Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Safety awards 2014

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

The University Safety Awards for 2014 acknowledged the contributions made to occupational safety and health at the University and its affiliates by both groups and individuals.

The awards were presented on 30 October by Professor Dawn Freshwater, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

  1. Nomination for group award
  2. Nominations for individual awards
  3. Group safety award
  4. Individual safety award
  5. Safety leadership award
  6. Safety recognition award
  7. Tribute to Jack Kirkness
  8. Finalists
  9. Acknowledgements

2014 UWA Safety Awards

Nomination for group award

Animal Biology

The School of Animal Biology has 100 postgraduate students and 50 staff members and conducts coursework and research in animals and industry, animal structure and function, ecology, evolutionary biology, experimental and regenerative neurosciences, marine biology, neuroecology, science communication and wildlife management.

Notable activities have included:

  • Active Health and Safety committee which meets every 3 months and reports monthly to Staff meetings
  • Head of School active on the Health and Safety committee
  • Developed a school specific health and safety risk register
  • Recently updated the Safety Manual and local health and safety induction
  • WHS for managers and supervisors course (2 x 0.5 days) recently completed by 80% of managers and supervisors with new target set for 100%
  • Active laboratory inspection program with close out of corrective actions
  • Good culture of incident reporting, investigation and actions close out

Plant Biology

The School of Plant Biology has 120 postgraduate students and 90 staff members and offers coursework and research opportunities and work on the 4 top priorities for humanity: Food, Water, Energy and Environment. The School was previously awarded the Group Safety Award in 2001 and 2006.

Notable activities have included:

  • Active Health and Safety committee which meets every 2 months and reports monthly to Staff meetings
  • Head of School and School Manager active on the Health and Safety committee
  • Developed a school specific health and safety risk register
  • Recently updated the Safety Manual and local health and safety induction
  • Strong commitment to 80% of managers and supervisors completing the WHS for managers and supervisors course (2 x 0.5 days)
  • In the process of implementing new chemical management procedures
  • Recent review of building emergency evacuation process
  • Recent review of liquid nitrogen dispensing procedures to help reduce manually handling risks

University Club

The University Club of Western Australia was established in 2005 to provide members, corporate clients and the university community with a first class conference and event facility. The Club catering includes for members and guests (Café, Bar, Restaurant, Lounge), conferences, events, University Hall student catering and the Business School Café. The Club employs around 90 FTEs. Previous winner of Group Safety Award in 2013.

The Club has extended to the University Hall student catering and the Business School Café its health and safety programs, procedures and initiatives including:

  • Monthly workplace inspections
  • Monthly Safety Committee meetings with reporting on inspections
  • Risk Management Assessments of all areas/functions
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Method Statements for all activities/equipment
  • Manual handling, warden and first aid training conducted

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Nominations for individual awards

The eleven nominees were Mr Alex Scholz (Facilities Management), Ms Anys Price (Centre for Forensic Science), Ms Chloe Jackson (Guild Student Services Division), Ms Gail Dixon (School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), Ms Geraldine Pieterse (Rural Clinical School of WA, Kalgoorlie), Mr Greg Cawthray (School of Plant Biology), Mr John Malley (Campus Management), Assoc/Prof Lindy Fitzgerald (School of Animal Biology), Lorraine Wilson (School of Earth and Environment), Michael Mayers (Physics) and Ms Rowan Maclean (Campus Management)

Mr Alex Scholz (Campus Management)

Alex Scholz is the Safety Officer, Facilities Operations in Campus Management and has worked at UWA since 2012. His WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • Development of the Asbestos Management Policy and Plan
  • Implementation of Work Area Access Permit into University Building Maintenance Process
  • Establishment of “High Risk” asbestos removal program
  • Establishment of reliable asbestos removal, decontamination and monitoring contractors and consultants
  • Updating of the Asbestos Register to include all Pre 1990 Buildings
  • Implementation of comprehensive Asbestos Awareness Training for Maintenance Staff
  • Lead improvements to Safety Awareness and Training
  • Lead improvements in the management of capital and maintenance safety reporting such as JSA’s and Work Method Statements
  • Development of the Campus Management Safety Manual and Local Rules
  • Identification and solution analysis for non-compliant (fall prevention) roof access and internal roof space systems to support safe access and current legislative compliance in Octagon Theatre and Winthrop Hall
  • Non-Compliant DDA and Balustrade rectification program
  • Provides monthly Safety Reports to the Director of Campus Management
  • Identification and hazard reporting and rectification activities associated with access areas that pose slip hazard

