Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter February 2018

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. Safety Related Training
  2. Traffic Light Reporting (Jul - Dec 2017) Required by 2nd March
  3. Safety Objectives and Targets
  4. Cycling On Campus
  5. New Emergency Procedure Posters
  6. Chemical Corner - By NotaDr Dave Thatcher
  7. Cold Fizz
  8. University Safety Committee
  9. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  10. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training

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Traffic Light Reporting (Jul - Dec 2017) - Required by 2nd March

The next UWA Traffic Light Report for the 6 month period July - December 2017 and the Health and are required to be submitted to UWA Safety, Health and Wellbeing by COB Friday 2nd March 2018. Further information is available at:
http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/monitoring/traffic-light  

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Safety Objectives and Targets

Objectives and Targets reporting from 2017 are in the process of being compiled. Don’t forget, if you are a manager or supervisor you should have entered (or had an assistant enter for you) your safety activities for 2017.
Updated instructions on how to complete this can be found at the following link.
http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/monitoring/objectives-and-targets  

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Cycling On Campus

WA road rules apply on campus. For cyclists this means you must observe speed limits and wear a helmet. If you are involved in a car or bike crash, it is important you contact UWA Security. Requirements for cyclists on shared paths include:

  • Keep to the left of the path at all times, unless overtaking
  • Give way to pedestrians at all times
  • Signal early your intentions to turn at intersections
  • Slow down when approaching pedestrians
  • Ring your bell about 30m behind pedestrians when approaching them

Please be aware of building entries and blind spots around buildings.

The UWA Bicycle User Group promotes cycling to work and provides a source of information for all bike riders at UWA. More information on cycling at UWA and the law can be found at this link: http://www.transport.uwa.edu.au/cycling/_nocache  

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New Emergency Procedure Posters

SH&W have reviewed and updated the red Emergency Procedure posters that should be found in lunchrooms, lecture theatres and other public spaces.

Emergency Procedure

We currently have 500 available for distribution. Please email safety@uwa.edu.au  to let us know how many are in your area in need of replacement.

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Chemical Corner - By NotaDr Dave Thatcher

Laurton is busy so I am invading the chemical corner once more. There was some caustic ire directed toward my fizzy chemical descriptions last time, so today’s topic will be much easier for me to handle: Gloves!

Do you have the appropriate gloves for what you are about to pick up? Think about what it will do to you without gloves, will it cook you? Will it melt you? Will it just mess up the fabulous job you have done on your nails? Now make sure that the glove you are using won’t burn, dissolve, or be pierced by your pointy manicure. Don’t assume that if a glove is good for one hazard it is going to protect you against another.

Similar names do not mean similar protection. Which is better a TouchNTuff 92-600 or a TouchNTuff 92-670? Or when the name is different, will you be better served by a Gladiator, a Scorpio, or a Premium Pink? You can’t just pick the name you like, these five gloves all have different uses and provide different protections.

Learn them and know them, because all the funny names above are from just one company, Ansell. To their credit Ansell makes finding the glove you need easy, if you regularly will be handling a range of chemicals you should bookmark the following link, because one click is really easy, but not if your finger just liquefied.
http://ppe.ansell.com.au/products/chemical  

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Cold Fizz

It’s summer, everyone likes a cool drink to take the edge off, while it may be no surprise that a bottle of liquid sugar can make you stack on the kilos, the latest research from the University of Melbourne indicates that sugary soft drinks will increase your risk profile for a range of cancers as well.

Notably, even if you hit the gym or the pool, burning the calories isn’t enough to fix the problem. Regardless of your overall health and weight the consumption of the soft drinks increases your cancer risk. https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/increased-cancer-risk-from-fizzy-drinks-no-matter-what-size-you-are  

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday 12th December 2017. The next meeting is on Wednesday 21st March 2018.
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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Wellbeing eNews

A reminder that the new look Wellbeing eNews is now available with lots of great tips and events to help you improve your health wellbeing. Click here to subscribe

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