An unintended incident which resulted, or could have resulted in, the injury or exposure to a substance or contagious disease, of one or more persons.
Any development, implementation, review, and enforcement of the Department’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) procedures.
A system of work, or a work procedure, that is designed to eliminate or reduce the risk but does not include; a physical control or use of Personal Protective equipment (e.g. training, installation of signage and warning labels)
|Adverse Driving Conditions:|
Unfavourable circumstances that reduce optimum driving conditions e.g. poor visibility, adverse weather, road conditions, traffic etc.
|Agency of Injury / Disease:|
The object, substance, or circumstance directly involved in the cause of the injury or disease. For example: falling from playground equipment and injuring a wrist, slipping on a wet floor and spraining an ankle.
Noise that is is below the noise exposure standard and is unlikely to pose a risk to hearing. 'Annoyance' noise may interfere with communication, annoy or distract people e.g. photocopiers or telephone conversations.
Application of High Force:
A circumstance in which a person would be required to exert a high level of strength and effort to achieve the desired outcome.
Fibrous forms of mineral silicates belonging to the serpentine and amphibole groups of rock-forming minerals.
|Asbestos Containing Material (ACM):|
Any manufactured material or object that, as part of its design, contains one or more of the fibrous forms of mineral silicates belonging to the serpentine or amphibole groups of rock-forming minerals, including actinolite, amosite (brown asbestos), anthophyllite, crocidolite (blue asbestos), chrysotile (white asbestos) or tremolite.
Examples of ACM include: asbestos-containing cement sheets, cement pipes, vinyl tiles, sprayed insulation, telecommunications pits, pipe lagging, millboard and gaskets.
A person who is responsible for the safe management of asbestos and is the main contact for asbestos-related issues in the school.
Aseptic technique aims to prevent pathogenic organisms, in sufficient
quantity to cause infection, from being introduced to susceptible body sites by
the hands of staff, surfaces or equipment. It involves applying the strictest
rules to minimise the risk of infection. Aseptic techniques range from simple practices,
such as using alcohol to sterilise the skin, to full surgical techniques, which
involves the use of sterile gowns, gloves, and masks
A procedure whereby air is sampled within the breathing zone of a person to evaluate the person's exposure to airborne contaminants.
The measurement of the range and sensitivity of a person's sense of hearing by means of a specialised electro-acoustic instrument (audiometer)
|Authorised Representative of Registered Employee Organisations (ARREO’s):|
Permanent employees of a registered employee organisation e.g. a union.
|Biological Material:||Biological material is a material produced by a biological system.|
In the school environment biological material(s) may vary according to the purpose for which they are collected (e.g. part of the curriculum activity)
Examples of biological material are:
- animal tissue(s)
- body fluid such as human saliva
- plant material
NOTE: The taking of human blood samples or the use of human blood products is not permitted.
Bullying is defined as repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards or from an employee or group of employees that creates a risk to health and safety.
Capital works projects are announced by the Government through annual State Budgets. Following the announcement of Government funding, the Department works closely with schools to progress the planning and successful delivery of capital projects within the available funding. There are two types of capital works; major which is in excess of $100,000 and minor which is costing less than $100,000.
The school can determine the level of involvement it would like in the governance of your capital project:
1. the school to lead the project
2. to work in partnership with the Department
3. the Department to lead the project.
Any waste generated from the use of chemicals that has the potential to pose a chemical threat to health, safety and/or the environment.
Substances arising from the medical treatment of a person/s. As such, this may pose a risk to people exposed to the waste e.g. blood, tissue, sharps, clean up items etc.
A person who has acquired through training or qualification the knowledge and skills appropriate to the nature of the work to be undertaken. e.g. an Occupational Hygienist, electrician, plumber.
Meeting requirements of applicable legislation, regulations, industry standards, guidelines, codes of conduct, code of ethics and organisational policies.
|Confined Space:||Defined as:|
having an enclosed or partially enclosed space with restricted entry and exit
containing an oxygen concentration outside the safe oxygen range
containing a concentration of airborne contaminants that may cause impairment, loss of consciousness, or asphyxiation.
containing a concentration of flammable airborne contaminant that may cause injury from fire or explosion
risk of engulfment in any stored substances (e.g. grain, sand or saw dust), except liquids
Examples of confined spaces include: storage tanks, silos, ducts, chimney, underground sewer, or well or any shaft or trench
|Confined Space Entry Permit:|
A Confined Space Entry Permit is to be issued by the Workplace Manager. The Permit provides details of a formal check to ensure all elements of a safe system of work are in place before persons are permitted to enter the confined space. A Confined Space Entry Permit is valid for a maximum of twenty four hours.
