Managing health and safety risks

To keep all staff, students and visitors healthy and safe while on our campuses and facilities or undertaking University related activities, we use the process of risk management. Risk management involves identifying hazards and then assessing and controlling the risks. It is a proactive approach to preventing accidents.  A risk assessment should be carried out for:

  • research projects
  • teaching activities
  • all other activities that involve an element of risk including events, overseas student placements, site visits or excursions

Risk assessment process

Risk Assessment Process - Research and Teaching Projects

If the activity or project you are planning has any associated hazards or risks to health and safety complete a Safety Review form (PDF, 2MB). The risk assessment template (DOC, 151KB) will assist you to identify the hazards and risks. Completing the Risk Management Introduction training module will also help.

Risk Assessment Process - International Travel

If you are undertaking international travel as part of a group undergraduate placement, work integrated learning or coursework, please complete the Global Experience Risk Management Form (DOC, 77KB). Please see the Risk Assessment and review process flowchart (PDF, 167KB) for further information.

For activities involving international travel to, or work overseas, in high risk destinations* you can book a trip through the UON Travel Management Portal and this will request Health and Safety Risk Management information and documentation for the travel event and the activities that will be undertaken whilst travelling. Alternatively, travellers can complete the Health and Safety Risk Management International Travel - Safety Risk Assessment and Approval Form (PDF, 75KB), prior to booking travel and provide this to the Health and Safety Team. Refer to the KRA 2.5 Travelling on University Business and this includes a guide to what Health and Safety Risk Management documentation and information you may provide with your application. *High risk travel is outlined in KRA 2.5 - Travelling on University Business (PDF, 338KB).

Should you have any questions about these processes, please contact the Health & Safety Team on 4033 9999 (option #5). Further information can be found by reading the International travel FAQ.

Memo to GP: Request for review of medical risks for international traveller (PDF, 22KB)

Audits and Inspections

In addition to reporting Health and Safety and Environmental incidents, hazards and near misses, AIMS can be used to develop, schedule and undertake audits and inspection. If you would like more information about or assistance with creating an audit or inspection checklist, please contact your Health and Safety Business Partner.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.