Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Safety awards 2016

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 2016 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 31 October by Professor Dawn Freshwater, Acting 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. Lifetime Achievement Award
  8. Acknowledgements

Dawn Freshwater and Toni Hawkins Dawn Freshwater and Roslyn Retallick Dawn Freshwater and the Biochemistry Technical Staff Dawn Freshwater and Pete Wheeler Dawn Freshwater and Christine Richardson Dawn Freshwater and Lyall Munslow-Davies

Group Nominations

Group nominations (7) were received for

  • Biochemistry Technical Staff, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Faculty of Science Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee
  • Rio Tinto VK1 Technologies Exploration - Project Generation Group
  • Rural Clinical School
  • Safety, Health and Wellbeing
  • Sport Science Professional staff, Sport Science, Exercise and Health
  • University Theatres

Biochemistry Technical Staff, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Technical staff from Biochemistry are being recognised for their outstanding attitude and management of a safe working environment. They are responsible for managing complicated laboratory areas with strict chemical management requirements. The team lead by Ms Denise Lupton (Chief Technician) and overseen by Mr Paul Kirkwood (Senior Technician) have embraced a strong safety culture to improve the safety standards within their work areas. This was evident during recent laboratory inspections which highlighted the high standards pertaining to laboratory safety.

Their achievements include;

  • A strong focus on chemical management
    • Ensuring all chemicals are correctly labelled, with labels containing the pertinent information.
    • Maintaining a high standard of chemical storage and segregation.
    • Implementing correct chemical disposal techniques.
  • Ensuring a high standard of electrical safety by ensuring all electrical equipment is correctly tagged and operating procedures adhered to.
  • Ensuring all staff complete the required safety and equipment inductions.
  • Emergency procedures and equipment are in place.
  • Risk assessment tool are being utilised to control any hazards.

Dawn Freshwater with the Biochemistry Technical Staff Professor Dawn Freshwater with the Biochemistry Technical Staff

Faculty of Science Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee

The Faculty of Science Occupational Health and Safety Advisory committee was established to bring schools together with the common goal of improving the work health and safety of all employees, staff, students and visitors.

The Faculty of Science Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee (OHSC) prides itself of being represented by members from each school and institutes within the faculty. The format of regular meetings and subcommittees ensures that each area is actively engaged not only with the wider health and safety objectives of the university but also the unique WHS challenges dealt with by each school. Since its inception this committee has established a number of work health and safety initiatives, including:

  • Developed Health and Safety objectives for the faculty (implemented in 2014) ahead of the university objective and targets being implemented.
  • The OHSC aims to add value to the faculty by implementing good value safety initiatives and ensuring processes are shared and not being duplicated amongst the schools.
  • The establishment of quarterly reporting highlighting and monitoring; incidents, trends in safety performance.
  • The committee implemented an improved reporting template which was designed to be fit for purpose and provided a better reflection of the information being supplied. This in turn resulted in better involvement from the faculty with 100% of areas now completing the quarterly reporting requirements.
  • The purpose of the establishment of the Faculty of Science OHSC was to establish a better means of consultation amongst the widely varying groups within the faculty.
  • Development and ongoing review of the local School and Faculty Health and Safety Risk Registers.
  • Inductions and local induction for areas have shown significant improvement and a reduction in the number of incidents.

Faculty of Science OHS Advisory Committee Faculty of Science OHS Advisory Committee

Rio Tinto VK1 Technologies Exploration - Project Generation Group

The Rio Tinto VK1 Group led by Professor Frank van Kann and overseen by Honorary Research fellow Mr Grant Walker has a very strong safety culture and continuously strives to improve and integrate best practice safety procedures into all aspects of their research. The group's core activity is to develop an airborne Gravity Gradiometer instrument for geophysical exploration.

Due to the complex nature of the hazards within their research which includes cryogenic liquids, remote working conditions, visiting national and international research staff, mechanical workshop management, manual handling and ergonomic issues, the Rio Tinto VK1 research team has provided an outstanding contribution to the University in establishing and maintaining high standards of Work Health and Safety.

