Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Safety awards 2015

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 2015 acknowledged the contributions made to work health and safety at the University and its affiliates by both groups and individuals.

The awards were presented on 26 October by Professor Dawn Freshwater, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

  1. Group Nominations
  2. Individual Nominations
  3. Group Safety Award
  4. Individual Safety Award
  5. Safety Leadership Award
  6. Safety Recognition Award
  7. Acknowledgements

Dawn Freshwater and Marilyn Lyford 2015 UWA Safety Awards Rick Roberts and Dawn Freshwater 2015 UWA Safety Awards Bianca Tabbakh and Dawn Freshwater

Group Nominations

Group nominations (6) were received for

  • Animal Care Services
  • Barrow Island Archaeology Project Team
  • Early Learning Centre
  • School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • UWA Institute of Agriculture
  • Western Australian Centre for Rural Health

Animal Care Services

Animal Care Services (ACS) provides high quality animal care in the service of high quality animal research at UWA. Teaching, biological and biomedical research projects are supported in a range of contained housing environments and research facilities located across the UWA Crawley, QE II, Shenton Park Research Station and Royal Perth Hospital sites. These facilities are designed for the high containment of quarantine and biological materials with all necessary compliance and regulatory issues addressed and specialist support available. One of the key features of the work environment is to ensure the safe, efficient and accountable work environment for all of ACS staff and importantly the safe, ethical and welfare driven animal care and husbandry environment for core research and teaching interests of UWA.

Notable activities have included:

  • Active Health and Safety committee which meets regularly and reports back to the unit through staff meetings, emails and follow ups with Safety and Health Representatives
  • Active Standards Operating Procedure preparation, review and approval process for all procedures and equipment use within facilities
  • Comprehensive assessment of all animal based research projects to evaluate potentially hazardous biological, chemical and radiological agents prior to project approval
  • Regular reviews and practice of emergency preparedness
  • Well defined induction processes for staff, visitors, research users and students into all facilities
  • Competency based training program for staff including first aid, manual handling, quarantine requirements and safe work practice for PC2 facilities
  • Timely incident reporting across all areas with focus on risk mitigation and hazard removal by staff
  • Program of regular facility audits (since 2007) which is interactive and ensures all staff and others have the opportunity to raise concerns
  • Use of and improvement in Traffic Light Reporting scores
  • ACS has successfully reduced the incidence of reported injuries in the facilities with ongoing training programs and many other initiatives including fostering close working relationships with Safety, Health and Wellbeing and the UWA Medical Centre
  • Undertook a wide ranging audit of activities through the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) which includes an emphasis on the essential components of worker safety in what is considered a notoriously hazardous work environment

Animal Care Services was commended for its strong commitment to work health and safety management in relation to leadership, planning, consultation, representation, communication, training, supervision, hazard management, emergency preparedness, health monitoring, auditing, incident investigations and documentation.

Barrow Island Archaeology Project Team

In 2012 UWA and Chief Investigator Professor Peter Veth received the largest funded ARC Discovery Program for 2013-2015. The Barrow Island Archaeology Project (BIAP) was developed in consultation with Chevron and Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) to study human occupation from archaeological sites on Barrow Island (BWI). UWA and DPaW assumed overall responsibility for implementation of the BIAP project, with Chevron Australia personnel providing a supporting role as agreed. BIAP activities included:

  • Research excavation of archaeological deposits and potential archaeological deposits in both open and rock shelter/cave contexts, defined as AS 2865-2009 Confined Spaces. As such, consideration had to be given to hazards (including low height, loose rocks, air quality, etc.)
  • Surface site and artefact survey, and vegetation survey and botanical sampling. As part of working in remote areas, risks included fatigue, solar exposure and communication issues

Each activity was led by one of the BIAP chief investigators, ensuring safety of all members within each of the field, rock shelter, historic site teams, with all excavation work carried out in accordance with the Worksafe Excavation Code of Practice (2005). In addition to actual archaeological investigations, Health, Environment, Safety and Quarantine (HESQ) documentation also included deployment and demobilisation of the BIAP camp site, including specific JSA documentation of camp set up and demobilisation, use of the generator, camping in tents, and all archaeological survey and excavation methods. At all times, consideration had to be given to BWI quarantine issues, in particular with appropriate management and disposal of food, water and all chemical and drugs brought on to the island.