Airborne substances and other work environment hazards including dust, lighting, radiation, gases, vapours, mould and fumes.
Contractors including any service providers /individuals who are not direct employees of the Department who are providing services/works in relation to maintenance and repair work and other contracted services engaged by schools such as cooking demonstrations, sports coaching and other activities including workshops and incursions.
A cooling tower is a heat reducing system used in air conditioning when
water is used to cool the air. As water is stored in cooling towers, they can
be a breeding ground for Legionella and other bacteria to grow. An evaporative
air cooler or evaporative air-conditioner is not a cooling tower.
|Cooling Tower Auditor:|
An auditor certified by the Department of Health and Human Services to
undertake an annual cooling tower system audits.
|Cooling Tower Risk Management Plan:||A risk management plan should contain a number of basic components, namely:|
• Site and contact details
• Assessment of each of the critical risks
• Summary of the overall risk classification
• Details of the system collected during the risk assessment process
• Attachments or reference to other documents such as operational plans, shut-down procedures etc.
The purpose of the Risk Management Plan is to apply and document best practices to effectively control the growth and transmission of Legionella bacteria while considering the risks that are unique to the Cooling Tower being assessed.
|Dangerous Goods (DG):|
Substances (including mixtures and solutions) that may present an immediate safety hazard such as fire, explosion or toxic cloud emission. Dangerous goods are designated into nine different classes under the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG7 Code) according to their immediate physical or chemical effect. Some of these classes are further subdivided into divisions. They are easily recognisable by the diamond shaped sign displayed on the substance label.
The process whereby plant and equipment is safely withdrawn from service and could involve a staged process of adjustments, tests, and inspections.
|Deputy Health and Safety Representative (DHSR):|
An elected employee responsible for representing employees within a Designated Work Group on matters relating to OHS in the absence of the Health and Safety Representative.
|Designated Work Group (DWG):|
A negotiated and agreed grouping of employees who share similar workplace health and safety concerns and conditions. By default individual workplaces are a DWG.
|Division 5 Asbestos Audit:|
A visual inspection conducted by an Occupational Hygienist at least
every five years to identify the existence, location and condition of any known
or assumed ACM on
the school site. Results of the audit are reported in a Division 5 Asbestos
|Division 6 Hazardous Building Materials Audit:|
Mandated sampling required of suspected ACM (where there is uncertainty)
to verify the existence of asbestos prior to work commencing in an affected
area of the school. Results of this sampling are documented in a Division 6
Hazardous Materials Audit Report.
Any substance that, when absorbed into the body, alters normal bodily function.
The Department’s online hazard and incident reporting and management application, accessible on the intranet. Employees log on using their employee number and password.
A person employed by the Department, either ongoing, fixed term or casual and whether full-time or part-time.
|Employee Assistance Program (EAP):|
The EAP is a short term, solution focused and strictly confidential counselling service. It is available 24/7 for up to four sessions for Department employees to discuss any personal or work related issues. The Department funds this service as a commitment to health, safety and wellbeing.
A person who employees one or more persons under contracts of employment or contracts of training.
A control that is part of the hierarchy of controls that changes processes, equipment or tools to reduce a risk.
The process of designing and / or modifying tools, materials, equipment,
plant, work spaces, tasks, jobs, products, systems and environments to match
the physical and mental capabilities and limitations of users, including those
with special needs and those returning to work following injury or illness. It
also involves cognitive processes such as perception, memory, reasoning,
decision making and motor response.
An ergonomic hazard is a physical or psychosocial factor in a work
system or work environment that can cause biomechanical stress and damage to
the human musculoskeletal system. Ergonomic hazards include examples such as
repetitive movement, manual handling, workplace / job / task design,
uncomfortable workstation set up and poor body positioning.
Exposure to excessive noise over a long period of time
will damage a person’s hearing. The exposure standard states that noise “must
not exceed an eight hour noise level equivalent of 85 dB(A) or peak at more
than 140 dB(C)”.
|Fall Arrest System:|
Equipment or material or combination of equipment and material that is designed to arrest the fall or a person e.g. industrial safety net.
Physical or mental exhaustion caused by stress, medication, overwork, mental and/or physical illness or disease.
|First Aid / Treatment:|
Aid or treatment provided to employees, students, contractors or visitors who suffer injury or illness while at work or school. This aid/treatment is usually minor in nature or given until medical aid can be provided.