Work at height

The definition of work at height is where there is a risk of falling from one level to another (e.g. falling from a step ladder). Working at height is undertaken across all areas of the university and all campuses and sites. The key process and control for working at height are:

  • access to roof and unprotected balconies is restricted and centrally managed by P&F
  • where work at height can’t be undertaken on a solid construction and where fall arrest is the main measure to control the risk, UQ will outsource the work to competent contractors
  • high risk construction work that involves a risk of a person falling more than 2 metres must be undertaken with a relevant Safe Work Method Statement in place
  • risk assessments must be undertaken for all hazards associated with working at height
  • UQ Workers who have permission to work at height must be appropriately trained and competent.

UQ’s Work at Height Management Plans describe the systems developed by UQ to identify and mitigate risks associated with work at height.

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Confined spaces

Confined spaces pose dangers because they are usually not designed to be areas where people work. Confined spaces often have poor ventilation which allows hazardous atmospheres to quickly develop, especially if the space is small.

Working in a confined space has the potential to increase the risk of injury from noise, being overcome by fumes, gases or oxygen depletion, high or low temperatures, manual handling, and slips, trips and falls.

The key process and control for working in and around confined spaces are:

  • UQ workers that have permission to work in and around confined spaces must be appropriately trained and competent
  • a risk assessment must be undertaken to identify the hazards present in and around all confined spaces
  • high-risk construction work in confined spaces must not be carried out without a relevant Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)
  • work in confined space must not commence until Entry Permits and Emergency Response Plan has been completed
  • completed Confined Space Entry Permits must be checked
  • contractors must obtain authorisation from P&F or the engaging UQ Organisational Unit to access the confined space
  • hot work must not be undertaken in a confined space that has a hazardous atmosphere unless a Hot Work Permit (PF-220) has been issued and approved.

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