Preparation of each of the HESQ documents (including separate JSA documents for working in caves) required continued discussion and circulation of drafts between Chevron and DPaW. The purpose of the HESQ Plan was to:

  • Detail the scope of works undertaken as part of BIAP’s temporary presence on the island
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in BIAP operations
  • Identify health, environmental, safety, quarantine and security risks associated with the scope of works
  • Outline risk mitigation strategies to address the health, environment, safety and quarantine risks through the development of safe work practices for activities undertaken by BIAP personnel at BWI.

Each of the HESQ Plans had to be read, understood, signed and implemented by all BIAP personnel operating on BWI. As a Class A nature reserve, it was critical that BIAP personnel maintained a high level of awareness for quarantine matters and also personal health and safety. This first involved completion of a number of Chevron online inductions, including:

  • WA Oil NW Core induction
  • Gorgon Quarantine modules (06 and 20)
  • 4WD and 2WD online induction (for drivers only)
  • Plus submission of first aid documents (for first aid team only)

On the island, implementation of the HESQ procedures involved use of appropriate PPE clothing (including use of gloves bump-hats in cave sites); daily pre-start and evening de-brief communications regarding all activities; recording of all activities and issues in the BIAP Operation Manager’s daily field journal; radio and telephone communications within the field teams and daily scheduled calls with UWA. Everyone involved with the BIAP team were made aware of the emergency response actions and necessary radio calls. At its height, BIAP had over 25 project managers and volunteers operating on BWI, all of whom had to understand the complex health and safety and quarantine environment on the Island, and undertake relevant inductions.

In the three years of the BIAP project, there were no lost time incidents on BWI. This was an unprecedented success for the DPaW, Chevron and BIAP team, and has earned the UWA Archaeologists an excellent reputation within Chevron and the DPaW for their commitment to the management and procedures required to undertake work of this nature on BWI whilst ensuring the preservation of the unique environment.

The Barrow Island Archaeology Project Team (School of Social Sciences) is commended for their thorough preparation and effective implementation of Health, Environment, Safety and Quarantine Management Plans for seasonal field work on Barrow Island between 2013 and 2015 involving up to 25 project managers and volunteers.

Early Learning Centre

Located on the Nedlands campus on the corner of Gordon and Clifton Streets, UWA's Early Learning Centre provides quality care and education for up to 100 children to the age of five. In July 2013, the Centre was assessed and rated by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority Regulatory Unit as "exceeding national quality standard" in all seven national quality areas, including Children’s health and safety. In May 2014 the Centre was recognised as the first education and care service in Western Australia to be awarded the Excellent rating, and currently only one of two education and care services in WA to hold the rating.

Further to their nationally recognised achievements, the Centre has also developed a Food Safety Program in compliance with the Food Act 2008 and the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code. They are classified as a High Risk Food Business for Vulnerable Persons. On their last audit in June 2015 they received the highest rating of High Performance, reflecting their commitment to maintaining high standards and compliance with the required Regulations, Code and Act.

The Centre has a comprehensive induction program for all staff upon employment, which covers all policies and procedures relating to Safety, Health and Wellbeing. The induction process covers the following policies and procedures, which are reviewed and updated annually:

  • Children’s Health Needs (Medical Conditions, Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management, Asthma Management, Medication)
  • Children’s Wellbeing and Comfort (Sun Safety, Clothing and Comfort, Safe Sleeping and Rest)
  • Hygiene Practices and Infection Control (Immunisation, Hygiene Practices and Infection Control, Food Safety)
  • Management of Illness and Injury (First Aid, Accidents, Injuries, Incidents and Trauma, Illness and Exclusion, Serious Incidents)
  • Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (Nutrition, Dietary Requirements, Celebrations and Foods From Outside the Centre, Physical Activity)
  • Child Protection (Child Protection, Tobacco, Drug and Alcohol-Free Environment)
  • Children’s Safety and Supervision (Supervision, Providing a Child Safe Environment, Water Safety)
  • Incidents and Emergency (Emergency Evacuation Procedures, Emergency Lockdown Procedures)
  • Workplace Health and Safety (Safety and Health Induction, Risk Register)