Notable achievements include:

  • Rio Tinto maintains a prominent safety and health notice-board for staff in their main laboratory which is always kept up-to-date.
  • Demonstrate vigilance on a daily basis in relation to work health and safety issues.
  • Implementation of a Laboratory Work Health and Safety Manual.
  • Implementation of accurate record keeping for recording staff inductions.
  • Implementation of improved machinery safety standards for machine guarding and emergency stop switches in main workshops.
  • Contributor to the School of Physics Health and Safety Committee, which meets quarterly and on demand.
  • Implementation of ‘Electrical Safety Policy and Procedures’ including ongoing Testing and Tagging of appliances in their research laboratory.
  • Administer ChemAlert for their research laboratory.
  • Implementation of safe storage and disposal of chemical wastes.
  • Ongoing education to all staff and researchers about their responsibility and commitment to safety.
  • Conduct and assist with laboratory Safety Inspections for compliance.
  • Ensures correct and current safety signage is in place including placarding on research laboratories.

Rio Tinto VKI Technologies Exploration Group Professor Dawn Freshwater with Rio Tinto VKI Technologies Exploration Group

Rural Clinical School

The Rural Clinical School (RCS) of Western Australia was established in 2002 with Australian Government funding, with the explicit goal of attracting more doctors to regional, rural and remote practice. The School sits within the UWA School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences.

Senior medical students spend their penultimate academic year in a rural town, which offers excellent educational opportunities, as well as providing the chance to develop a real understanding of and enthusiasm for community and rural life, and boosts the likelihood of their choosing a future in rural medical practice.

The RCS started with seven students in four towns and has grown steadily. In 2016 the School has 88 students based across 14 sites from Kununurra to Esperance, working alongside approximately 100 academic and professional staff.

Notable achievements include:

  • RCS staff completion of the UWA Online WHS Induction has improved from 35% of staff compliant to 95% of staff compliant.
  • Senior management at 13 of the 14 Rural Clinical School sites have completed the UWA Work Health and Safety for Managers and Supervisors course. All participants completed the online modules prior to the commencement of the face to face component – a first for UWA!
  • The Head of School is actively involved on the Health and Safety Committee and considers and approves health and safety strategy and plans.
  • Timely reporting of incidents with appropriate follow up by Health and Safety Representatives and site staff. Looking at historical records it may appear that RCS safety record has worsened with an increased number of incidents. In fact, the number of incidents hasn’t increased – reporting has improved as staff have become more engaged with WHS.
  • Driving plans and Site Operating Procedures for RCS students have been reviewed and updated to include identified risks and control measures. The new documentation has been implemented across all RCS sites with relevant training provided to students.
  • A Rural Operating Procedure has been developed for Rural General Practice Placement (RGPP) students with a Driving Plan which includes identified risks and control measures. All RGPP students are required to submit Driving Plans for all journeys; plans are assessed and approved or amended.

Dawn Freshwater and Toni Hawkins  Professor Dawn Freshwater with Toni Hawkins, Rural Clinical School

Safety, Health and Wellbeing

The main role of the UWA Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) office is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimize the risk of injury, illness and property damage. They also provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Due to the complex nature of the hazards within a University environment, a team with expertise across many areas is required to provide support for the University’s mission. Some of these expert roles cover areas such as radiation safety, chemical safety, biological safety, laser safety, cryogenic safety, contractor safety, electrical safety, laboratory safety, off campus activity, physical safety, plant and equipment safety, manual handling and ergonomic safety, waste management safety and risk management.

SHW assists in the implementation of the UWA Work Health and Safety Policy objectives of:

  • To provide and maintain safe workplaces, plant and systems of work.
  • To adopt a risk management approach which is consistent with the nature of tasks and activities.
  • To provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure safe systems of work.
  • To ensure that nominated safety personnel are adequately trained and supported.
  • To consult and cooperate with health and safety representatives, workers and others.
  • To provide and maintain personal protective equipment as required.
  • To continuously review and improve its safety performance.

Sport Science Professional staff, Sport Science, Exercise and Health

The School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health (SSEH) has been very proactive in promoting an awareness of Health, Safety and Wellness issues within the School and to reduce any hazards and minimise the likelihood and consequences of accidents/incidents.

This has been promoted and encouraged by the Head of School (Professor Tim Ackland), School Manager (Mr Rob Hurn), new School Safety and Health Representative (Mr Christian Wachmer) and the School Technical and Administration teams to make Health, Safety and Wellness a high priority and focus. Health and Safety issues are raised at all School Executive meetings and Staff meetings.