Ms Anys Price (Centre for Forensic Science)

Any Price worked as an Administrative Officer in the Centre for Forensic Science until mid-2014 but is no longer employed at the University. Whilst employed in the Centre for Forensic Science her WHS related activities and achievements included

  • Developing and implementing CFS Health and Safety Manual, Fieldwork Policy
  • Risk Register and local health and safety induction checklist
  • Installing ‘Building Safety Personnel’ signage throughout the Centre
  • Compiling registers of staff training and inductions, laboratory equipment and workplace inspections
  • Assisted in developing Standard Operating Procedures for laboratory equipment
  • Encouraged staff and student participation in WHS related training and initiatives including UWA On line Health and Safety Induction, Laboratory Safety, First Aid and Warden training
  • Encouraged laboratory managers to carry out standard UWA workplace inspections
  • Promoted the availability of UWA Ergonomic Assessments to staff
  • Sourced and purchased safety covers for keyboards and phones used in labs

Ms Chloe Jackson (Guild)

Chloe Jackson is the UWA Student Guild’s Marketing, Events and Sponsorship Manager. The UWA Student Guild is responsible for overseeing and helping plan in excess of 450 events every year. These range from minor events which may have a few hundred people through to large scale major events with thousands of attendees. Her WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • Driving force behind the success of a new events management process of planning, approval and conduct with investments in key people with event management experience
  • Major contributor to improving the safety of students on campus and for UWA stakeholders in general, especially from an Events perspective
  • Positively coordinate meetings with external and UWA personnel to ensure communication of all facets of the event are being addressed
  • Following up on all matters, in particular safety are being managed prior to the commencement of the event with the relevant areas of the university
  • Receiving positive feedback from many UWA stakeholders on her professionalism and dedication to ensure events are well communicated to all

Ms Gail Dixon (School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)

Gail Dixon is a Scientific Officer in the School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the QE II Medical Centre. Her WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • School Safety Officer and regular attendee at School Safety Committee meetings
  • Prepared the School Safety Manual post merge of Microbiology and Pathology in 2011
  • Prepared a new guideline for students in collaboration with an academic staff member
  • Reviewed the storage and handling of liquid nitrogen and implemented training
  • Initiated an inspection and upgrade of laboratories to Physical Containment 2 standard
  • nitiated a review of chemical holdings with Safety Data Sheets and ChemAlert updates

Ms Geraldine Pieterse (Rural and Clinical School of WA)

Geraldine Pieterse is an Administrative Officer in the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (Kalgoorlie, Head Office). Geraldine has made a significant contribution to improving the safety of staff and students across rural sites, especially from an events perspective. The RCSWA have 14 rural sites in Western Australia located at Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Derby, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie (headquarters), Karratha, Kununurra, Narrogin, Northam and Port Hedland. Her WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • Registered WorkSafe WA Health and Safety Representative having successfully completed the Introductory five day training course
  • Developing safety manuals for each of the Rural Clinical School’s rural sites with as much standardised content as practicable
  • Developing Rural Clinical School specific forms for field trips and Standard Operating Procedures to cover the various driving conditions across the State
  • Raising the safety of event operations involving large attendees and their safety and wellbeing
  • Positively coordinated meetings with internal and external stakeholders to ensure communication of all facets of the event are being addressed
  • Following up on all matters, in particular safety are being managed prior to the commencement of the event with the relevant areas of the University and The Rural Clinical School
  • Developing relationships and systems to deal with the tyranny of distance when instituting safety and health policies
  • Receiving positive feedback from many UWA stakeholders on her professionalism and dedication to ensure safety matters are well communicated to all