The Centre is proactive with regard to staff safety, health and wellbeing and have worked closely with the UWA Health & Rehabilitation Clinic to offer individual programs for staff experiencing, or at risk of developing, issues around manual handling, and have also arranged manual handling training for all staff members through Kirrily Robson and Logic Health, which has been beneficial and is ongoing.
The Centre also provides all staff with current training in First Aid and Asthma and Anaphylaxis and has had an active Safety and Health Representative since 1999.

The UWA Early Learning Centre (Child Care Services) is commended for their high level and accredited safety and quality programs which are designed to provide transparency of services and to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of staff, children, families and Centre visitors.

School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

For decades a 400 litre liquid nitrogen tank was located in the basement of L block and posed a potential asphyxiation hazard to personnel. Early in 2015 a project team of Brett Tizard, Marina Silich-Carrara, Melissa Andrade, Gail Dixon and Jacob Kenny worked on the relocation of the tank to a ground floor location with more space, better ventilation, oxygen monitoring and better access for refiling from the supplying road tanker. The move in June 2015 was a mammoth task to co-ordinate as it involved liaising with hospital security, staff and emergency response personnel. However due to great planning and hard work the tank was successfully moved to its safe new home on the ground floor in L block, QE II where the improved ventilation and oxygen monitoring has greatly reduced the risk of asphyxiation.

The School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is commended for their detailed planning and successful relocation in June 2015 of a 400 litre liquid nitrogen sample storage tank from a basement to a ground floor location where with better ventilation and monitoring the risk of asphyxiation has been greatly reduced.

Marina Silich-Carrara  Marina Silich-Carrara with SDVC Dawn Freshwater

UWA Institute of Agriculture

The institute of Agriculture has made significant improvements to safety and health at the Pingelly Farm. These improvements have been driven by management’s proactive focus to improve the safety for staff as well as visitors to the site. The resources and dedication have resulted in an improved safety management, culture and improvements in the management of hazards and safety processes. Notable activities have included:

  • Strong commitment and ongoing focus from management who have engaged in safety through good communication, safety reporting, driving the completion of the UWA online health and safety induction, completing site visits and active committees
  • Ongoing improvements to visitor and farm user inductions including efforts to develop the Online Farm Safety Induction
  • Development of the farm Open Day risk assessment to ensure hazards were identified and controlled for staff and visitors
  • Completed all required senior management safety activities
  • Arranged onsite injury prevention program for the Pingelly Farm to identify manual handling hazards and high risk tasks, complete ergonomic assessments, job role profiling to assist injury management and on the job manual handling coaching
  • Improvements to grain silos to minimise working at heights and manual handling tasks
  • Timely reporting of incidents
  • Development of the Action Tracking Register for ongoing monitoring and tracking of all corrective actions to proactively improve safety
  • Active involvement in the Faculty of Science Safety Committee

The UWA Institute of Agriculture is commended for their strong management commitment to work health and safety, planning, hazard management, training and monitoring of corrective actions at the Pingelly Farm and active involvement in work health and safety at a Faculty level.

Bianca Tabbakh  Bianca Tabbakh with SDVC Dawn Freshwater

Western Australian Centre for Rural Health

The Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) is an off campus unit based in Geraldton and provides education and research services to contribute to the future rural health workforce and health outcome of WA’s rural community. The Geraldton facility includes office space, general training rooms and specific simulation based education facilities. Staff are required to travel considerable distances as an inescapable part of their role.

In late 2014 WACRH embraced the UWA Safety approach and were fortunate in the ground work undertaken by Ms Rose Walker (Admin Officer) and then followed-up by Ms Glenys Walker (Clinical Supervisor and Physiotherapist). They were successful in raising the safety awareness of WACRH management and staff, gaining compliance in health and safety on-line module completions and undertaking an intensive review and planning approach to establish a WACRH Safety Committee. The current WACRH Safety Committee comprises Ms Glenys Walker (Chair), Ms Luisa Stade, Ms Joy Heggs, Ms Emma Taylor, Mr Richard DeTrafford and Ms Rowena Chant.

