Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter February 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.

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  1. Safety Related Training 2015
  2. Call for Nominations for Safety and Health Representatives - closing Friday 27th March 2015
  3. Nanomaterial - Mesothelioma Link
  4. Mental Health at UWA - New information
  5. Electrical Safety - Classification of Hostile or Non-hostile Areas
  6. University Safety Committee
  7. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2015

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Call for Nominations for Safety and Health Representatives - closing Friday 27th March 2015

The annual call for nominations for Safety and Health Representatives in work areas whose SHR's two year term expires or who do not currently have a SHR will be made through an All-staff email soon. The closing date for nominations is Friday 27th March 2015. For further workplace information see: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives  and http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives/nominations  To download a nomination form: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives/nominations/form

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A new Safe Work Australia report has confirmed that certain nanomaterials could cause mesothelioma. The SWA research report, ‘Engineered Nanomaterials: An Update on the Toxicology and Work Health Hazards’, follows on from a 2009 SWA-commissioned literature review that found engineered nanomaterials are "potentially more toxic" than larger particles of the same substance. For the update, SWA analysed more than 90 reports and reviews from national and international agencies from the four years to early 2013, and says the studies confirm that long thin carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have "potential fibrogenic activity, including ability to induce mesothelioma". The report also examines toxicological considerations for titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, cerium oxide and silver nanoparticles. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/899/engineered-nanomaterials-update-toxicology.pdf

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Mental Health at UWA - New information

A series of new web pages have been developed to provide more information about mental health at UWA, including a video address from our Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dawn Freshwater. The new pages provide information on common mental health issues and suggestions on how we can all contribute to a mentally healthy workplace, with links to the resources provided by the University. Managers and supervisors will find detailed guidance in relation to managing mental health issues in the workplace, from having a conversation about mental health at work to developing reasonable accommodations. http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/health/psychological

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Electrical Safety - Classification of Hostile or Non-hostile Areas

The Electrical Testing and Tagging webpage http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/electrical-safety/testing-tagging-guidelines  has been updated to include the sub-section “UWA work areas as hostile or non-hostile environments”. It contains expanded guidance on classification of electrical environments. There is also a link to this sub-section on the main Electrical Safety webpage http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/electrical-safety . The ability to classify areas as electrically non-hostile brings the advantage that electrical testing and tagging is not required. Instead, regular visual checks which are carried out as part of recorded workplace inspections are sufficient to ensure that only undamaged equipment chords are used. An additional item “Tea Areas” has been added to The General Electrical Guidance webpage at http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/electrical-safety/appliance-guidelines . This guidance assists in determining the electrical environment classification for tea areas.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 17th February 2015. The next meeting is on Tuesday 14th April 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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