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University Safety Committee


The University of Southern Queensland has a University Safety Committee which meets five times a year.

The University Safety Committee is the central steering committee established by the Vice-Chancellor and reports to the Vice-Chancellor's Executive.  It deals with policy and procedural matters affecting work areas and employees throughout the University.  Issues which cannot be resolved locally may be referred to this committee for advice.  Additionally this committee has an oversight role to ensure local issues that have wider implications are raised to the appropriate level.

The Committee discharges its functions by:

  • encouraging an active interest in workplace health and safety among University employees;
  • reviewing and endorsing policy, standards and procedures;
  • supporting the provision of information, education and training for employees, students, contractors and visitors to the University;
  • reviewing the circumstances surrounding incidents referred to the Committee and making recommendations;
  • responding to recommendations from faculty or department health and safety committees;
  • developing and maintaining the mechanisms for resolution of workplace health and safety issues; and
  • making recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor on matters concerning workplace health and safety at USQ.

Members and roles 

The University Safety Committee is chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise Services) and includes both appointed Divisional Representatives and elected Health and Safety Representatives.

The four appointed Divisional Representatives are selected by the respective Deputy Vice-Chancellors and provide a management link between the Divisions and the University Safety Committee. 

There are eight positions for elected Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) on the Committee.  Their role is to consult with managers and employees of the university on any health and safety issue about which their advice is sought.  If you have any concerns about health and safety in your workplace you should talk the matter over with your supervisor initially and if necessary, then contact a HSR.