WACRH successfully set and achieved 20 objectives in time for the January – June 2015 Traffic Light Report, submitted in September 2015. As a Centre, WACRH is proud of the process that has been established and the ability to promote good practice in the areas of Leadership and commitment; Provision of resources; Communication and consultation; Hazard management and activity planning; Workplace monitoring; Document control and Emergency and contingency planning.

The WACRH Safety Committee is cognisant of staff, student and community needs when utilising the WACRH building and accommodation. The WACRH building is over 2 levels and a lift is available for moving - equipment and people. When clinics are operating, clear signage is used for close parking for patients disabled by chronic conditions, over and above the designated accessible parking bay.

The WACRH team is very diligent when addressing the safety needs for WACRH, including the promotion of simple safety messages, the reinforcement of processes to follow and the ongoing workplace monitoring. They have adopted a safety consciousness with all staff encouraged to report and address minor concerns. With support from other staff and students (physiotherapy, exercise physiology and mental health), this has extended to a Workplace Health and Wellbeing program which includes ergonomic assessment of desk space, as well as exercise and the promotion of good nutrition and social interaction. Protocols are in place related to staff travel and they have given careful consideration to safety and any potential adverse events when staff and external stakeholders utilise their small gym. Many staff are trained in first aid and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, one of the benefits of being an organisation focussed on health and education.

The Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care) at Geraldton is commended for their diligent, organised and professional commitment and implementation of work health and safety programs undertaken for the benefit of their staff, students and as an exemplar for the wider community.

Marilyn Lyford  Marilyn Lyford with SDVC Dawn Freshwater

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Individual Nominations

Individual nominations (13) were received for

  • Greg Cozens, Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology
  • Glenys Dixon, Surgery
  • Professor Sarah Dunlop, Animal Biology
  • Lynsey Fitzgerald, Financial Services
  • Milly Formby, Animal Biology
  • Associate Professor Charlene Kahler, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • John Love, Psychology
  • John Moore, Physics
  • James Morgan, Financial Services
  • Joan O’Brien, Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
  • Geraldine Pieterse, Rural Clinical School of Western Australia
  • Rick Roberts, Animal Biology
  • James Wun, Campus Management

Mr Greg Cozens (Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology)

Greg Cozens is the Manager of Research Resources in the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology. His WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • Safety and Health Representative (SHR), School Safety Officer and School Radiation Safety Officer
  • Chair of the School Safety Committee, School nominee on the Faculty Safety committee
  • SHR member on the University Safety Committee since April 2013
  • Developed or encouraged others to develop protocols for all areas of the School’s operations
  • Manages the annual safety inspection and audits and ongoing testing and tagging of electrical equipment
  • Professional approach has resulted in a high level of compliance and willing engagement of staff on safety issues
  • Takes ownership of the development of complex health and safety issues

Greg is commended for his extensive involvement and high standard of health and safety work at the School, Faculty and University level. Greg is also active in the development of protocols and procedures, in the engagement of others and in the implementation of testing, inspection and audit programs.

Mrs Glenys Dixon (Surgery)

Glenys Dixon

Glenys Dixon is an Administrative Officer (Research) in the School of Surgery. Her WHS related activities and achievements have included

  • School Safety Officer and makes an outstanding contribution to the work health, safety and wellbeing of her follow workers
  • Developed and conducts the orientation program for new staff
  • Extremely diligent in reporting, investigating and recording safety related incidents
  • Proactive in arranging first aid training for a broad range of staff
  • Enacted a disaster management plan when in 2012 a crane from an adjacent building site fell onto the roof of the School of Surgery building
  • Maintains a balance between getting the job done whilst also maintaining the respect and affection of her co-workers

Glenys is commended for her outstanding contribution to the work health and safety programs and practices within the School of Surgery. Glenys is conscientious, dedicated and enthusiastic in both implementing existing requirements and in developing new opportunities to improve work health and safety within the workplace.