Mr Greg Cawthray (School of Plant Biology)

Greg Cawthray is a Senior Scientific Officer in the School of Plant Biology and has worked at UWA since 1995. His WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • Safety and Health Representative 2000 to 2012
  • Serves as School Chemical Safety Officer and has been a Building Warden
  • Past Chair and current member of the School Safety Committee since 2000
  • Arranged and presented the UWA Safety Induction to all new School of Plant Biology staff, students and visitors from 2003 to 2012
  • Assisted with the content, quiz and pilot for the UWA On-line health and safety induction launched in June 2012
  • Implemented the introduction of ChemAlert into the School and periodically sends reminders and offers tutorial type presentations within the workplace of its value for labelling chemicals and inventory management
  • Member, UWA Chemical Management Working Group from 2010 to 2011 which reviewed chemical management guidance, chemical risk assessments tools and introduced a campus wide chemical waste collection service
  • Trains staff and students on the handling and storage of hazardous substances, as well as the procedures to deal with chemical spills in a laboratory environment
  • Ongoing support to staff regarding safety related issues such as the transport of large Dewar’s of liquid nitrogen across campus for refill at the School of Physics
  • Deals with safety issues in a proactive, prompt, diligent and efficient manner
  • An enthusiastic person strongly committed to workplace safety and imparting a safety ethos amongst his colleagues
  • Has been a major driving force behind workplace safety in Plant Biology
  • Winner of the Individual Safety Award in 2006

Mr John Malley (Campus Management)

John Malley is a Technical Officer Building Operations in Campus Management and overseas the maintenance, servicing and registration of operational plant including cranes, pressure vessels, gas installations, fume hoods/cupboards, autoclaves, water treatments and air conditioning plant. His WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • Has served on the Campus Management Health and Safety Committee and participated in the recent Internal AS/NZS 4801 OHS System Audit on behalf of Building Operations providing much valuable information
  • Monitoring current and proposed legislation is relation to plant and equipment
  • Establishing a tender for the inspection and maintenance of all UWA cranes to the ensure cranes are inspected, tested and maintained by appropriately trained and competent persons reducing the risk of failure, avoiding serious injuries, insurance voiding issues and university liability and public relations issues
  • Managing the inspection, servicing and registration of pressure vessels and ensuring any non-compliance is addressed
  • Developing a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that addresses the hazards involved with fume cupboards and includes controls in relation to: replacement of scrubber tank water; special considerations for uses of perchloric or hydrofluoric acid; decontamination certificate management; out of service notices; alarms control; protective clothing and equipment; isolations; barricades and signs, access control and exhaust re-commission
  • Identifying and addressing issues with gas sensor panels not being connected to the Building Management System to alert if the panel is in fault; muting of alarms; and calibration of the gas sensors
  • Establishing a system for the compliant installation, design and servicing of autoclaves and being proactive in identifying faults with autoclaves and has been helpful in recommending corrective actions
  • Joint Winner of the Safety Recognition Award in 2011

Associate Professor Lindy Fitzgerald (School of Animal Biology)

