UQ conducts regular internal health, safety and wellness (HSW) audits and participates in scheduled, independent, external audits of this type. This is to ensure continual improvement of HSW systems.

Internal OHS 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 OHS risk register and its top 10 OHS risks
  • organisational units' OHS risk profile
  • OHS 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 both use the OHS Management Systems Audit Report template (includes NAT criteria and UQ OHS corporate statements)(PDF, 540KB).

Performance against UQ's OHS goals (PDF, 331KB) (staff login required) 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 OHS 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, 6.6MB).

Annual OHS workplace inspections

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

Use the general OHS Workplace Assessment Checklist (DOC, 44KB) to complete your audit.

Chemical safety inspection checklist

Facilities that purchase, store, use or dispose of chemicals at the University are encouraged 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.

Use the Chemical Safety Inspection Checklist (DOC, 39KB) to complete your audit. Records must be kept locally for auditing purposes.

Corrective Action Plan

A Corrective Action Plan (CAP) must be developed after health and safety inspections and assessments. The CAP should summarise recommendations to ensure ongoing improvement of HSW management systems at UQ.

The CAP should also be tabled at the relevant local OHS Committee meeting, with discussions and progress recorded for auditing purposes.

Use the CAP template (DOC, 35KB) to complete your plan.

Contact the OHS Audit Coordinator if you have any questions about internal or external auditing requirements or processes.