Prof Sarah Dunlop (Animal Biology)

Professor Sarah Dunlop is the Head of School of Animal Biology and Head of Experimental and Regenerative Neurosciences. Sarah was appointed to the role of Head of School in July 2013 and has been a strong advocate for an outstanding health and safety culture within School. Notable achievements include:

  • Upon appointment, reconstituted the School Safety Committee and drew up its terms of reference. The School now has proactive and effective communication and consultation through its Safety Committee
  • Demonstrating and ongoing hands on commitment to safety and health through the active involvement at all School Safety Committee meetings, in addition, the School’s Management Committee, chaired by the Head of School, discusses safety and health issues at its weekly meetings
  • Developing an In-depth knowledge of health and safety issues and showing a visible commitment to these through completing Workplace safety and Laboratory inductions
  • Providing substantial resources to ensure safety improvements
  • Actively involved in the 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. This has led to 100% of new staff completing the local workplace induction within 1 week
  • Arranged for two dedicated UWA work health and safety for managers and supervisors courses for School personnel and achieved the target of 80% completion rate for this training
  • Proactively involved in adopting and implementing the Faculty of Science Safety and Health Objectives and Targets as well as allocating adequate resources to ensure the objectives are achieved
  • Improvements have been achieved in the Traffic Light Reporting with Leadership and Commitment now meeting Best Practice (score 4). Considerable improvement from an overall score of 2.9 in 2013 to 3.7 in 2014 was also achieved

Sarah is commended for her strong commitment and leadership in the management of laboratory and chemical work, fieldwork, staff and student safety training, workplace monitoring and inspections.

Mrs Lynsey Fitzgerald (Financial Services)

Lynsey Fitzgerald

Lynsey Fitzgerald is the Business Manager of Financial Services and Human Resources and has worked within the University for a number of years and has always placed a high importance on safety and health matters. Lynsey has continuously sought to fulfil her role and ensure a commitment to best practice as reflected in the Financial Services Health and Safety Traffic Light reports. Her work health and safety related activities and achievements have included:

  • Active member of the Financial Services Health & Safety Committee
  • Ensuring that managers are up to date with knowledge of health & safety matters
  • Actively stimulate the local workplace culture by promoting discussion and integration of health and safety considerations into the planning of all tasks and activities undertaken
  • Putting systems in place to ensure that the business uses appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risk from work
  • Driving participation for online Safety Courses ensuring 100% completion of the ‘Due Diligence’ course for Executives and Senior Management
  • Takes a direct and personal interest in reported injuries, incidents, near misses and hazards to ensure that appropriate reporting, investigation and response is achieved
  • Promoting a collaborative relationship with Safety, Health and Wellbeing team of Human Resources
  • Promoting HR Safety, Health and Wellbeing initiatives through the role of a Wellbeing Advocate, encouraging participation in various programs
  • Fostering a supportive environment during times of change
  • Commitment to ensuring wellbeing of employees

Lynsey is commended for her diligent and ongoing commitment to good work health and safety management practices within Financial Services. Lynsey leads by example and uses a consultative, professional and outcomes focussed approach in ensuring the implementation and reporting of health, safety and wellbeing activities and achievements.

Ms Milly Formby (Animal Biology)

Milly Formby is a Technical Officer in the School of Animal Biology. Her work health and safety related activities and achievements have included

  • Organised the collection, manifesting and disposal of over 1200 wet and dry chemicals from the School of Animal Biology labs in January and July 2015
  • Arranged unwanted chemicals alphabetically in one of the labs to facilitate fast removal by the chemical consultant and created a comprehensive chemical manifest which saved the school an estimated $3,000 in consultant fees
  • Worked with laboratory supervisors to ensure all ChemAlert inventories were up to date following the disposal
  • Ran a ‘How to use ChemAlert’ workshop to assist academic staff with keeping chemical inventories up to date
  • Implemented standardised red lab safety folders and their installation in readily accessed holders near lab doors for easy location in the event of an emergency
  • Oversaw lab inspections and ensured all lab safety folders contained lab inspection, induction and risk assessment records, as well as standard operating procedures and up to date MSDSs
  • Contributed to new protocols as part of the online requisition form for purchasing chemicals
  • Prepared and presented School Safety Inductions on a monthly basis
  • Worked with administrative staff to compose School Safety and Lab Induction forms that assisted with the maintenance of accurate and up to date induction records for all staff and students