Notable achievements:

  • Implementing a well-defined induction processes for staff, visitors, research users and students.
  • Timely incident reporting across all areas with a focus on risk mitigation and hazard removal.
  • Improvement in Traffic Light Reporting scores.
  • Strong commitment and ongoing focus from management who have engaged in safety through good communication, safety reporting, driving the completion of the UWA online work health and safety induction.
  • Recently reviewed and updated the School safety manuals (including for different laboratories). Reviewed the Health and Safety Risk Register.
  • Good culture of following up on incident reporting, investigation and actions to make sure they are resolved and action taken (if required).
  • Collection and disposal of unwanted chemicals by the technical staff team/Academic staff.
  • Administration and Technical staff and some Postgrads Building are Building wardens for the SSEH buildings.
  • Actively involved in the development of new School processes to ensure attendance and documentation of attendance for staff and postgraduate students at all School, workplace specific and Laboratory inductions. This has led to a high number of new staff/postgrads completing the online and local workplace inductions as required.
  • Arranged for managers and supervisors to attend WHS for Managers and Supervisors course.
  • Takes a direct and personal interest in reported injuries, incidents, near misses and hazards to ensure that appropriate reporting, investigation and response is achieved.
  • Implementation of the UWA electrical equipment test and tag requirements.

School of Sport Science Exercise and Health  Professor Dawn Freshwater with Rob Hurn, School Sport Science Exercise and Health

University Theatres

The University Theatres group are responsible for the management of a large and varying range of venues across the UWA campuses. They proactively manage the health and safety for a wide range of venues to ensure that no hazards pose a risk to employees or venue users. Over the last 12 months they have been proactive in improving their safety systems and compliance.

Noteworthy areas of improvement include:

  • Implementation of a Health and Safety Manual, Risk Management Plans and a local Risk Register.
  • Commencement of regular inspections and local Committee Meetings.
  • Timely incident reporting and follow up.
  • Completion of UWA required training such as Warden, WHS for Managers and Supervisors and Inductions as well as site specific training requirements such as First aid, Working at Heights and Manual Handling.
  • Excellent, sustained partnership working with Campus Management resolving substantial, and previously intractable, safety-related capital works, including electrical safety, falling from heights and suspension systems.

University Theatres  Professor Dawn Freshwater with Rob Lines, University Theatres

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Individual Nominations

Individual nominations (8) were received (in alphabetical order by surname) for

  • Professor Tim Ackland, Sport Science, Exercise and Health
  • Janet Edwards, Faculty of Education
  • Lyall Munslow-Davies, Safety, Health and Wellbeing
  • Roslyn Retallick, University Hall
  • Christine Richardson, Faculty of Science
  • Anita Severn-Ellis, Plant Biology
  • Christian Wachmer, Sport Science, Exercise and Health
  • Pete Wheeler, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

Professor Tim Ackland, Sport Science, Exercise and Health

Tim Ackland  Professor Dawn Freshwater with Rob Hurn receiving certificate on behalf of Tim Ackland

Professor Tim Ackland is Head of School for Sport Science, Exercise and Health (SSEH) and has been very proactive in promoting an awareness of Health, Safety and Wellness issues within the school.

Achievements include:

  • Being an active member of the UWA Safety Committee.
  • Previous chair of the Sport Science Safety and Health Committee.
  • Actively conducting and promoting inspections of work areas to ensure WHS compliance.
  • Supporting staff in implementing WHS improvements.
  • Promoting the importance of WHS training to staff ensuring compliance with attendance at required WHS training and the completion of area inductions.
  • Notable improvement in Traffic Light Reporting scores.

Tim’s safety leadership has resulted in a high level of compliance and engagement of staff and postgraduate student on safety issues. He has ensured safety improvement initiatives have been resourced and implemented and fostered a supporting environment during times of change.

Janet Edwards, Graduate School of Education

Dawn Freshwater and Janet Edwards  Professor Dawn Freshwater with Janet Edwards

Ms Janet Edwards is an Administrative Officer (Transnational Programs) in the Graduate School of Education. Janet has taken the responsibilities for Safety, Health and Wellbeing seriously and demonstrates leadership among academic and professional/general staff both formally and informally.