Dr Melinda (Lindy) Fitzgerald is a Research Associate Professor in the School of Animal Biology was has worked at UWA since 2006. She leads her own research team of research assistants, post-graduate and under-graduate students. Her WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • Co-Chair of the School Health and Safety Committee since 2013
  • Establishing and coordinating workplace and laboratory inspection processes
  • Ensuring that standard operating procedures (SOPs) and Job Analyses with Risk Assessments (JAs) are available and used for all equipment and procedures conducted by members of her research team
  • Ensuring appropriate dissemination of information to supervisors regarding use of contractors in the workplace, reporting of incidents, and general matters dealt with by the School Health and Safety Committee
  • Ensuring appropriate reporting of incidents at Experimental and Regenerative Neurosciences
  • Liaising with supervisors and managers who report incidents to ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to ensure further risk is minimised
  • Coordinating attendance of the majority of School managers and supervisors at the UWA Work Health and Safety for Managers and Supervisors course
  • Contributing to the generation of the School Risk Register
  • Contributing to timely completion of UWA Traffic Light reporting requirements
  • Coordinating the Schools compliance with new Faculty reporting requirements via the Faculty Tracking Register, including collation of information regarding inductions attended by all staff in the School and documentation of all action items
  • Coordinating handover of knowledge and documentation from retiring Professional staff to ensure retention of corporate knowledge
  • Coordinating increased frequency of School safety inductions in order to meet KPIs of the Faculty Tracking Register
  • Contributing to development of new School processes to ensure attendance and streamline documentation of attendance of all staff and post-graduate students at UWA, School, Workplace specific and Laboratory inductions
  • Serving as Building warden for the Curnow building and conducting information sessions for area wardens in the building

Ms Lorraine Wilson (School of Earth and Environment)

Lorraine Wilson is the Field Science and Resource Coordinator in the School of Earth and Environment. Lorraine is responsible for the organisation, WHS management and associated risks for all field trips undertaken across the School which in 2014 included over 22 separate undergraduate field trips. These trips involved around forty staff members and 1,000 undergraduate students from disciplines such as physical and human geography, marine science, environmental science, soil science and geoscience. Her WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • Developing an excellent set of processes and practices in the School to ensure all field work complies with UWA and school policies and procedures
  • Ensuring that safety and professional behaviour is a critical element of these activities
  • Being readily available with updates and whenever there are specific questions
  • Taking the time to instruct students and staff at the outset and then following up to ensure appropriate behaviour
  • Having the difficult conversations to help participants do the right thing and keep themselves and others safe
  • Having relevant supporting documentation including fieldwork risk assessment guidelines and forms, equipment lists and standard operating procedures

Mr Michael Mayers (School of Physics)

Michael Mayers is a Senior Instrument Technician in the Gravity Gradiometer Group in the School of Physics. His WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • Displaying an exemplary attitude to safety in the way he works and reinforces safe practices amongst his colleagues
  • Always on the lookout for hazards and will safely either eliminate the hazard or ensure no one can come into contact with it
  • Regularly contributing to safety shares during weekly team meetings whether they be experiences in the workplace or at home
  • Ensuring that he and his work colleagues are using the correct PPE for the task and follow proscribed Take 5 procedure before starting a new task
  • Reporting hazards including minor works requests to Campus Management jobs

Ms Rowan Maclean (Campus Management)

Rowan Maclean is the Director of Campus Management and has worked in senior management roles within Campus Development and at the university for a number of years. Her WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • Active member of the Campus Management Health and Safety Committee
  • Takes ownership for the resolution of issues including traffic management, driving/cycling on the inner campus, storm safety and construction site noise
  • Enabled and supported a number of initiatives including the manual handling injury prevention program at the Building Workshops, the Asbestos Management system and the upcoming 2014/15 Asbestos Survey
  • Encourages all Campus Management staff to complete the UWA Online health and safety induction
  • Encourages managers complete the WHS managers and supervisors course

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Group safety award

The 2014 Group Safety Award was awarded to the School of Animal Biology for its strong commitment to work health and safety management in relation to leadership, planning, consultation, representation, communication, training, inspections, investigations and documentation.

Sarah Dunlop

The School of Animal Biology received a framed certificate and gift vouchers sponsored by the University Co-operative Bookshop and UniCredit.

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Individual safety award

The Individual Safety Award is to acknowledge outstanding contributions by individual University employees in establishing and maintaining high standards of work health and safety activities and achievements within the University.

The contributions to workplace safety may be at a University, Faculty, School or Section level and have occurred or were maintained since 2013. Evaluation took into account the different circumstances of the work areas.

The 2014 Individual Safety Award was awarded to Alex Scholz for his leadership and dedication in implementing work health and safety improvements with processes, training and awareness within Campus Management and for the University.