Milly is commended for her leadership and work in chemical management in the School of Animal Biology. This includes work on chemical inventories, manifesting and disposal of unwanted chemicals, laboratory safety folders, conducting inductions and training, purchasing protocols, inspections and records.

Associate Professor Charlene Kahler (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)

Charlene Kahler

Charlene Kahler is an Associate Professor in the School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Charlene was nominated on the grounds of exemplary laboratory safety standards as demonstrated by:

  • Laboratory suite is well-organised throughout and met every standard and protocol appropriate to the hazards, reagents and procedures within it
  • Chemicals adequately stored and segregated appropriately
  • Risk assessments, SOPs, SDS files and warning signs appropriately displayed
  • Staff and students are inducted and training records readily available
  • Emergency procedures clearly posted
  • Spill kits maintained and readily available

Charlene is commended for the exemplary laboratory safety standards practiced and in evidence in her research laboratory 2.05 in the School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Charlene’s leadership, commitment and the implementation of high standards of chemical management, housekeeping and training contribute to a flourishing safety culture in a busy and productive work group.

Mr John Love (Psychology)

John Love

John Love is a Team Leader (Teaching and Research Resources) in the Technical Support Section in the School of Psychology. John has worked as an Electronics Engineer in the School for over 24 years and currently holds the position of Health and Safety Representative. He has been dedicated to improving safety and health within the School of Psychology for many years and his safety related activities and achievements include:

  • Building Warden and Electrical Safety Officer since 2005
  • Safety and Health Representative in 2013 and a regular attendee at the UWA Safety Personnel meetings
  • Secretary of School of Psychology Safety Committee
  • Currently developing School Health and Safety manual
  • Development of School workplace specific health and safety induction checklist and of the School Safety and Health Risk Register
  • Installation of Safety Signage throughout the various buildings within the School
  • Attended the UWA work health and safety for managers and supervisors and UWA mental health first aid training course in 2011
  • Encourages School staff to attend the UWA work health and safety for managers and supervisors training and to participate in warden training
  • Conducts regular workplace safety inspections and ongoing identification and reporting of hazards and incident reporting
  • Administration of UWA Traffic Light reports and quarterly Faculty KPI reports
  • Responsible for implementation of the UWA electrical equipment test and tag requirements since their formal introduction in 2006
  • Completed Electrical PAT testing and Cords and Plugs training courses at CET (Joondalup) in 2015
  • Completed UWA in-house training course for the design, assembly and inspecting for electrical safety of equipment and appliances at UWA in 2015 and obtained Department of Commerce (Energy Safety) electrical workers permit in 2015
  • Design and modification of research electrical equipment within the School to comply with Australian standards
  • Currently studying for a Cert IV in WHS

John is commended for his considerable activities and achievements in work health and safety management within the School of Psychology. John enthusiastically applies his knowledge, leadership, management and technical services in supporting the School’s health and safety programs.

Mr John Moore (Physics)

John Moore is a Senior Technical Officer and Safety and Health Representative (SHR) in the School of Physics. John’s commitment to safety has been exemplary. His WHS related activities and achievements have included:

  • Member of the School of Physics Safety Committee and serving SHR on the University Safety Committee since June 2009
  • Involvement in analysis of causes of the helium liquefier explosion in 2013
  • Re-evaluation of helium processing systems and liaison with the manufacturer of the replacement helium liquefier to include additional safety features
  • Assistance with Safety, Health and Wellbeing on risk analysis of helium storage in basement of Physics building
  • Valuable assistance over 3 years on investigations and design of new location for the Physics 10,000 litre liquid nitrogen storage tank, moving the liquid nitrogen dispensing system outside the building and moving the main helium storage system outside the building
  • Re-arranging research accommodations within Physics building and ensuring that non-compliant electrical distribution systems were brought up to current standards in refurbished spaces
  • Improving laboratory safety within Physics building
  • Improving workshop safety, fire mitigation and public safety at the Gingin research station
  • Received a UWA Safety Leadership Award in 2011

