achieve healthier, safer and more environmentally sustainable workplace outcomes for the University.
When a change to health and safety policy and procedure is proposed, a direct email notification will be sent to key stakeholders, including elected employee Health & Safety Representatives, and an article will be published in Staff News. Proposed changes to Health & Safety Policy and Procedure will always be available for comment for at least ten working days.
All staff members are encouraged to provide written comments on the consultation papers posted on this page.
Papers currently available for consultation
Draft document title Consultation expiry date None at this time
How to provide comments
- Review the discussion paper
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in the Subject field the discussion paper title.
- To guarantee consideration comments must be received by 5.00pm on the consultation expiry date.
- The Associate Director, Health & Safety, will consider all comments submitted by staff and, where relevant, take account of the comments into the ongoing development of the policy, procedure or initiative in question.
What happens next?
This section provides links to some of the outcomes of recent discussion papers:
- For newly published Health & Safety policies and procedures, please refer to the Change Log.