Health & Safety

UNSW Health & Safety

UNSW provides advice and assistance to the UNSW community on all matters relating to occupational health, safety and welfare. Visit UNSW Health & Safety website for more information.

The UNSW Faculty of Engineering provides information, resources and training programs to enable all persons working within the Faculty to carry out their WHS responsibilities. Visit Faculty of Engineering Health & Safety webpage for more information.

Health & Safety

School commitment

The School is committed to protecting the health and safety of all staff, students, visitors and contractors. The School consults staff and students in implementing safety practices and systems within the workplace. Inspections and training, combined with a wide range of communication methods, ensure that all staff and students are informed of their responsibilities.

Consultative arrangement

The School will consult with staff and students on HS issues as they arise. Consultation is conducted through the School Workplace Safety Committee and any representatives or ex-officio members on that committee. Minutes of the meetings are posted on the HS noticeboard (located in the Ground Level foyer of the Civil Engineering Building) and on the School's Intranet. Staff and students are encouraged to raise matters with any member of the Committee or directly to the School management.

Committee

This Committee is a Level 3 Health & Safety Consultation Committee as described in the UNSW HS Consultation Procedure. The role of the Committee is to: 

  • assist the Head of School to meet their legal responsibility to consult with employees on matters that impact on their health, safety and welfare;
  • facilitate effective consultation with employees and students in order to identify and resolve HS issues at the local level where they arise; and 
  • perform functions specified in Part 5, Division 4, Section 77 of the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and relevant sections of the NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

Representation and participation

It is comprised of members elected or nominated from the workplace which are representative of all workgroups within the School. Representatives are elected from undergraduate and postgraduate student bodies. The School Management may appoint representatives.

The physical areas covered by the Committee include: 

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Main Building H20 
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Laboratory Block – Vallentine Annexe H22 
  • Water Research Centre – Vallentine Annexe H22 
  • Heavy Structures Laboratory, Randwick R9 
  • Water Research Laboratory, Manly Vale

Functions of the committee

Facilitate effective consultation and communication on WHS matters with management, staff and students in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Activities include: 

  • Talking with people in the workplace about their health and safety concerns;
  • Raising HS issues with management and the Committee;
  • Following up on outstanding items and giving feedback;
  • Preparing for and participating in Committee meetings and allocated tasks; 
  • Continuing review of the measures taken to ensure the health, safety and welfare of persons at the place of work;
  • Conducting scheduled workplace inspections, 
  • Making recommendations on elimination or control of risks, 
  • Assisting in the development or review of HS processes, documentation and initiatives (at School, Faculty and University level), 
  • Making recommendations on HS training requirements; 
  • Investigating and attempt to resolve HS problems using the resolution process described in the UNSW HS Consultation Procedure; 
  • Collaborate with supervisors on the investigation of work related incidents and ill health issues, recommend corrective and preventive action, and track completion of actions;
  • Where appropriate, be an observer during any formal HS investigation or inspection conducted by UNSW or WorkCover; &
  • Assist management with other agreed HS initiatives, provided that adequate resources are made available to do so.

Membership of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering L3 HS Consultation Committee

Effective Date: 16th February 2016
Chairperson: Paul Gwynne (acting)
Secretary: Maria Lee

Workgroup Representative
School Management Stephen Foster
Heavy Structures Laboratory, Geotechnical Laboratory Paul Gwynne
Heavy Structures Laboratories Ron Moncay/John Gilbert
Water Quality Laboratories Gautam Chattopadhyay/
Kelvin Ong
Water Research Laboratory Larry Paice
Water Research Centre Patricia Karwan
Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety Irene Calaizis
Deputy Chair, Administration/IT Les Brown
Academics Ali Akbarnezhad
Postgraduates Asif Hassan
Undergraduates George Chard
Emergency Control Organisation and First Aid Officers Gautam Chattopadhyay / Paul Gwynne / Kelvin Ong / John Gilbert