John is commended for his highly valued services to the School of Physics and to the University. John has provided high level technical and management expertise for helium processing and storage, liquid nitrogen storage, electrical safety, laboratory and workshop safety and also public safety and fire mitigation at the Gingin research station.

Mr James Morgan (Financial Services)

James Morgan

James Morgan is an Administration Officer (Vehicles) and Procurement Officer within Financial Services. James has made a significant contribution to improving safety and health awareness within the department as a Safety and Health Representative. During his tenure, James has formed good working relationships with the Safety, Health and Wellbeing team in Human Resources and seeks to prompt safety initiatives. James’ workplace safety and health related activities and achievements have included:

  • Observing employee safety practices and correcting unsafe behaviours
  • Clearly defining safety expectations to peers and superiors
  • Pro-active participation in safety meetings adding value to content by reporting on observations and any safety improvement initiatives
  • Immediate and prompt completion of any safety reporting, particularly around injury management
  • Encouraging employee participation in safety activities
  • Building relationships with HR Safety personnel
  • Consistently supporting and promoting safety training programs
  • Daily safety inspections

James is commended for his proactive approach to implementing good work health and safety management practices within Financial Services. James leads by example, encourages worker engagement and participation, actively promotes health and safety related training and regularly conducts workplace inspections.

Ms Joan O'Brien (Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics)

Joan O'Brien

Joan O’Brien is Administrative Assistant in the Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (EECE) School and also for the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Academic Services Team).

On 14th September 2015 a UWA student collapsed in Engineering with a diabetic seizure. Concerned students approached the EECE General Office and Joan was able to provide first aid assistance to the distressed student. Joan was also able to contact a parent to keep them advised as to attendance by the ambulance and following transfer to hospital of the student.

Joan is commended for her actions in assisting a UWA student in distress on the Crawley campus in September 2015. Joan’s quick thinking and knowledge was important in minimising the harm in a potentially serious situation. Her efforts in assisting the student are greatly appreciated.

Ms Geraldine Pieterse (Rural Clinical School of Western Australia)

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

  • 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 number of 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

Geraldine is commended for her high standard work in event planning, travel and fieldwork safety and the development of safety manuals and standard operating procedures for use at 14 rural sites across Western Australia

Mr Rick Roberts (Animal Biology)

Rick Roberts

Rick Roberts is a Technical Manager in the School of Animal Biology. Rick has been the School Safety Officer since 2013. His WHS related activities and achievements have included:

  • Maintaining a high standard of occupational health and safety across the School and showing initiative to deal with problems
  • Recently reviewed and updated the safety manual and local health and safety induction to comply with UWA Safety Health and Wellbeing requirements
  • Active laboratory inspection program with close out of corrective actions during 2015
  • Good culture of following up on incident reporting, investigation and actions to make sure they have been closed out
  • Review of Zoology building emergency evacuation processes and technical support required
  • Encouraged laboratory managers to continually review their workplace safety
  • Proactive safety sweeps of the Zoology building
  • Review field trip requirements, applications and Standard Operating Procedures for various field trips across the State
  • Developing relationships with staff and students in order to be approachable to listen to their problems and give guidance or direction in regards to safety and health and wellbeing practices
  • Current member of the School Safety Committee
  • Developed a new School of Animal Biology Safety PowerPoint Induction for all new staff, students and visitors from 2013 to early 2015
  • Committed to workplace safety and communicating a safety ethos across the school
  • Refining of chemical and Drug purchasing procedures within Animal Biology and activating and overseeing the collection and disposal of unwanted chemicals with the technical staff team
  • Ongoing development of the School vehicle policy and PowerPoint induction for 4x4 vehicle users for 2016
  • Introduction of a new 4x4 vehicle training course for staff and students
  • Building warden for the Zoology building and conducting information sessions for area wardens in the building

Rick is commended for his activities and achievements in work health and safety management in the School of Animal Biology. Rick provides high level technical services and support for laboratory, chemical, fieldwork, driving, emergencies and health and safety related training.