Achievements include:

  • Establishing the Faculty of Education Safety Committee including managing its membership, agendas, minutes and reporting.
  • Increased Faculty performance in the Traffic Light Reporting.
  • Proactively assisting the Dean in ensuring greater completion by staff of the online Safety, Health and Wellbeing modules.
  • Working with the Faculty Manager to ensure all new staff undertake and participate in a local workplace induction upon commencement.
  • Providing data to show progress and indicating areas still needing performance improvement.
  • Drawing attention to potential hazards during the EDFAA library refurbishment.
  • Promoting health and wellbeing initiatives within the faculty.
  • Drawing attention to health and wellbeing of those in the wider community including; collecting items for women’s refuges, support homeless animals just to list a few.

Lyall Munslow-Davies, Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Dawn Freshwater and Lyall Munslow-Davies Professor Dawn Freshwater with Lyall Munslow-Davies

Mr Lyall Munslow-Davies is Senior Health Physicist in Safety, Health and Wellbeing.
He has enjoyed a highly productive association with UWA since the early 1960s and was its Radiation Safety Officer from 1978 to 1995, becoming a direct employee in 1993 and on casual contracts since 2006.

Lyall has had a wide and varied career as a technician, regulator, designer, innovator, manager and trainer. He has been involved with the design of radiological, radiation and radioactive substances facilities at UWA, QE II, Curtin, Murdoch and other medical and research institutions. He has designed shields and systems for research, medical and industrial purposes. He has designed flushing sinks, fume cupboards, conducted fume dispersion studies, developed down draft benches, designed radioactive waste management systems (dilution and storage tanks, waste stores and facilities) and was involved in the selection and initial operation of the WA Shallow Ground Burial Facility.

Some of Lyall’s notable achievements include:

  • Contributing to the upgrade of the Liquid Helium plant and Liquid Nitrogen facilities at the School of Physics.
  • Consultation with Campus Management on the planning stages of more than 20 UWA buildings and facilities across various sites.
  • Providing specialist information on laboratory safety, compressed gas safety and electrical safety at UWA.
  • Involved in the preparation and revision of around 18 NH&MRC Codes of Practice in the Radiation Health Series and was a member of Australian Standards committee AS2243.4 Ionizing Radiation; AS 2243.9 Recirculating Fume Cabinets and AS 2982 Laboratory Design.
  • Lectured in training courses including: UWA Unsealed Radioisotope Handling course (3 days) which he initiated in 1979 and to date over 3,000 persons have completed. He also started (along with Professor Allan McKinley) and still continues to lecture in, the UWA Laboratory Safety course (1 day) which over 2,000 persons have completed since 1999.

Lyall has consistently proven to have a very strong safety culture and continuously strives to improve and integrate best practice safety solutions into all project work that he is associated with. He is an exceptional person who has provided many decades of valuable and exemplary service to the University and who cherishes learning and developing, assisting others and producing high quality and enduring work.

Roslyn Retallick, University Hall

Dawn Freshwater and Roslyn Retallick  Professor Dawn Freshwater with Roslyn Retallick, University Hall

Roslyn Retallick has been the Facilities Manager at University Hall since July 2015 and has always placed a high importance on safety and health matters. Roslyn has continuously sought to fulfil her role and ensure a commitment to best practice in Safety and Health matters. Her WHS related activities and achievements have included:

  • Chair of the University Hall Health and Safety Committee which meets bi monthly and publishes minutes
  • Ensures that managers are up to date with knowledge of WHS matters, including arranging WHS training for Managers and Supervisors at University Hall.
  • Actively stimulates the local workplace culture by promoting discussion and integration of health and safety considerations into the planning of tasks and activities undertaken.
  • Has put systems in place to ensure that the business uses appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risk from work based activities – e.g. University Hall Specific Induction for Contractors, Asbestos Management Plan for University Hall, a planned approach to Electrical Equipment Testing and Tagging.
  • Takes a direct and personal interest in reporting injuries, incidents, near misses and hazards to ensure that appropriate reporting, investigation and response is achieved.
  • Works to promote a collaborative relationship with the Safety, Health and Wellbeing team.
  • Actively involved in the Student Life Safety and Health Risk Register, including specific reference to the University Hall risk profile.
  • Involved in development of the University Hall student handbook.
  • Development of registers of plant compliance maintenance.
  • Working to align University Hall Contractor induction with UWA Contractor Management.
  • Taking a leadership role in the emergency management planning at University Hall.
  • Assisting SHW in development of online module for Residential Advisor warden training.
  • Organising biannual evacuation exercises, with SHW, of nine University Hall buildings.
  • Has worked with Campus Management, UWA Fire Engineers, City of Perth, Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and SHW to develop a refined reprogramming of the University Hall fire system, student behaviour during alarms and associated evacuation procedure to significantly reduce the number of false fire alarms at University Hall. This has reduced the number of DFES call outs (and associated fees) while reducing the malaise of occupants in responding to continual alarms.

