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4. Health and Safety

TAFE Queensland's Commitment to Health and Safety

What You Need to Know

TAFE Queensland is committed to providing a safe, healthy and productive working environment for all people who work, study, visit a campus or have the potential to be affected by TAFE Queensland activities.

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld) applies to you and includes a number of work health and safety (WHS) obligations. You will contribute significantly to meeting your obligations for WHS at TAFE Queensland by putting in place these top five priorities, referred to as the Student High 5s:

  • Take care of your own health and safety and don't do anything that will affect the safety of others;
  • Obey safety signage and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Follow directions given by TAFE Queensland staff and employers;
  • Only use property, plant and equipment for its intended purposes; and
  • Report all injures incidents, hazards or near misses to your teacher or other staff, or employers.

You are entitled to challenge, in a respectful manner, directions or decisions of TAFE Queensland staff and employers if you consider them to be unlawful, unreasonable, or to potentially endanger a person's health or safety.

Personal Protective Equipment

What You Need to Know

You are expected to use personal protective equipment and wear any other clothing necessary to meet the work health and safety requirements of your program.

If you choose not to wear the personal protective equipment and other clothing required for a task you will be excluded from the activity.

Evacuation Procedures

What You Need to Know

You are required to familiarise yourself with emergency procedures for your specified areas of study.

Know where your emergency assembly area is and the designated evacuation routes nearest to where you are undertaking education and training.

During emergency evacuations or lockdowns, your supervisor or teachers will act as emergency co-ordinators. For your safety, please ensure that you follow the instructions of the officer in control.

WHS Incident Reporting

What You Need to Know

If you have noticed a potential safety hazard in your learning environment, or are involved in a WHS accident or incident you should report it to a TAFE Queensland staff member.

Your safety and the safety of others is the most important thing. TAFE Queensland will work to ensure that your health and safety is secured, and from there the incident is investigated and managed.