Safety Information - Induction


The School is constantly accommodating new staff, students and visitors. It is now our top priority to ensure that all members of staff and students are given a thorough safety induction by their supervisor. Part of the induction process should be performed on the first day and should be complete in the first week. It is essential that this induction be recorded on the WHS Induction Checklist form Microsoft Word document. Within their first few days at work, new starters will receive an email with a link to an on-line WHS induction unit. This unit should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The supervisor will sign the form and make two additional copies. A scanned copy is sent to the Safety Officer (Michael Joseph) and the supervisor and inductee keep the a copy.

To aid this process, use the University’s Work Health and Safety Risk Management system:

A number of useful WHS checklists, tools and forms can be found at

Safety Training

Supervisors may also require students to train in safety courses such as "Working with Chemicals", "Biosafety" or other courses, which require enrolment in the CareerPath system. As students do not have direct access to CareerPath, they may access through the University WHS site at Instructions for student access to CareerPath can also be found in the School Safety Manual (link on right side box and below).

The Biological Sciences Role of the SSC

SOBS Structure and Role of the School Safety Committee Adobe pdf document

The Biological Sciences Safety Manual

The manual contains useful notes for completing the induction form. Points in the manual corresponding to those on the induction form are indicated with a tick box.

SOBS Safety Induction Manual Microsoft Word Document

Student Safety

The University offers Health and Safety tips for students at


  • Show the new staff member the locations of nearest fire exits and alternative exit routes. Look for floor plans near your area showing these details.
  • Emergency assembly points are:
  1. A08-area in front of the Pharmacy and Bank Building. Alternative is the grassed area in front of the Edgeworth David Building near the footbridge,
  2. A12-Botany Lawn,
  3. A11- area in front of Post Office,
  4. F07-South West corner of Victoria Park.
  • Explain the emergency alarm system
  1. BEEP….BEEP…. Prepare to evacuate
  2. Check for any sign of immediate danger
  3. Shut down equipment and processes
  4. Collect any nearby personal items.
  5. WOOP….WOOP… Evacuate the building
  6. Follow the signs
  7. Escort visitors & those who require assistance
  8. Do not use lifts
  9. Proceed to the assembly area.
  • Chief Fire Wardens: are listed here.
  • Local Wardens: For the Floor Wardens and Stair Wardens in your area, consult the “Hazards in your area” posters and fire evacuation plan posters in your area.
  • Students, staff or visitors with disabilities: Please notify your local chief fire warden of any disability which may require assistance in identifying an alarm siren (sight/hearing), or evacuating a building in the event of an emergency (mobility).
  • Nominated First Aid Officers are listed here.
  • Provide details for Security Services ext 13333 (emergencies only) ext 13487 enquiries; fax: 1 4555, Police 0 0000
  • Explain incident, injury and illness reporting requirements. Any incident resulting in injury:
    - Seek medical advice
    - Accidents, incidents and near misses are to be reported within 24h online using RiskWare. Students without access to the RiskWare module of the MyHR online must have their supervisor report the incident. Alternatively contact the Safety Officer. Incidents in the field: Someone should notify the supervisor/Safety Officer/School Office/OHS Department with as much information as soon as possible.

Please note that reports must be within 24 hours. Details of remote incidents should be reported by telephone to any or all of; School Safety Officer (Michael Joseph), School Office (9351 3198), WHSS (9351 4126)

Explain procedures for reporting hazards and security threats, along the following lines:

  • Who is responsible for Safety? YOU ARE - For yourself and for your fellow workers.
  • Who else is responsible for Safety? EVERYONE - We all have responsibility for our own safety and the safety of others.

NO-ONE is entitled to 'walk away' and ignore a potentially unsafe situation. You must take appropriate ACTION to correct the situation. For example, if you see students waving scalpels around in a prac class, first inform the class supervisor so that immediate intervention can take place and then inform the Chair of the School’s OHS Committee (Michael Joseph) or another committee member so that long term preventative measures can be implemented.

  • IF you do not know - ASK
  • Accidents happen! - INFORM