Christine Richardson, Faculty of Science

Dawn Freshwater and Christine Richardson  Professor Dawn Freshwater with Christine Richardson

Ms Christine Richardson is the Faculty Manager (Strategy and Planning) in the Faculty of Science. Christine has been integral in implementing a number of health and safety initiatives to improve the wellbeing of staff, students and visitors within the Faculty of Science. Her contribution to WHS has included implementing committees to increase active participation, assisting with funding for WHS initiatives and driving WHS change within the faculty.

Christine has facilitated a number of key safety achievements in the Faculty of Science including:

  • Supporting the establishment of the Faculty Health and Safety Committee including being committee chair and a key driver behind a number of reporting and improvement initiatives.
  • Working with Associate Director; Safety, Health and Wellbeing to establish the role of Safety and Health Consultant for the Faculty of Science. Worked closely with the appointee to implement a new model of safety support within the faculty.
  • Ensuring WHS accountability amongst schools and institutes with the establishment of round table updates of the school WHS safety activities.
  • Ensuring that post incident adequate resources are available to fully implement any resulting corrective actions.
  • Actively and visibly demonstrates leadership of health and safety matters by chairing the Faculty Health and Safety committee, completing safety inspections and providing strategic direction through effective consultation and communication.
  • Fostering a culture of openly discussing safety to drive improvement.
  • Holding schools accountable for their WHS lead and lag indictors and ensuring that they meet or exceed their required objective and targets KPIs.
  • Maintaining a continuous overview of WHS by setting objectives for receipt of feedback from monitoring and reporting processes.
  • Leading the root cause analysis into the picric acid incident and driving the implementation of recommended corrective actions.
  • Using meetings to encourage required staff to attend the UWA WHS Managers and Supervisors training sessions, resulting in increased attendance at training sessions.
  • Leading by example by completing outstanding online inductions and encouraging others to do the same.

Anita Severn-Ellis, School of Plant Biology

Dawn Freshwater and Anita Severn-Ellis  Professor Dawn Freshwater with Anita Severn-Ellis

Ms Anita Severn-Ellis is a Research Officer in the School of Plant Biology and has recently taken on the laboratory manager role for the shared Molecular Biology Laboratory. Anita has transformed the facility during the past year into a well-managed, organised, efficient and safe working environment, setting a very high standard in laboratory safety operation within the School.

Anita is committed in maintaining Health and Safety by fostering a strong culture that revolves around informative decision making, taking responsibility and displaying consideration towards others. She is actively involved in the implementation of all aspects of the safety management of the laboratory and adjoining facilities including, planning, management, hazard identification and management and training.

Information exemplifying her commitment to safety at the University, Faculty and School level in various roles includes:

  • Providing a well organised and annotated working environment where information on equipment and chemicals is always at hand.
  • Having relevant supporting documentation including guidelines and forms, equipment lists and standard operating procedures at hand.
  • Provide guidance in decision making where required through a friendly and approachable attitude to all students and staff using the facilities.
  • Maintaining the safe operation of equipment through regular maintenance and ensure that care is taken when in use.
  • In Feb 2016, UWA Safety, Health & Wellbeing chemical safety audits conducted by Dr Laurton McGurk and Dr Ruhani Singh, highlighted the dedication and management Ms Severn-Ellis brings to this laboratory facility.
  • Providing guidance to staff, students and visitors to ensure safety whilst working with chemicals and equipment.
  • Responsible for the safe disposal of outdated and waste chemicals that was left behind at the facility by previous users.
  • Actively involved in pre-empting potential safety hazards, maintaining and improving safe and informed working conditions in the laboratory.
  • Reporting incidents and identifying potential hazards.
  • Actively involved in the annual cleaning day of the School to restore the use of neglected and cluttered space.
  • Carrying out safety inductions of students, staff and visitors and maintaining induction records.
  • Encouraging students and visitors to complete WHS related training and initiatives including UWA On line Health and Safety Induction, Laboratory Safety and Warden training.
  • Taking the time to induct students and staff at the outset and following up to ensure competence and confidence.
  • Collation of induction records, personnel training, equipment maintenance logs, chemical inventories and associated (M)SDS as required for the laboratory.

