“If you build a new house, you must construct a guard rail around your roof to avoid being culpable in the event someone should fall from it.”
The Uniting Church in Australia is committed to providing safe places where people are cared for, nurtured and sustained.
In addition to the online resources and links available on this site, information sessions, training and workshops can be provided to assist presbyteries and congregations of the Queensland Synod better understand their work health and safety responsibilities and obligations.
We strongly recommend presbytery and congregation leaders review and familiarise themselves with the information that can be found on the following links.
WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION SHEETS
WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY FORMS AND CHECKLISTS
- Annual property maintenance checklist
- Annual property maintenance checklist (Supp_Info)
- Bomb threat checklist
- Bomb threats—identifying hazardous or suspicious mail/objects
- Chief fire warden evacuation procedure
- Chief fire warden evacuation report
- Church workplaces/places of worship checklist
- Emergency procedures flip chart
- Fire warden role call procedure
- Hazard Incident form
- Office environment checklist
- Office work space checklist
- Witness checklist—offender details
- Workshop hazard identification checklist
EXTERNAL LINKS TO WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
- Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
- Queensland’s work health and safety laws
- How to manage work health and safety risks Code of Practice 2011
- Due diligence
- Managing the work environment and facilities Code of Practice 2011
- Children and young workers Code of Practice 2006
- How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace Code of Practice 2011
- How to safely remove asbestos Code of Practice 2011
- Burns and Scalds
- Chemicals, substances and dangerous goods
- Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace Code of Practice 2013
- Labelling of workplace hazardous chemicals Code of Practice 2011
- Work health and safety consultation, co-operation and co-ordination Code of Practice 2011
- Ergonomic workstations for keyboard operators
- First aid
- First aid in the workplace code of practice 2014
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Floods and storms
- What is an incident?
- Managing risk
- How to manage work health and safety risks – Code of Practice 2011
- How to prevent injury from manual tasks
- Slips, trips and falls
- Hazardous manual tasks Code of Practice 2011
- Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work Code of Practice 2011
- Mental health at work
- Sun safety and heat stress
- Managing the risk of falls at workplaces Code of Practice 2011
- Workplace bullying
The Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 imposes significant responsibilities upon building owners, occupiers and managers to develop fire safety plans and conduct training of all paid and voluntary workers in a building.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website has documents and templates (including fire and evacuation plans) to assist owner/occupiers in managing their compliance with the Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990 and the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.
When developing a fire and evacuation plan for a congregation it is recommended that a plan for low occupancy buildings is completed by congregations with fewer than 100 persons attending your largest weekly gathering and a high occupancy plan for congregations with more than 100 regular attendees.
The following links will assist you in developing a fire and evacuation plan.
- Queensland Fire and Emergency Services—Building Fire Safety
- Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008
- Templates to develop your own fire safety documents
- Fire safety management tool/checklist
- Fire and evacuation plan for congregations with fewer than 100 regular attendees
- Fire and evacuation plan for congregations with more than 100 regular attendees
- Fire safety installation checklist
- Evacuation instruction record
- Evacuation practice record
- Safe Work Australia
- Volunteer assistance package