Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter December 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

  • UWA Smoke Free
  • Become a first aid officer
  1. Seasons Greetings
  2. Safety Related Training 2016
  3. Health and Safety Induction for New Staff - Reminder
  4. New PC2/Biohazard Training Module
  5. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Changes and over the Festive Break
  6. UWA is Smoke Free - Reminder for Induction and Orientation
  7. Chemical Corner
  8. Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) Staffing News
  9. University Safety Committee
  10. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Seasons Greetings

The Safety, Health and Wellbeing team wish all staff, students and contractors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We thank those who have assisted Safety, Health and Wellbeing, and strived to make the University a safer and healthier place to work and study.

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Safety Related Training 2016

  1. Plug and Socket Course from College of Electrical Training (CET) at Business Unit cost
  2. PAT testing Course from CET at Business Unit cost, followed by
  3. UWA In-House Electrical Training Course paid for by Safety, Health & Wellbeing.

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Health and Safety Induction for New Staff - Reminder

The University requires all new staff to complete the online health and safety induction within two weeks of commencing employment. Completions are monitored and reported to work areas through the UWA Health and Safety Objectives and Targets program.
http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/online

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New PC2/Biohazard Training Module

There is a new PC2/Biohazard training module available at UWA!
This training is compulsory for anyone working in a PC2 lab, or who will be requesting biohazard use approval. To access the module (as well as the new gene technology training):

  1. Go to lms.uwa.edu.au and login using your PHEME details
  2. Under “community”, do an “organisation search” for Biosafety
  3. The UWA Biosafety Induction will come up. Enrol yourself by clicking on the title and the embedded “enrol” option

The two modules within the Induction are “Biosafety 1: Biosafety Principles”(PC2 and Biohazard training) and “Biosafety 2: Gene Technology Regulations” (Gene Tech training required by the OGTR). When you have completed the module and passed the quiz, you will be provided with a certificate as proof of your training.

If external staff that need to access the training, just contact the biosafety office for a code to input. biosafety@uwa.edu.au

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Changes and over the Festive Break

Some changes have occurred in respect to Perth metropolitan locations for Optum (our external EAP provider). Face-to-face counselling is now available in Perth, Fremantle, Joondalup, Bedford and Mount Lawley, as well as in 18 regional locations.

Face-to-face appointments will be restricted (and the Perth office closed) from 19th December 19 to 3rd January. Immediate telephone counselling and on-site critical incident support will remain available. A reminder that the telephone number for Optum is 1300 361 008 (24 hours) for all services including the Manager Assistance Hotline.

Our internal counselling service, UWA Counselling and Psychological Services, will be available for emergency appointments in all UWA operational times (until midday 24th December and back on 7th January) but won’t be offering their regular appointment schedule until the first week of February. http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/health/eap

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UWA is Smoke Free - Reminder for Induction and Orientation

The University of Western Australia introduced a smoke free policy (from the 1st of January 2012) which prohibits Smoking in, or at, University’s buildings, properties and workplaces. The full policy can be viewed at http://www.universitypolicies.uwa.edu.au/search?method=document&id=UP07%2F150  
A range of methods are available to communicate important information about the ban, such as signage, print resources, and enrolment and orientation activities
The following resources are available:

  • UWA is Smoke Free flyer
  • UWA is Smoke Free flyer art work in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese and Korean.
  • Information card for smokers
  • Sample scripts for communication with someone breaching the smoke free policy
  • UWA is Smoke Free web stamp
  • Web UWA is Smoke Free URL: http://www.uwa.edu.au/smokefree/
  • Information for Managers and Supervisors
  • Portable signage

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Chemical Corner from Laurton

I’ve been carrying laboratory inspections across the University accompanied by Dr Ruhani Singh.
We’ve seen some amazing things (pickled bats, sapphire clocks and a denture-impact-resistance testing assembly!).
We met people with staggering amounts of training and experience in their areas of expertise and encountered some who have cupboards and lockers of old, dangerous reagents which they blithely admit to knowing nothing about!
“It’s not mine” (but you’ve been in this lab for years)
“don’t know where that came from….” (the label style is from the 1960s)
“we’re going to use it” (really… then why have you just bought 2 new bottles?)
“It’s not my problem….”
A colleague of mine who also works in the Dark Side (a.k.a Health & Safety) likes to play a game called ‘Headlines”.
You imagine these statements on the front page of The West Australian the day after the SEP (someone else’s problem) just went critical. It helps crystallise the issue of responsibility.
If you have people you’re responsible for then it IS your issue if they are injured or harmed by SEPs.

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Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) Staffing News

Mr Geoff Atkins (Policy Officer) retires on 18th January 2016. Geoff was first employed as a Safety and Health Adviser for 6 months in 2007 and returned to UWA in 2010 to be our Policy Officer. Geoff has used his high level scientific, technical and computing skills to develop and review health and safety procedures, guidance and forms; undertaken major projects (new SHW website in 2012, Electrical safety procedures and training, Enhancement and Support program, RiskTeq preparation) and refined our monitoring and reporting systems (Traffic Light System reporting, Health and Safety Committees Annual reporting, training completions). We wish him a healthy, happy and productive retirement and thank him for his great work and efforts over the past 5 years.

Dr Matt Carroll (Radiation and Safety Adviser) finishes with SHW on 7th January 2016 to pursue his teaching interests. Apart from maintaining the radiation programs to a very high standard since 2011 Matt has also been involved with the ChemAlert program, Laboratory Safety training, On line training courses and University wide chemical waste collections. In April 2015 Matt was appointed as the Radiation and Safety Adviser at Curtin University (0.8 time) which he will continue with. Matt will also be greatly missed. We thank him for his great efforts over the past 4 years and wish him well in his future endeavours.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 8th December 2015. The next meeting is on Tuesday 16th February 2016. 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, Health and Wellbeing 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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