Manual of Policies and Procedures

A/9.6 Communicable / infectious diseases

Contact Officer

Executive Director, Health, Safety and Environment

Approval Date

10/11/2015

Approval Authority

Vice-President (Administration) and Registrar

Date of Next Review

01/11/2018

9.6.1 Purpose
9.6.2 Application
9.6.3 Roles and responsibilities
9.6.4 Vaccination
9.6.5 Other communicable/infectious diseases
Related Documents
Modification History

9.6.1 Purpose

QUT recognises that certain work or study-related activities may increase the risk of contracting an infectious disease. This includes but is not limited to handling biological materials, providing some types of healthcare, exposure to human or animal tissues or body fluids, and travelling to certain areas or countries.

QUT is committed to reducing the risk of exposure to infectious diseases through continually conducting risk assessments of work and study practices, providing relevant information to those where risks are identified, and promoting appropriate vaccination to those at risk.

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9.6.2 Application

This policy applies to staff and students (including contractors and visitors) who, as part of their work or study, may be at risk of exposure to infectious diseases, and those who have responsibility for supervising these people.

The University complies with Queensland Health policy which requires all staff and visitors (including students) working in Queensland Health facilities to be appropriately vaccinated.

Under the Public Health Act 2005 the University is required to disclose contact information to Queensland Health to trace persons to help prevent or minimise the spread of a notifiable condition.

 

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9.6.3 Roles and responsibilities

Position
Responsibility

Vice-President (Administration) and Registrar

  • approves procedures under this policy, including procedures involving notifiable conditions under the Public Health Act 2005

Executive Deans/Heads of Division or Institutes

  • ensures appropriate procedures are in place to conduct and document risk assessment of work and study practices which may lead to exposure to infectious diseases
  • ensures appropriate local procedures are developed to manage the advice, certification and documentation process where risk requires certified vaccination of individuals
Heads of School
  • inform students well in advance of possible exposure and in sufficient time for the course of vaccination to confer immunity
Staff or students where immunisation is a condition of work or placement in Queensland Health
  • must be appropriately vaccinated (for example, against Hepatitis B), where required to work or study in Queensland Health's facilities
  • will be excluded from Queensland Health facilities if undertaking processes or procedures which carry disease contamination risks, unless they produce evidence of their vaccination and immunity status prior to their first visit

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9.6.4 Vaccination

As part of the infection control procedures available to the University, immunisation, as specified by Department of Health - Australian Immunisation Handbook, is considered a basic precautionary measure for vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccinations are available to QUT staff and students through QUT Health Services. Staff members whose positions may place them "at risk" will be provided with vaccination at no cost to the staff member, with costs met by the staff member's organisational unit.

Costs of vaccination and evidence of immunity will be met by the student, unless otherwise arranged. Course material supplied to students should highlight this requirement.

For more information on assessing risks and managing vaccination and immunisation, refer to the QUT Communicable and Infectious Diseases Procedure (QUT staff access only) and Health, Safety and Environment webpages (QUT staff access only).

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9.6.5 Other communicable / infectious diseases

The general public and the University community may be subject to diseases which spread from person to person. Identification and treatment of such diseases is the responsibility of the individual’s medical practitioner or the appropriate unit in Queensland Health. The Queensland Health website provides information on communicable diseases, including forms of hepatitis, tetanus and viral or bacterial infections.

QUT is required to comply with the advice and directions of the appropriate Public Health Unit of the Queensland Department of Health when certain communicable or infectious diseases are reported to the University.  The Public Health Unit’s instructions will determine issues of disclosure, contact with individuals, information for dissemination, and from time to time, may even govern which university activities are permitted or prohibited.

Further information on the management of communicable or infectious diseases including notifiable conditions under the Public Health Act 2005 is provided on the Health, Safety and Environment Department webpage in the Digital Workplace (QUT staff access only).

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Related Documents


MOPP A/2.5 Risk management

MOPP A/9.1 Health and safety framework

MOPP G/5.5 Travel

Communicable and Infectious Diseases Procedure
(QUT staff access only)

Australian Immunisation Handbook

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
06.03.17 All Registrar Simplified policy and minor revisions
10.11.15 All Registrar Revised policy
12.03.14

A/9.6.2

Council Revised policy to reflect approved new department titled Health, Safety and Environment and new appointment of Director, Health, Safety and Environment
18.11.09 All Associate Director, HR Health and Safety Advisory Services Periodic review – minor editorial changes only
10.06.05 All Registrar Policy reviewed (added link to Communicable Disease Protocol)
02.07.04 All Registrar Policy reviewed and re-named (previously A/9.6 Infectious diseases); links updated
23.06.03 All Registrar Updated in accordance with revised health and safety policy
04.02.02 A/9.6.2 Registrar (Chairperson, University Health and Safety Committee) Revised policy re availability of Hepatitis B vaccination

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