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Safety Management System - Project Zero

Elements of the Safety Management System


Project Zero is the Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) within USQ. Project Zero has been developed to provide a strategic focus and framework for USQ initiatives in the field of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS).

Aim of Project Zero

The aim of Project Zero is to provide USQ with a comprehensive system to plan, implement, evaluate, review and audit the effectiveness of existing and future policies, procedures and work practices, and achieve compliance with relevant legislation.

Project Zero goals

The goals of Project Zero are:

  • zero harm to all employees, students, contractors and visitors attributable to human factors within control of USQ,
  • zero breaches of Work Health and Safety and related legislation,
  • zero hazards and safety related risks that are not recognised and managed by the Safety Management System, and
  • zero unreported incidents or breaches of Work Health and Safety and related legislation.

Project Zero philosophy

The philosophy behind the Project Zero framework is based on the belief that all employees, students and visitors should leave USQ in as good as, if not better, physical and mental condition than when they arrived.


Project Zero is organised into 12 elements relating to specific areas of responsibility or commonality of task and contains links to associated documentation: