Work Health and Safety Notice Board

The Work Health and Safety Unit aims to provide the JCU community with notice of safety alerts, product recalls and other health and safety news. To nominate an items for inclusion on this notice board, please contact safety@jcu.edu.au.

Read the latest WHS Newsletter.

Office Hazards

Most staff at JCU regularly use computers. Some basic knowledge on office hazards and workstation ergonomics can go a long way towards safer work. Review this guideline to learn more.

Computer Workstation Access

Do you ever have to climb on or under your desk, or reach across behind other equipment to access your computer power supply? This might occur when coming to or from the workplace on a Remote Working Arrangement (RWA), moving desk or office location, hot spotting (desk sharing) or returning to campus after a period of leave. Review this guideline to learn more.

Workstation Ergonomics

WHS have developed a range of ergonomic tools and guidelines that can help you to optimise your workstation.

Office Hazards Handout

Computer Workstation Access Handout

WHS are now holding lunchtime meditation sessions twice a week for JCU staff. Join in-person or via Zoom for half an hour of stillness and peace in your workday. Slow the mind and relax the body as you follow a guided meditation practice among like-minded colleagues. The majority of the meditation practices are based around mindfulness including breath work and body scans, and are suitable for beginners. Meditation session details are below. Regular communication for those interested in attending is through the Yammer TSV Staff Meditation Group.

Lunchtime Meditation for all Staff

Tuesdays & Thursdays

12:30-1:00pm

Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas. Bldg 134 (Education Central) room 105

Zoom link: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/87523054264

The inclusion of a Zoom link has enabled us to include all campus locations and staff working remotely. There is a calendar invitation pinned to the Yammer group page which you can download and save to Outlook. Any changes or special events will likely be in a different location and will be communicated through the Yammer group.

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  • Electrical Safety Month (1-31 May)
    Promoting electrical safety in the home, school and workplace.
  • R U OK? Day (10 September)
    National annual suicide prevention campaign. For further information or to get involved, visit https://www.ruok.org.au/
  • WorkCover Queensland Safe Work Month (1-31 October)
    JCU's Health, Safety and Environment Unit will advertise several initiatives closer to date.
  • Anxiety and Depression Awareness Month (1-31 October)
    Beyond Blue initiative to raise awareness about anxiety and depression. For further information, visit https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
  • Queensland Mental Health Week (9-15 October)
    Highlights the importance of mental well being. Find events near you, access resources or get involved. For further information, visit https://www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au/
  • Movember (1-30 November)
    Promoting male health with a focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical activity. Get involved by visiting https://au.movember.com/

Product safety regulation in Australia is a shared responsibility between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the states and territories. The role of the ACCC is to identify and address the risk of serious injury and death from safety hazards in consumer products.

Visit the Product Safety Australia website for product safety laws, news and up to date product recalls lists: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls