Manager Health, Safety and Wellness

University of Queensland
February 15, 2024
Offerd Salary:$106,838
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  • Faculty of Science

  • Be a key staff member within the Health, Safety & Wellness team

  • Assist in implementing the UQ Health, Safety and Wellness Strategy throughout the Faculty of Science

  • Full-time, continuing opportunity

  • Based across St Lucia and Gatton campuses

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll 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'll 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 on site/WFH options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight

  • 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 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    The incumbent will provide HSW advice to Stakeholders in the Faculty of Science including School Managers and Heads of School along with providing support to the Senior Manager, HSW in the Faculty of Science. The role will manage Health Safety and Wellness by providing practical assistance, advice, and oversight in the areas of laboratory (including chemical, radiation and biosafety), and animal production, field and crop research safety along with compliance requirements relating to Biosecurity, Chemicals of Security Concern and provision of Scheduled Medicines and Poisons. The incumbent will be required to work across both St Lucia and Gatton campuses.

    The position will assist in implementation of the UQ Health, Safety and Wellness Strategy 2022-2026 throughout the Faculty and promote the highest practicable standard of occupational health, safety and wellness, while supporting and encouraging a positive OHS culture, and facilitating compliance with legislation and national standards.

    There are ten main responsibilities and functions of health, safety and wellness positions at UQ:

  • Supporting UQ health, safety and wellness governance and consultative mechanisms

  • Developing, managing and maintaining UQ's OHS management system

  • Facilitating risk management processes at UQ

  • Developing and delivering health, safety and wellness programs

  • Providing advice, information and services

  • Monitoring health, safety and wellness performance

  • Developing health, safety and wellness capability

  • Incident investigation

  • Engagement with regulators and stakeholders

  • Workers' compensation self-insurance, return to work.

  • Key responsibilities

  • Actively contribute to HSW programs within the Faculty of Science.

  • Serve as the primary HSW advisor to a designated school within Science.

  • Monitor HSW performance and provide advice for optimal safety outcomes.

  • Develop and implement systems for HSW information dissemination.

  • Conduct risk assessments and workplace inspections, recommend control measures.

  • Promote a reporting culture and assist in incident investigations.

  • Act as Controlled Substances Officer, ensuring compliance with regulations.

  • Manage chemical inventories, biosafety, and radiation safety requirements.

  • Coordinate First Aid training and emergency preparedness.

  • Oversee maintenance of safety equipment and provide fieldwork support.

  • This is a full-time (100%), continuing position.

    At HEW level 8, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $106,838.31 - $119,780.70, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $125,000.82 - $140,143.42 annually.

    About You


  • Postgraduate qualifications in occupational health and safety or the physical or biological sciences or related field, and/or extensive experience and management expertise, and/or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

  • At least 2-5 years practical laboratory bench experience in a biological/chemical research laboratory or aligned research discipline.

  • At least 3-4 years' experience in the management of HSW-related practices relevant to biological/chemical or agricultural research.

  • High level interpersonal and written and oral communication skills and the ability to establish cooperative working relationships throughout the University.

  • Desirable

  • Broad knowledge of radiation safety requirements.

  • Broad knowledge of agricultural work environment safety requirements

  • Current Work Health & Safety Officer certification from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland or higher level of safety training or willingness to obtain

  • Sound knowledge and practical understanding of the relevant legislation governing PC1, PC 2 and DAFF requirements along with safe use and storage of hazardous chemicals.

  • Experience with Field based research

  • Current First Aid certification or willingness to obtain

  • 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.

  • Vaccinations and Immunisation: It is a condition of employment for this role that if you are required now or in the future, to work or interact in Queensland Health clinical facility; or in an equivalent clinical health facility; or health care role; or will be required to perform work tasks that put you at risk of exposure to vaccine-preventable disease you are required to be immunised against, and remain immunised against, certain vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs), namely Q Fever and Tetanus, in accordance with the University's Vaccinations and Immunisation Guidelines (PPL 2.60.08). The employee is required to provide evidence of immunisation against VPDs.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr Kelly Cosgrove at [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

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume', which is step one of the application form.

    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 our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. 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 February 15th at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-35180).

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