Director, Health, Safety and Environment
Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar
Date of Next Review
QUT recognises that certain work or study-related activities may increase the risk of contracting an infectious or communicable 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, working with pathogenic organisms, and travelling to certain areas or countries.
The University is committed to ensuring QUT community members (staff, students and authorised visitors) do not put themselves or others at risk of harm. The University actively reduces the risk of exposure to harm by assessing and controlling the risks associated with work and study practices, providing appropriate information to relevant persons, and promoting appropriate vaccination to those at risk.
This policy applies to QUT community members who, as part of their work or study, may be at risk of exposure to an infectious or communicable disease, and those who have responsibility for supervising these people.
QUT complies with Queensland Health policy which requires all members of the QUT community working in Queensland Health facilities to be appropriately vaccinated.
Under the Public Health Act 2005 (Qld) the University is required to disclose contact information to Queensland Health to trace persons at risk and assist to prevent or minimise the spread of a notifiable condition, e.g. measles, whooping cough.
This policy does not address the communicable disease risk and travel immunisation requirements for persons travelling on QUT business overseas. The QUT Travel policy (G/5.5) provides further information.
Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar
Executive deans of faculty/heads of division/vice-presidents/deputy vice-chancellors
|Heads of school/department/independent section||
|Managers and supervisors||
|Staff or students where immunity is a condition of work or placement in Queensland Health or other healthcare facility||
|Staff or Higher Degree Research (HDR) students where immunity is a recommended control for undertaking work or a research activity||
Infection control procedures available to QUT, as specified by the Department of Health - Australian Immunisation Handbook, consider vaccination a basic precautionary measure for vaccine-preventable diseases.
Vaccinations are available to QUT staff and students through the QUT Medical Centres.
The organisational unit will meet all costs associated with the vaccination of staff or Higher Degree Research (HDR) students whose positions or program of study/research may place them "at risk".
All other students must meet the costs of vaccination and evidence of immunity themselves, unless otherwise arranged. Course material supplied to students must highlight the requirement for vaccination.
The Health, Safety and Environment webpages provide more information on assessing and managing risks and managing vaccination and immunisation.
There will be times when the general public (including the QUT community) may be subject to communicable diseases. Identification and treatment of such diseases is the responsibility of the individual’s medical practitioner or the appropriate unit in Queensland Health.
QUT is required to comply with the advice and directions of the appropriate Public Health Unit of the Queensland Department of Health when certain infectious or communicable 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 infectious or communicable diseases including notifiable conditions is provided through the Queensland Health website and Health, Safety and Environment communicable and infectious diseases webpages (QUT staff access only).
Authorised visitors - means genuine visitors that the University may, from time to time, provide with access to facilities to enhance their ability to complete tasks for the University or to liaise with the University. Such visitors may include, but are not limited, to: alumni, external auditors, regulators or consultants, potential clients or business partners, contractors or vendors, volunteers, conference delegates, and students and staff of other universities with reciprocal arrangements.
Infectious diseases are diseases caused by pathogenic agents or microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites) when they enter the body. An infectious disease may also be transmissible from person to person or animal to person otherwise known as a communicable disease.
Notifiable conditions are diseases that are required to be reported by a health care professional (e.g. doctor) to government authorities.
QUT community means all staff, students and authorised visitors.
MOPP A/2.5 Risk management
MOPP E/3.3 Preparedness for professional experience
MOPP G/5.5 Travel
Australian Immunisation Handbook - Australian Government, Department of Health
Australian Immunisation Register – Australian Government, Department of Human Services
Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) - Australian Government, Department of Health
Communicable and infectious diseases (QUT staff access only)
Blood Borne Virus Procedure (Faculty of Health only found in the Health Hub) (QUT staff access only)
Health, Safety and Environment Risk Register (QUT staff access only)
Communicable and Infectious Diseases Procedure (QUT staff access only)
Public Health Unit – Queensland Health
Vaccine Agreement/Decline of Offer form (QUT staff access only)
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) (QUT staff access only)
Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)
Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)
Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld)
|07.04.20||All||Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar||Periodic review - revised policy|
|06.03.17||All||Registrar||Simplified policy and minor revisions|
|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