Christian Wachmer, Sport Science, Exercise and Health

Dawn Freshwater and Christian Wachmer  Professor Dawn Freshwater with Christian Wachmer

Mr Christian Wachmer is the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health (SSEH) Safety and Health Representative (SHR) and has gone above and beyond his normal duties to highlight the important of safety within his work area.

His outstanding achievements in this role include:

  • Conducting regular bi-monthly inspections of the work area and actively addressing any issues noted.
  • Completing the required online WHS courses and attending, mental health, managers and supervisors training and First aid courses.
  • Ensuring all the SSEH emergency evacuation plans are up to date and show the location of emergency equipment.
  • Introducing a monthly focus topic on WHS issues with information displayed on notice boards in the work areas.

Pete Wheeler, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

Dawn Freshwater and Pete Wheeler  Professor Dawn Freshwater with Pete Wheeler

Mr Pete Wheeler has been ICRAR’s Outreach and Education Manager since the Centre launched seven years ago. In that time ICRAR has engaged over 115,000 students, teachers and members of the community with their programs – all without a single incident. As a safety leader within ICRAR Pete has been responsible for ensuring that that their logistically complex events a safe and enjoyed by all. He has also implemented a number of safety initiatives within the Centre to ensure that their WHS risks are being managed effectively.

These achievements include:

  • Managing the risk around driving long distances on unsealed roads, ensuring equipment is maintained to be used in adverse conditions.
  • Ensuring that the correct practices are in place to ensure the correct technique is used when lifting and moving equipment.
  • Ensuring the safety of staff, volunteers, visitors and members of the community during external events.
  • Ensuring safety protocols are in place when students use potentially dangerous observing equipment (e.g. observing the sun).
  • Conducting regular equipment checks, replacing and repairing equipment if required.
  • Conducting risk assessments for outreach equipment and programs.
  • Developing Safe Operating Procedures for the outreach equipment being used.
  • Ensuring staff have completed the required induction, WHS and equipment training.
  • Arranging for a defibrillator to be purchased for the Ken and Julie Michael Building.

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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 2016 Group Safety Award was awarded to Biochemistry Technical Staff, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry..

      The Biochemistry Technical Staff were commended for their hands-on approach to laboratory safety management. Their team have embraced a strong safety culture to improve the safety standards within their work areas. They received a framed certificate and gift vouchers sponsored by The Co-op 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 2015. Evaluation took into account the different circumstances of the work areas.

      The 2016 Individual Safety Award was awarded to Roslyn Retallick, University Hall.

      Roslyn was commended for her diligent and ongoing commitment to good work health and safety management practices. Roslyn leads by example and has had considerable success improving safety at University Hall. Roslyn received a framed certificate and gift vouchers sponsored by The Co-op 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 2016 Safety Leadership Award was awarded to Christine Richardson, Faculty of Science

      Christine was commended for demonstrating outstanding safety leadership, initiative and dedication in the implementation of good work health and safety management and practice within the Faculty of Science. Christine received a framed certificate and gift vouchers sponsored by The Co-op 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 2016 Safety Recognition Award was made jointly to the  Rural Clinical School and Pete Wheeler, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.

      The Rural Clinic School was commended for promoting a positive safety culture which has resulted in significant improvements in the Rural Clinical School work health and safety performance.

      Pete was commended for outstanding achievements in implementing effective safety programs and procedures for the Outreach and Education Program of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.

      Both the Rural Clinical School and Pete received a framed certificate and gift voucher sponsored by either The Co-op or UniBank.

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      Lifetime Achievement Award

      A special Lifetime Achievement award was made to Lyall Munslow-Davies, Safety Health and Wellbeing.

      Lyall was commended for exceptional service and outstanding contributions to the University radiation safety, laboratory safety, gas safety, electrical safety and many other work health and safety related programs over many decades. Lyall is an exceptional person who cherishes learning and developing, assisting others and producing high quality and enduring work.

      Lyall received a framed certificate and gift voucher sponsored by UniBank.

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      Acknowledgements

      The UWA Annual 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
      • The Co-op Bookshop for their ongoing sponsorship of the awards
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      • UniBank for their ongoing sponsorship of the awards
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