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

Read information from safe work month

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

Looking after our own health and wellbeing is more important than ever.To help with this, Down Dog is offering staff and students at educational facilities around the world free access to Yoga, Meditation, HIIT, Barre and Prenatal Yoga.

Visit the App Store/Google Play to download any or all of the Down Dog apps onto your personal device, or access the content through the Down Dog website. Sign up with your JCU email address and you’ll receive ongoing free access.

Important: Staff and students who choose to take up the offer from Down Dog should not use the same password used to access any of JCU’s digital platforms or services.

Visit for more details.

Note: JCU is not affiliated with Down Dog in any way. Consider your individual health needs and if necessary, obtain medical guidance prior to undertaking these activities.

WHS facilitate weekly lunchtime meditation sessions for JCU staff.  Join us 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.  You may wish to bring a towel or mat for added comfort.

Lunchtime Meditation for Staff

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas. Building 004, Room 255.
  • 12:30-1:00pm

As the weather cools down, WHS will communicate a change in location to a suitable space outdoors.

Snakes may be less active in the cooler months, but snakebites still happen. Do you know how to bandage a snake bite? It only takes just over a minute to watch this video and learn.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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: