QUT STEM High School Engagement has a range of health and safety practices in place to protect the health and wellbeing of all visitors to campus. The following guidelines are in place to ensure all in-person workshops are conducted safely and in accordance to current government and university policy.

You will receive all relevant safety information as part of our communication to schools about your visit. If you have any questions email stemworkshops@qut.edu.au.

General requirements

A class must be accompanied by at least one school staff member, who must remain with the school group at all times while you're on campus. The staff member will be responsible for the welfare and behaviour of their students.

Enclosed footwear must be worn by all staff and students participating in workshops.

Workshop safety and COVID-safe guidelines

  1. All workshops have a risk assessment plan (available on request) and trained facilitators will provide guidance on any safety aspects related to standard health and safety guidelines e.g. managing specialised equipment, general evacuation protocols etc.
  2. Adequate hand sanitiser is available in workshop room (1 per table) as well as access to handwashing and toilet facilities
  3. All benches, tables and equipment are cleaned with disinfectant before and after each workshop
  4. Teachers and workshop facilitators will have sufficient room to maintain 1.5m distance between themselves and students
  5. Students and teachers may bring their own lunch and eat in the workshop room or access the private balcony to minimise contact with others. (Catering is also available from on-campus suppliers who have COVID-safe practices in place)

We ask that anyone feeling unwell to NOT attend the workshop. In relation to COVID-19 specifically participants should not attend workshops or events if:

  • in the last 14 days have travelled from overseas or a COVID-19 hotspot
  • have been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19
  • are an active COVID-19 case
  • are currently, or have you recently experienced cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, vomiting, diarrhoea or shortness of breath

Up-to-date information, including symptoms, can be found in the Communicable Diseases Network Australia’s Series of National Guidelines (SoNGs) for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

COVID-safe hygiene

Facilitators will remind all participants of hygiene practices as outlined below:

  • Wash hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. If not available, use alcohol-based hand rub.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with tissue or bent elbow - then bin tissue straight away and wash hands
  • Avoid close contact if you or others are coughing sneezing
  • Seek medical advice if you develop fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or difficult breathing
  • Contact your GP or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)

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