What is ‘2 Be Safe’

‘2 Be Safe’ is a simple and effective way to increase safety awareness at UNSW and can be a great way to identify and report hazards and risks on campus. A quick risk assessment means determining the safety of a task and the most effective way to complete that task whilst maintaining awareness of the work environment.

There are two ways to complete a ‘2 Be Safe’ assessment:

Staff members can utilise the safety booklet prior to starting work on any job.

This booklet allows users to follow safety requirements and ensure they do not get complacent. Completing the checklist ensures potential risks are identified, assessed, and managed for a safer overall environment.

The checklist is a single page review that can be completed within 2 minutes. Once completed please submit this to your line manager.

The poster can also be used as a visual prompt to consider any pre-start briefing or procedures, to ensure there is nothing missed, and to communicate safety to the team prior to starting a task.

Extra posters available at safety office.

How do you complete ‘2 Be Safe’

To complete a 2 Be Safe checklist review the following steps:

  1. Stop & take 2 minutes for safety
  2. Think through the task ahead
  3. Identify hazards
  4. Assess hazards
  5. Control risks

Once the checklist is complete, safely proceed and complete task.

A ‘2 Be Safe’ checklist is required to be completed before any high-risk activities/task.

For common tasks, please complete a ‘2 Be Safe’ checklist once per week, or if work conditions have changed.

2 Be Safe Notepad Guidance


UNSW Security is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is located at Gate 2, on High Street. You can contact Security at any time on 9385 6000 or in the event of an emergency on 9385 6666.

Help Points

‘Help Points’ have been strategically placed across UNSW campuses to help ensure your safety. Help Points provide a direct link to the Security Services Control Room. To activate a Help Point, hold your finger down on the red button until you are connected to Security Services.

Find the Help Points located on campus: Help Points

Emergency Procedures

View and familiarise yourself with UNSW’s emergency procedures: UNSW Emergency Procedures

SafeZone app

In the event of an emergency, the SafeZone app allows you to quickly share your location and details with the University Security team who will be able to get the right assistance to you.

To learn more or to download the SafeZone app, please visit unsw.edu.au/safezone.

Critical Hazards

The top 13 critical hazards across UNSW are detailed in the pages on the ‘2 Be Safe’ notepad. The activities which involve the critical hazards have the biggest potential to harm our people, which could lead to serious injuries and even fatalities.

Identifying and managing critical hazards is crucial, review and familiar yourself with the critical hazards. If your task involves these hazards, ensure effective risk assessments, appropriate and adequate control measures, and emergency response plans are implemented to minimize the impact of critical hazards

A ‘2 Be Safe’ checklist is required to be completed before any high-risk activities/tasks that involve critical hazards and risks.

The Hierarchy of Controls

  • Outlines the effective controls in decreasing order
  • Provides an explanation of the control

The Risk Matrix

  • Provides a guide for calculating likelihood and consequence of risk, and risk level

Both these tools will assist you in completing the ‘hazards and controls’ page

2 Be Safe Checklist

The checklist requires the participant to complete their details and the details of the task to be completed.

The questions will help you to identify any relevant permits, procedures or training that must be in place before commencing your work, as well as confirm your mental and physical conditions. The user should then tick the boxes corresponding with the questions under the Yes/No/NA column.

Look around your workplace and identify unusual hazards.

Ad hoc Hazards & Controls

If you identify any hazards based on the checklist, you should NOT proceed with your tasks. Instead, be sure to contact your supervisor and wait until the question has been addressed.

If there are any unforeseen hazards to be controlled, please complete the below page listing the identified hazard and risk level in the red section.

Next fill out the associated controls to be implemented in the green section below.

Create a hazard report

We encourage everyone at UNSW to Speak Up for Safety. the authority to step in and intervene in any unsafe work practices (hazard, or near miss), that could lead to an incident, in real-time, no matter who it is without fear of repercussion.

Create a hazard report or an incident report through the QR code or directly into our SALUS system.

Together we can embrace a culture of Safety!

2 Be Safe is an invaluable procedure to follow to avoid accidents and injuries in the workplace. By taking the time to assess hazards and control them, we can create a safe environment for everyone at UNSW.


  • Everyone within the workplace is responsible for workplace health and safety.

  • Your duty is to take reasonable care of your own safety and to ensure your own actions do not negatively impact the health and safety of others.

  • Safework Australia defines a hazard as: A situation or thing that has the potential to harm a person, and it describes risk as: the possibility that harm- death, injury or illness – might occur when exposed to a hazard.

  • 2 Be Safe will be a quick 2 minute checklist to be completed immediately prior to completing a task to ensure that any abnormal equipment or working conditions are assessed and addressed. This differs to the usual safe work procedure forms as it is aimed at addressing ad-hoc or last minute hazards.

  • 2 Be Safe will be mandatory for any high risk activity displayed in figure 2, whilst for any activity that is not classified as high risk it will be required fortnightly.

    It is recommended that new starters complete this checklist for all tasks within the first fortnight at UNSW.

  • In the event that a serious incident or workplace fatality occurs, sufficient records are imperative in proving compliance.

  • Completing 2 Be Safe checklists will provide information on safety knowledge gaps in your areas. Using this data we are able to identify where incidents are more likely to occur, and any measures can be introduced to minimise the risk of incidents occurring in the future.

  • Only complete the section of the checklist which relates to your work or environment.

  • Please provide the checklist to your direct manager to ensure hazards and controls are relevant and correct.