Executive Director, Health, Safety and Environment
Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar
Date of Next Review
9.2.3 Roles and responsibilities
9.2.4 Environmental protection
9.2.5 Health, Safety and Environmental Management System
9.2.6 Environmental risk assessment
9.2.7 Environmental licenses
9.2.8 Monitoring and management
9.2.9 Reporting of incidents
QUT is committed to the effective management of environmental risk (environmental protection) and prevention of environmental harm.
This policy applies to all QUT community members (staff and students; QUT's contractors or subcontractors and their employees; employees of a labour hire company assigned to work at QUT; outworkers; apprentices or trainees; those gaining work experience at QUT; and volunteers).
All QUT community members have a general duty of care established by the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EP Act) to prevent and minimise harm to environmental values. In line with this, the University requires that all members act with due diligence in the prevention of environmental harm, particularly those in supervisory roles and those with stated obligations under permits, licences and authorities issued by state or federal jurisdictions.
Vice-Chancellor and President
Principal Officers (Deputy Vice-Chancellors, executive directors, the Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar and other senior officers (e.g. Executive Deans)
|Executive Director, Health, Safety and Environment||
|Executive Director, Facilities Management||
|University Health, Safety and Environment Committee (UHSEC)||
|Local area Health, Safety and Environment Committees||
|Health, Safety and Environment Professionals||
|Health, Safety and Environment Advisors (HSEA’s)||
|Other members of the university community||
QUT is committed to meeting its environmental protection obligations under Queensland and Australian legislation, relevant codes and Australian standards. In meeting these obligations, the University will:
- identify and address environmental risk
- promote and encourage environmental awareness and training to ensure all community members are aware of their environmental responsibilities
- implement and maintain a University-wide Health, Safety and Environment Management System that allows significant environmental aspects and significant impacts to be identified and managed so as to meet QUT’s general environmental duty
- ensure all community members are informed and aware of their general environmental duty.
The QUT Health, Safety and Environmental Management System (HSEMS) provides a framework to ensure that the University's practices are examined regularly with a view to environmental protection. The Department of Health, Safety and Environment is responsible for implementing and updating the Health, Safety and Environmental Management System.
There are a wide range of activities conducted by QUT which have the potential to cause environmental harm. To minimise environmental risk associated with QUT operations, a risk assessment should be conducted before the commencement of any activity which has the potential to result in environmental harm.
QUT will obtain the required environmental licence, permit or registration before commencing activities which have the potential to cause environmental harm. Where QUT holds a licence, permit or registration (QUT staff access only) for an activity that has an environmental aspect the licence holder will be advised before the commencement of the activity.
In order to achieve continual improvement of environmental performance, QUT monitors and reviews key characteristics of its operations and activities. Continual improvement of environmental performance will be demonstrated through achievement of objectives and targets, protection with operational controls and the effective implementation of environmental operational procedures. Compliance with the Health, Safety and Environmental Management System, statutory and other obligations will be monitored by the Department of Health, Safety and Environment team through audits and inspections and through a system of self-assessment and review.
There is a responsibility to report environmental incidents to the regulator in some circumstances. Information on Reporting Notifiable Incidents at QUT (QUT staff access only) is provided on the Health, Safety and Environment pages in the Digital Workplace.
MOPP A/2.5 Risk management
QUT Risk Management Framework (QUT staff access only)
Environmental Protection Act 1994
Environmental Protection Regulation 1998
National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development