Manual of Policies and Procedures

H/4.2 Cleaning and waste management

Contact Officer

Executive Director, Facilities Management

Approval Date

15/08/2011

Approval Authority

Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar

Date of Next Review

01/09/2014

4.2.1 Cleaning of buildings
4.2.2 General waste and recycling
4.2.3 Chemical, radioactive and hazardous waste
4.2.4 Pathological waste
Related Documents
Modification History

4.2.1 Cleaning of buildings

Facilities Management has adopted a system of cleaning management for its buildings for which the Associate Director - Operations is responsible. A mix of in-house and contract cleaning is used to varying degrees across the campuses. Activities such as waste collection, pest control and hygiene services are carried out by contractors and supervised by the Operations Section. Further information is available on the Facilities Management website.

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4.2.2 General waste and recycling

General and specific waste contracts, which ensure that all waste / rubbish is removed from site, exist for all campuses. On all campuses general waste is collected and aggregated at specific locations by cleaning staff.

A recycling programme is a component of waste management and the University has implemented systems across all campuses. Details of waste management systems are available on the Facilities Management website.

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4.2.3 Chemical, radioactive and hazardous waste

The collection, management and disposal of chemical waste is the responsibility of the Department of Health, Safety and Environment ChemStore. Individual generators of chemical waste are responsible for the local management of such waste prior to being collected by an approved contractor via the ChemStore. Waste is collected ready for disposal by the contractor at an approved pick up point within the relevant QUT campus on a regular basis. It is mandatory that all chemical waste be disposed of via the ChemStore. Exemption from this process requires approval from the Head of the relevant Division or Faculty.

A regular disposal schedule is maintained by the ChemStore.

Radioactive waste material should undergo documented disposal by the user adhering to National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines. QUT has a Radiation Safety Officer whose role is to ensure compliance with relevant State regulations.

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4.2.4 Pathological waste

Pathological waste is collected into specially marked, lockable 120 or 240 litre wheelie bins which are collected under contract from user areas on a schedule that is appropriate to the user. Organisational units requiring pathological waste disposal services must submit a request to the Cleaning Manager, who will arrange pathological waste services. Responsibility for disposal costs and proper local management of pathological waste remains with user areas.


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Related Documents

MOPP G/5.3 Procurement

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
26.11.19 All Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar Approval Authority changed as a result of reporting line change - Vice-President (Resources) and Chief Financial Officer to Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar
14.01.13 All Director, Facilities Management Contact officer changed to Director, Facilities Management and minor editorial amendments to reflect organisational restructure
25.10.12 All Registrar Approval authority changed to Executive Director, Finance and Resource Planning
15.08.11 All Registrar Revised Policy - Chapter restructured
24.11.10 All Planning and Resources Committee Approval authority changed to Registrar
14.11.05 All Planning and Resources Committee Policy updated
20.12.01 All Director, Facilities Management Updated

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