Coronavirus advice

UQ imports goods from a number of regions affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Currently, the World Health Organization advises there is low risk of commercial goods being contaminated by an infected person, or of catching the virus from goods that have been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature.

You don't need personal protective equipment (PPE) when unpacking containers. This includes gloves, gowns, eye protection or face shields. Make sure you practise good cough etiquette and hand hygiene.

Business units should review their supply chains and any reliance on imports from affected regions. Before you engage with a new supplier, be careful. Fraudulent suppliers have taken advantage of the current supply chain uncertainty.

Hygiene supplies

Enterprise Procurement has established an approved supply arrangement for the supply of hand sanitisers, chlorhexidine handwash, alcohol wipes, and PPE items (masks, gloves and coverings).

The products on this arrangement have been evaluated to ensure that they meet minimum specifications, and Enterprise Procurement has negotiated with the suppliers to assure steady supply and competitive pricing.

Approved supply arrangement and buyer's guide for hygiene supplies (UQ login required)

Face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE)

Enterprise Procurement and HSW teams are working to ensure there is a steady supply of appropriate quality face masks and PPE. The equipment can be purchased through UQeMarket, and the purchase should be supported by a relevant safety risk assessment.

Face masks and PPE are available for University activities where a risk assessment has determined that physical distancing is difficult to maintain. See advice on conducting a risk assessment (PDF, 242 KB).

UQ will not be providing face masks or PPE for general or personal use, including for commuting to and from campus, or circulating while on campus.

If you envisage an ongoing need for this equipment for University activities, please discuss these needs with your HSW Manager to ensure that forecasting of requirements remains accurate.