UQ conducts regular internal health, safety and wellness (HSW) audits and participates in scheduled, independent, external audits of this type. Workplaces across UQ are also required to carry out HSW inspections. This is to ensure continual improvement of HSW systems.

Local workplace safety inspections

Annual workplace inspections

All workgroups within UQ are required to assess their workplace at least annually. This assessment should be carried out by the local Work Health and Safety Coordinator (WHSC), with assistance from the local Health and Safety Representative (HSR).

Complete your audit via iAuditor, using the general 'UQ HSW – Annual Workplace Inspection Checklist'. 

Contact the HSW Division if you would like to borrow a device to conduct your inspection.

Chemical safety inspections

Facilities that purchase, store, use or dispose of chemicals at the University are required to review chemical management practices within their workplace at least annually. The assessment should be carried out by the local Safety Coordinator, with assistance from the Facility Manager.

Complete your audit via iAuditor, using the 'UQ HSW - Chemical Safety Inspection Checklist'.

Reporting and corrective action plans

Opportunities for improvement and any required corrective actions will be identified following health and safety inspections and audits to ensure the ongoing improvement of HSW management systems at UQ. 

Key findings and corrective actions should be reported at the relevant local HSW Committee meeting. Discussions to implement recommended corrective actions, as well as progress reports, must remain on the committee agenda until all actions are resolved. Refer to Section 8.3.1 Agenda of PPL 2.10.01 Occupational Health and Safety Committees for more information.

Internal health and safety audit program

HSW conducts an internal occupational health and safety (OHS) audit program every year to monitor the effectiveness of UQ's OHS management systems and their implementation by organisational units.

This program is a key aspect of UQ's risk management approach as per the Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Procedures [2.30.01].

The audit program comprises a combination of three audit types:

  • Full OHS Management System Audit using the National Self-Insurers OHS Audit Tool (NAT) Element 3 (Implementation)
  • OHS Management Systems Audit of discrete areas of the NAT (for example, Risk Management and Emergency Management)
  • Audit themed by a specific risk factor and control check (for example, radiation safety, plant and equipment safety and chemicals safety).

The audit program is informed by criteria including:

  • UQ's corporate HSW risk register and its top 10 HSW risks
  • organisational units' HSW risk profile
  • HSW policy and procedure documents
  • the NAT (Element 3) v4.

The program is then approved by the Vice Chancellor's Risk and Compliance Committee.

The full OHS Management System Audit and partial OHS Management Systems Audit are both completed via iAuditor, using the 'UQ HSW – National Self Insurance Audit Tool (Full)' template.

Performance against UQ's HSW goals (staff login required) (PDF, 331.9 KB) is also reviewed in the auditing process.

A report of the findings and any recommended corrective actions is submitted to the audited area. Corrective actions will be monitored until they are completed.

External health and safety audits

As a self-insured organisation for workers compensation, UQ is required to demonstrate adequate systems for managing occupational health and safety. 

This is verified by passing an independent, external audit against the National Self-Insurer OHS Audit Tool (PDF, 6.6 MB).

Contact for additional information

Contact the HSW Division if you have any questions about internal or external auditing requirements or processes.