Mr James Wun (Campus Management)

James Wun is the Engineering Services Manager, Engineering Services in Campus Management. James drove a significant safety initiative associated with the critical electrical infrastructure at UWA which had the potential to cause serious injury or death and significant business interruption.

In 2014 an explosion at the Morley Galleria Shopping centre resulted in the death of two electrical workers and serious injury to others. The cause of the explosion was not known for a significant period of time, However James immediately began liaising with Western Power to determine whether UWA electrical substation switchgear and associated infrastructure posed any risk to UWA staff or business.

As a result of this consultation with Western Power and careful monitoring of the WorkSafe and Western Power bulletins, James identified that potential catastrophic hazards in both the Shenton Park and Crawley Campus switch rooms existed, that had the potential to cause the same devastating incident that occurred at Morley. The same switchgear that caused the explosion was also located in these UWA switch rooms.

James immediately implemented access restrictions to the HV switch rooms to ensure no UWA maintenance staff or Contractors were placed at risk and began coordinating with Western Power a process to inspect and verify the safety of the equipment. The following 9 months was arduous with detailed planning and coordination. Finally, a date was set to undertake the inspections and testing with Western Power.

The inspections required the shutdown of “mains power” to the entire University Crawley Campus for a period of 2 days. This was unprecedented, as never before had the power to the entire Crawley Campus been isolated for such a length of time. The most previously was as a result of equipment failure for 4 hours approx. 20 years ago.

James worked tirelessly with UWA Risk Management to develop a comprehensive plan that required the following to be implemented.

  • All buildings required temporary generation to maintain power and keep critical services running such as research experiments, freezers storing valuable research, Information and Communication Technology systems and other building operational systems
  • Maintain air conditioning to critical temperature controlled environments where essential activities could not be disrupted
  • Shut down of central plant and strategic management of main’s shutdown and maintenance activities to ensure Central Plant could produce enough chilled water to service the buildings the next day
  • Preservation of property as the mains power was turned off and reenergized
  • The potential was for power surges to occur causing electrical distribution boards to overload and become disabled
  • Preservation of life in ensuring high quality contractors and resources were engaged to manage the “mains power” switching and maintenance

Upon inspection it was discovered that some significant wear had occurred to the electrical insulation. Western power were able to implement improvements to the protection of the substation switch gear that ensured the safety of all UWA buildings and persons until the planned upgrade of the HV Substation in 2016.

It was through James’s leadership, proactive safety instinct and strategic coordination that a potential disaster at UWA was mitigated. The potential impact of such an event would have crippled the University for 6 – 8 weeks had a similar event occurred to that at Morley Galleria.

James is commended for his leadership and drive in initiating this major project which was essential to help reduce the electrical safety risks to UWA personnel and also to ensure continued electrical supply to the Crawley campus.

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Group Safety Award

The Group Safety Award acknowledges best practice approaches and achievements in work health and safety management by Faculties, Schools or Sections within The University of Western Australia and its affiliates.

The 2015 Group Safety Award was awarded to Animal Care Services.

The Animal Care Services received a framed certificate and gift vouchers sponsored by the University Co-operative Bookshop and UniBank.

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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 2014. Evaluation took into account the different circumstances of the work areas.

The 2015 Individual Safety Award was awarded to Milly Formby

Milly received a framed certificate, gift vouchers sponsored by the University Co-operative Bookshop and UniBank

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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 2015 Safety Leadership Award was awarded to Professor Sarah Dunlop

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

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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 2015 Safety Recognition Award was awarded to both John Moore and James Wun.

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

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

Acknowledgements are made to:

  • Professor Dawn Freshwater and the Vice-Chancellery for their ongoing support of the University safety, health and wellbeing 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
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  • UniBank for their ongoing sponsorship of the awards
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