Student Health and Safety
Safety is important and the following information outlines your roles and legal responsibilities as a student of the University in regard to managing your and other peoples’ health and safety.
What are my roles and responsibilities as a student of the University?
You should consider the potential for you to harm yourself or others through your actions and not to place yourself or others at risk.
If there are safety rules in place or instructions provided, you should ensure that you understand them and ask questions if you don’t, and follow those instructions to avoid harm.
What is your role in an Emergency?
As a student you have a role to take action in response to an emergency. The Emergency Procedures Module includes some valuable information however the following is a brief summary.
- When an alarm sounds, you must evacuate the building to the assembly point and follow the directions of the Emergency Warden members of staff, and Security Services.
- If you don’t have full mobility or have any other difficulty in responding to an emergency, you should complete a PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan). This can be a useful document in ensuring that your needs can be met and that the appropriate actions can be in place to ensure your safety during and emergency
How do you raise a safety concern, a hazard or report a near miss or injury?
If there is an immediate risk to the health and safety of a person or people, contact Security Services.
Take whatever action that you can without placing yourself in danger, to warn or avoid people getting hurt, and Security will take over when they arrive:
- (02) 4921 5888 (Newcastle campus and City precinct)
- (02) 8262 6488 (Sydney campus)
- 4348 4222 (Central Coast campus)
- 0412 595 054 (Port Macquarie)
It is important to report all injuries, illnesses, hazards and near misses to a member of the University staff.
For emergency assistance please call 000. Once the ambulance has been called please also call Security Services who will help direct the ambulance to your location.
What should you know about computer use and ergonomics?
Computer use and other desk activities have a potential to cause a range of injuries. Poor set-up and practices over extended time can cause greater fatigue, muscle and tendon stress and pain. As a student, you are likely to spend a great deal of time in front of a computer and writing reports or assignments. Learning the appropriate posture and how to set your desk up will go a long way to ensuring you don’t suffer from pain. There are Ergonomic information packages available on the Health and Safety web site.
What else should you know about safety at the University?
Bikes and Skateboards - While the University encourages the use of transport other than cars, riders of bikes and skateboards should exercise caution and slow down on shared paths. University paths are shared, and pedestrians have right of way.
Risks to your personal security - During the colder months in particular, many students are at the University after dark. Avoid placing yourself at risk by not being alone in dark areas of car parks and paths. Walk in pairs or groups and where this is not possible, Security Services can be contacted to request an escort. There are Security Help Points across the campuses as well as CCTV cameras at Callaghan. CCTV is being rolled out across other campuses in 2016. Security Services are able to escort students from buildings to their vehicles, the bus stop, or train station. For more information see the Security Services web page.
Spiders, snakes and other animals on campus – On the bushland campuses of the University, live a range of animals, insects and reptiles. Some of these can cause injury if they are disturbed by a human and become protective or aggressive. If you encounter any native creature, avoid making contact with the animal, insect or reptile and if there is a risk that someone could be injured, report the concern to Security Services or a member of University staff.
Slips, Trips or Falls – Events of this type are very common and can usually be attributed to rushing, not concentrating, wearing the wrong footwear, or adverse weather conditions. Avoid texting on the phone while walking or similar distracting activities and get to where you are going without injury.