Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter January 2014

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 2014
  2. Reporting and Investigation of Hazards
  3. Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the Community First Responder System
  4. Fatigue Management
  5. Nanomaterial Production
  6. Chemical Related Safety Videos
  7. Save the date: Employee Benefits and Wellbeing Expo
  8. UWA is Smoke Free - Reminder
  9. Mosquito Control
  10. Staffing News
  11. University Safety Committee
  12. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2014

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Reporting and Investigation of Hazards

The process for reporting hazards and the accompanying guidance has been clarified and is available at http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/incidents-injuries-emergency/notification#hazard . Essential changes are:

  • Ability to report identified hazards in any area including those other than your normal workplace.
  • Updated report form including stepwise instructions.
  • Requirement for resolution process to be driven by the affected area Supervisor.
  • Requirement to provide feedback following resolution to the instigator.
  • Flowchart provided showing escalation through Management following the Resolution of health and safety issues process more closely. See http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/about/resolution-procedure .

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Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the Community First Responder System

St John Ambulance has scheduled three presentations / demonstrations of the Heartstart automated external defibrillator (AED) and the Community First Responder System at the St John Ambulance State Office in Belmont.

The presentations / demonstrations cover:

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest - What is it?
  • Defibrillation explained.
  • The Community First Responder System and how it helps to save lives.
  • A practical demonstration on the Heartstart AED.

Session 1: Thursday 30 January 2014 10:00 – 11:00am (Completed)
Session 2: Thursday 6 February 2014 6:00 – 7:00pm
Session 3: Thursday 20 March 2014 2:00 – 3:00pm

All sessions will be held in Training Room 4 at St John Ambulance Training Centre, Corner Great Eastern Hwy & Lapage St, Belmont (Training Centre can be accessed at the back of the building on Lapage Street).

Bookings are required, so please email your response to first.responder@stjohnambulance.com.au

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Fatigue Management

The WA Department of Mines and Petroleum, Resources Safety have produced an information sheet ‘Frequently asked questions on preventing and managing fatigue on Western Australian mining operations’. While this is intended to serve the mining industry it is a useful guide for managing fatigue generally.

Some topics included:

  • What is fatigue?
  • Why is it a problem in the workplace?
  • What can managers, supervisors, and workers do to prevent or reduce fatigue in the workplace?
  • Commuting and fatigue
  • Quality of sleep

Further references

http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/documents/Factsheets/MSH_Fatigue_FAQ.pdf

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Nanomaterial Production

The United States National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has produced a document titled ‘Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes’. Much of the current research focuses on understanding the toxicology of emerging nanomaterial's as well as exposure assessment; very little research has been conducted on hazard control for exposures to nanomaterial's. Controlling exposures to occupational hazards is the fundamental method of protecting workers. Traditionally, a hierarchy of controls has been used as a means of determining how to implement feasible and effective control solutions. Evidence of control effectiveness for nanomaterial production and downstream use is scarce. This document is a summary of available technologies that can be used in the nanotechnology industry. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2014-102/pdfs/2014-102.pdf

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Chemical Related Safey Videos

“After the Rainbow” is a video safety message focusing on preventing accidents in high school chemistry laboratories. http://www.csb.gov/videos/after-the-rainbow/ Video excerpts from Dr. Trevor Kletz, a world renowned expert in chemical process safety on the causes of major accidents. http://www.csb.gov/videos/csb-video-excerpts-from-dr-trevor-kletz

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Save the date: Employee Benefits and Wellbeing Expo

Are you getting the most out of working for UWA? Come along to the UWA Employee Benefits and Wellbeing Expo 2014 to find out everything UWA can offer to help you achieve your lifestyle goals and boost your wellbeing.

Featuring a fresh new look, this year's Expo is running on Tuesday March 11 from 10.00am to 2.00pm in the Winthrop Undercroft. Mark your diary now. Come along for advice, prizes, special offers as well as free massages, food and drinks and more! Visit www.uwa.edu.au/staffexpo

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UWA is Smoke Free - Reminder

The University of Western Australia developed a smoke free policy to ban smoking from the 1st of January 2012. Smoking is prohibited in, or at, all of the 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

For more information visit the UWA Smoke Free 2012 webpage at www.uwa.edu.au/smokefree

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Mosquito Control

The grounds of the University and adjacent areas provide an environment supporting a diverse range of plants and animals including naturally occurring mosquitoes. High temperatures, rain and tidal variations can create favourable breeding conditions for mosquitoes, particularly on the Crawley campus. A new page has been added to the Safety and Health website providing information on mosquitoes with topics covering the following:

  • Ross River virus
  • UWA mosquito management
  • Other breeding sources
  • What can staff do
  • Research
  • Links to further information

For mosquito and other vermin issues staff should contact the Facilities Management Job Controller, preferably by completing the online form: http://www.fm.uwa.edu.au/about/forms/maintenancechargeable_job_request_form

Safety and Health mosquito web page: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/health/Mosquitoes

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Staffing News

Ms Laurton McGurk, Chemical and Safety Adviser (0.5 time) commenced on Monday 20th January 2014. Ms Christine Chernoff will commence in the new Safety and Health Consultant – Faculty of Science role on Monday 10th February 2014. Christine will be located in the Science Faculty office.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday 10th December 2013. The next meeting is on Thursday 20th February 2014. 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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