Alex Scholz

Alex received a framed certificate, gift vouchers sponsored by the University Co-operative Bookshop and UniCredit.

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Safety leadership award

The Safety Leadership Award is to recognise heads, managers or supervisors for their efforts to improve or sustain high safety standards either at a Business Unit or at a Corporate level.

The 2014 Safety Leadership Award was awarded to Geraldine Pieterse for her outstanding leadership, initiative and dedication in the development and implementation of work health and safety practices and procedures within the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia. Geraldine is commended for her high standard work in event planning, travel and fieldwork safety and the developemnt of safety manuals and standard operating procedures for use at 14 rural sites across WA.

Geraldine Pieterse

Geraldine received a framed certificate and gift vouchers sponsored by the University Co-operative Bookshop and UniCredit.

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Safety recognition award

No specific criteria were required for this award and the Selection Panel used its discretion in awarding this based on all nominations received.

The 2014 Safety Recognition Award was awarded to both Greg Cawthray and Lorraine Wilson.

Greg Cawthray

Greg is commended for his outstanding contributions to the work health and safety programs within the School of Plant Biology and the Univeristy including laboratory and chemical safety, fieldwork and driver safety, emergency preparedness and related training of these.

Lorraine Wilson

Lorraine is commended for her outstanding contributions to the work health and safety programs within the School of Earth and Environment including the planning, preparation, approval and conduct of field work.

Lorraine Wilson

Both received a framed certificate and gift voucher sponsored by either the University Co-operative Bookshop or UniCredit.

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Tribute to Jack Kirkness

Former UWA employee Jack Kirkness sadly passed away on 7th September 2014. Jack was the Office of Facilities Management (OFM, now Campus Management) Senior Technical Officer (Buildings) from 1998 – 2009. He was a Safety and Health Representative and a real safety and health Champion who contributed a great deal whilst with UWA. Jack was

  • Winner of the UWA Individual Safety Award in 2001 and 2003
  • Member of the University Safety Committee, April 2001 – Dec 2003
  • Reviewed and updated the contractors workplace safety and health procedures
  • Responsible for implementation of OFM contractor safety induction program
  • Presented the 2004 UWA Contractor Safety Induction video (20 minutes), sections of which are still used in the current On-line Contractor's induction
  • Vigilant and consistent in applying health and safety guidelines within the University
  • Approachable and enthusiastic manner in relation to safety and health issues
  • Regular contributor to safety programs and at safety personnel meetings

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Finalists

The seven (7) Individual Finalists each received a framed certificate.

Gail Dixon, School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Associate Professor Lindy Fitzgerald, School of Animal Biology

Chloe Jackson, Guild

Rowan Maclean, Campus Management

John Malley, Campus Management

Michael Mayers, School of Physics

Anys Price, Centre for Forensic Science

All nominees were thanked for their past, current and future efforts to improve the health safety and wellbeing within their work areas.

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Acknowledgements

The UWA Safety Awards are an opportunity to demonstrate high achievements in safety and health by both groups and individuals and to share these achievements with others. Congratulations to those nominated for their efforts and achievements.

2014 has been a busy year as we, and other organisations, prepare for the Work Health and Safety Harmonisation where the Commonwealth, State and Territories will have closely aligned OHS legislations. This will require management to be proactively addressing work health and safety. Officers will be required to demonstrate due diligence and will require the assistance of all workers to be safety conscious and actively identifying, assessing and controlling work hazards and be able to demonstrate that this occurs.,

Closing thanks were made to:

  • Professor Dawn Freshwater and the Vice-Chancellery for their ongoing support of the University safety, health and well-being programs
  • The nominees – all of who are very deserving of recognition
  • Safety, Health and Wellbeing for arranging the UWA Safety Awards
  • University Co-operative Bookshop for their ongoing sponsorship of the awards
  • Co-Op Bookshop Logo

  • UniCredit for their new sponsorship of the awards
  • University Credit Logo

  • UWA News for their forthcoming article on the awards
  • All who attended

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