Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter August 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.

Further Information

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  1. Safety Related Training 2015
  2. Safety, Health and Wellbeing - Online Courses
  3. WHS for Managers and Supervisors Course - New Format
  4. UWA Safety Awards 2015 (Nominations required by 25th September)
  5. UWA Health and Safety Traffic Light Reporting (Submissions were due on 28th August)'
  6. How to ask 'R U Ok?'
  7. New healthy eating offerings: Dietary phone coaching & superfoods session
  8. Field Day - UWA Farm Ridgefield, Pingelly
  9. Chemical Corner
  10. Staffing News
  11. University Safety Committee
  12. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2015

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Safety, Health and Wellbeing - Online Courses

The following courses are now available in Blackboard:

  • UWA Health and Safety Induction (3 modules)
  • WHS for Managers and Supervisors (now 5 modules)
  • Due Diligence
  • Fire and Extinguisher Awareness
  • Basic Warden Training
  • NGL CO2 Research Building Induction
  • NGL CO2 Research Building laboratory induction

The following page has been created to assist in managing and gaining access to Blackboard units: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/LMS-Temporary-Access  The previous units in Moodle have now been closed.

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WHS for Managers and Supervisors Course - New Format

The WHS for Managers and Supervisors course has been incorporated as a KPI in the UWA Health and Safety Objectives and Targets. We have given the course a complete overhaul and modified its delivery method and duration, including the following changes:

  • Reduction of the face to face workshop duration to one half day – Previously two half days
  • Addition of two online modules to the three pre-existing ones – These five modules need to be completed prior to the workshop. The modules are:
    • WHS Legislation
    • Safety, Health and Wellbeing at UWA • Introduction to Hazard Management
    • Incident Reporting and Investigation
    • Workers Compensation and Injury Management
  • Transition of the course from Moodle to Blackboard LMS – previous units in Moodle are no longer available
  • The process we are using for enrolment and tracking completion has changed

How to enrol:

  1. Go to this page and follow the instructions to complete the online modules in Blackboard (http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/work,-health-and-safety-for-managers-and-supervisors-course)
  2. Enrol for the half day workshop of your choice

Where sections have a large number of staff wishing to complete the course Safety, Health and Wellbeing can run the workshop at your location.

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UWA Safety Awards 2015 (Nominations required by 25th September)

Nominations are invited for the following four UWA Safety Awards - Group (Faculty, School, Section), Individual, Safety Leadership (Individual) and Safety Recognition. All staff and health and safety committees are encouraged to promote these awards within their work areas and to seek suitable nominations. Nominations to Safety, Health and Wellbeing close on Friday 25th September 2015. The awards will be presented on Monday 26th October during Safe Work Australia Month, which has a theme of ‘Be safe. Be healthy. Because …. ‘ For further information: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/news/annual-safety-awards  http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/media-events/safety-month/pages/swam

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UWA Health and Safety Traffic Light Reporting (Submissions were due on 28th August)'

The UWA Traffic Light Report for the 6 month period January to June 2015 is currently being collated. Whilst line management and health and safety personnel should be consulted in helping determine the scores, it is the senior manager (Head of School, Director) who should endorse and sign off on the submission from their work area. Safety, Health and Wellbeing is available to meet to advise and assist work areas in achieving good practice (and ideally best practice) work health and safety standards.

The collated responses and summary for previous reporting is available via the Traffic Light program webpage: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/monitoring/traffic-light  
These reports and summary are also available at: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/monitoring/monitoring-process-results  (Pheme access only)

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How to ask 'R U Ok'

Come along to a free seminar ‘’How to have a conversation about someone you're worried about' on R U Ok Day, Thursday 10th September. Tasha Broomhall, Director of Blooming Minds, will provide practical tips on how to check in with someone you think might be having a tough time. RSVPs are requested online. http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/well-being/whats-on-offer/mental-health  

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New healthy eating offerings: Dietary phone coaching & superfoods session

Ideal for off-campus staff, we are now offering free, personalised nutrition advice over the phone. Over two phone calls a health coach (Dietitian) can assist with assessing your current nutrition concerns, and providing practical advice to improve your diet. Book online.

For those on campus, you might like to come along to the superfoods session (seminar and cooking demonstration, light tastings included) being held on Tuesday 22nd September from 12.30pm-1.30pm in the Ken and Julie Michael Building. RSVPs are requested online. http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/well-being/whats-on-offer/healthy-eating  

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Field Day - UWA Farm Ridgefield, Pingelly

Field Day based on the theme “Managing Risk: Climate, Mental Health, and Sustainability” at UWA Farm Ridgefield, Lamard Road, Pingelly on Friday, 11th September 2015.
Download the Program of events and Register by Friday, 4th September 2015 for catering purposes (lunch and afternoon tea provided).
A bus will be leaving the Vice Chancellery at UWA at 9.30 am, details are included on the registration page.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Project Officer Debra Mullan @ debra.mullan@uwa.edu.au  
The farm is located on Lamard Road Pingelly: http://www.ioa.uwa.edu.au/future-farm-2050/description
http://www.ioa.uwa.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/2336839/Ridgefield-Route-Map-2011.pdf  

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Chemical Corner

A workplace inspection is like an annual physical. It assesses the health status of an area and works out what, if anything needs to be done to keep things working well. Your area may be fit and heathy and receive a ‘clean bill of health’ or it may need a few tweaks to its regime to get it back optimal performance. Occasionally we may need to perform the chemical safety equivalent of open-heart surgery! Like an annual physical it’s not fun but it is essential. Unlike your annual physical it isn’t optional. Registers of chemicals; safety provisions, equipment and management plans must be up to date. Your Chemical Safety Officers are currently organising the schedule for inspections. Email laurton.mcgurk@uwa.edu.au  or ruhani.singh@uwa.edu.au  to secure the least inconvenient time – let’s face it there’s no convenient time for an inspection!

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Staffing News

Mr Peter Carlyon is retiring. His last work day will be Tuesday 15th September. Peter commenced at UWA in 2006 with Campus Management and in 2007 took up a Safety and Health Adviser role in Safety, Health and Wellbeing. Apart from general health and safety adviser duties (policy development, projects, training, incident investigations) he has conducted many internal OHS management systems audits and been the resident expert on construction, contractors, country driving and towing. He has been a UWA SHR since 2006 and coordinated the safety reps meeting every 2 months and SHR training conducted on campus. He has visited many off site locations in well-known for his plus his wide and varied work on campus. We wish him a healthy, happy and productive retirement and thank him for his great work and efforts over the past 9 years.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 11th August 2015. The next meeting is on Tuesday 13th October 2015. Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website. http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/people/committees/safety

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Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

For those who have missed out on our earlier editions, copies of previous newsletters can be obtained from the following web site: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/newsletter . All are encouraged to distribute relevant safety information in your workplaces.

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