Health, Safety and Wellness Consultant (Chemicals)

University of Queensland
June 06, 2024
Offerd Salary:$108,975 - $122,176
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Working Time:Full time
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  • Health, Safety and Wellness Division

  • Broaden your career within one of QLD's largest employers

  • Full-time, continuing (permanent) position

  • Base salary will be in the range $108,975 - $122,176 + 17% Superannuation

  • Based at St Lucia

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you will have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    An excellent opportunity is available for a Health, Safety and Wellness Consultant (Chemicals) based within the Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) Division. In this role, you will guide and support the University's chemical risk management systems to enhance safety, and compliance with relevant legislation and Codes of Practice. You will develop and lead collaborative projects that enhance and embed chemical safety and compliance requirements into daily decision making in corporate governance systems and processes at UQ. This position will also have a key role in facilitating the chemical management framework and accompanying procedures and guidelines, for the mitigation of identified chemicals risks. Working within the HSW Division, the position will also be expected to perform general high-level HSW advisory activities.

    The Health, Safety and Wellness Consultant (Chemicals) is responsible for providing specialist advice to the University and its staff about chemicals management to enhance safety and compliance, best practices and how to reduce the impact of chemical risk factors at work and will work closely with health, safety and wellness staff within the Universities faculties, institutes and other business units.

    Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and lead collaborative projects that embed chemical safety and compliance requirements at UQ.

  • Implement the chemicals management framework for the University, that includes effective chemical inventory, safe use of scheduled medicines and poisons, chemicals of security concern and hazardous area management.

  • Support the UQ health, safety and wellness network (particularly faculty/institute HSW managers) in developing and enhancing chemicals management, safety and compliance across work units.

  • Provision of advice and assistance to internal and external stakeholders on health, safety and wellness matters, with a particular emphasis on chemicals management, safety and compliance.

  • Engage constructively with internal stakeholders, including Heads of Schools and other University management, the HSW network at UQ etc to enhance chemical safety outcomes for the University.

  • Develop, monitor and review policies, procedures and guidelines that assist in enhancing chemicals management, safety and compliance, and minimise exposure to chemical risk factors in the workplace.

  • Conduct or contribute to incident investigations, particularly where organisational factors have contributed to adverse outcomes.

  • Design, develop and implement workplace HSW programs (including training and audit programs), with a particular emphasis on chemicals management, chemical safety and compliance, and chemical risk related matters.

  • This is a full-time, continuing position.

    At HEW level 8, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $108,975 - $122,176, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $127,500 - $142,946 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

    About You
  • Tertiary qualifications (undergraduate or postgraduate) in science or applied science, e.g., Chemistry, Biochemistry, Occupational Hygiene, or a related field, in conjunction with a minimum of five years practical experience in chemical safety management.

  • Demonstrated experience in designing, implementing and evaluating chemical safety risk management programs and initiatives in large, complex organisations.

  • Practical experience in applying legislative requirements that demonstrates an ability to apply legislation, standards and codes of practice such as Chapter 7 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 (Qld amended), Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 (Qld) and Medicines and Poisons (Medicines) Regulation 2021 (Qld), National Code of Practice for chemicals of security concern.

  • Demonstrated experience of strong engagement and partnership building skills that could be applied to the design and implementation of corporate initiatives which may comprise complex policy and operational aspects. An ability to develop and present effective training and awareness programs in areas related to safety leadership, safety culture and chemical safety areas.

  • Demonstrated ability to gather, analyse and interpret data to produce succinct, definitive and well-written, compelling reports.

  • Desirable

  • Knowledge of university operating procedures

  • Post-graduate Qualifications in Chemistry, OHS or Occupational Hygiene.

  • Experience working with Chemicals.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr Peter McGarry [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with a disability, or age. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Thursday, 6 June 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-38850).

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