Work Health and Safety Field Trips, Boating and Diving

Field Trips, Boating and Diving

RiskWare Field Trip Module

Purpose and Benefits

The Field Trip Module was created to meet the requirements outlined in the WHS Regulations 2011 (s) 48. In minimising risks to the health and safety of workers associated with remote or isolated work, a person conducting a business or undertaking must provide a system of work that includes effective communication with the worker.

This module will standardise the field trip management process throughout the University.  The icon will appear on the dashboard when signed into RiskWare for staff and students to create and manage field trips.

  • Accessible from any computer with internet
  • Integrated with the existing incident and risk management system, RiskWare
  • Consistent method to create, manage and approve field trips in a controlled environment
  • Track all changes made to a field trip with an audit trail function
  • Link existing risk assessments to a field trip
  • Prepopulate class lists
  • Google Maps interactive travel plans
  • Automated email alerts
  • Access to current record of active and archived field trips
  • Clone existing field trips
  • Peer Review function

Training is being delivered via a variety of delivery methods including face-to-face, webinar, customised groups and one on one.

Objective: Provide the skills to use field trip module in RiskWare

Course Aim: This course will provide a systematic and consistent approach to creating, managing and approving field trips in a controlled environment at JCU.

Audience: All staff and postgraduate students

Summary of Content:

  • How to create a new field trip
    • Enter details about field trip including description, destination, dates
    • Identify activities occurring on the field trip and link risk assessments
    • Enter details of field trip leader, approver, communication person, first aid and participants individually or add a class
    • Enter field trip itinerary and communication plan
    • Provide details of vehicles and attachments to support field trip
  • How to clone a field trip
  • How to request a peer review
  • How to view audit trail
  • How to approve a field trip

Boating and Diving at JCU

JCU is a government workplace. As such, all diving and water-related activities are subject to work health and safety regulations.

WHS Safety Framework

JCU Boating Work Health and Safety Management Framework

JCU Diving Work Health and Safety Management Framework

Visit the Boating and Diving site.

For support or advice, please contact the Boating and Diving Office.

Boating and Diving Committee

The JCU Boating and Diving Committee is a sub-committee to the JCU Work Health and Safety Advisory Committee (WHSAC). The current Terms of Reference for the committee are maintained by the WHS Unit.

The Sub Committee is a forum to share information and consult with JCU Boating and Diving User Group representatives who will be impacted by the management of or any changes to, the University boating and diving operations. Information that may be discussed at this committee includes but is not limited to significant changes to:

  • Vessel fleet
  • Vessel safety management systems
  • Boating Framework
  • Diving Framework
  • Dive Manual
  • Boating and Diving Register

Changes to the above may be due to:

  • Incidents
  • Industry changes
  • Legislative changes
  • Audit / inspection results
  • Suggestions from Users
Composition  of CommitteeMember and Position Title
Chairperson (Member appointed by WHSAC)Ian Atkinson (or Nominee) Dean of Research
Member of the Collee of Science & EngineeringProfessor Mike Kingsford (or Nominee)
Marine and Aquaculture Sciences

Professor Andrew Hoey (or Nominee)
Research Fellow

Ms Deborah Burn (or Nominee)
PhD Student
University Boating & Diving Officers
(Subject Matter Experts - SME)
Mr Glen Ewels (or Nominee)
Supervisor, Boating and Diving

Mr Greg Suosaari (or Nominee)
University Boating and Diving Officer (Townsville)

Ms Jenni Calcraft (or Nominee)
Diving Officer, Orpheus Island Research Station

Mr James Judge (or Nominee)
Boating Officer, Orpheus Island Research Centre

Mr Paul Leeson (or Nominee)
University Boating and Diving Officer (Cairns)
Member of ResearchDr Rob Coles (or Nominee)
Principal Research Scientist

Associate Professor  Jamie Seymour (or Nominee)
Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
Member of Academy OfficeMs Jana Birkby (or Nominee)
Field and Technical Officer
Permanent Advisor Health, Safety and Environment UnitMs Kara Carless (or Nominee), WHS Advisor
Work Health and Safety Unit
SecretariatMs Kahlia Strid (or Nominee), Divisional Support Officer
Work Health and Safety Unit