Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter January 2017

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 2017
  2. Lightning Warning and 30/30 Rule
  3. Traffic Light Reporting (Jul - Dec 2016) - Required by 17th March
  4. Chemical Corner
  5. University Safety Committee
  6. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2017

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Lightning Warning and 30/30 Rule

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said “Employers need to recognize the hazards associated with an electrical storm and, where appropriate, have safe procedures and systems of work in place to minimize the risk of injury or harm to employees.” Recommended precautions and further information can be found here: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/warning-lightning-outside-workers  

The April 2015 newsletter had further information on ‘Lightning - Emergency Response Procedures’ If thunder happens within 30 seconds of lightning, then the storm is within 10 kilometres of your location. Lightning safety experts consider this the strike danger zone and advise people to follow the 30/30 rule. Take precautions when thunder is heard within 30 seconds of a lightning flash and wait for 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard to resume your activity. If you’re unable to take shelter inside, find the safest accessible location and stay there until the storm has passed. For more information on:

  • General precautions
  • If shelter is nearby
  • If shelter is not available
  • First aid

Go to this webpage: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/health/Pages/outdoorreslightning.aspx

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Traffic Light Reporting (Jul - Dec 2016) - Required by 17th March

The next UWA Traffic Light Report for the 6 month period July - December 2016 and the Health and Safety Committee Annual Report 2016 (as applicable) are required to be submitted to UWA Safety, Health and Wellbeing by COB Friday 17th March 2017.

Further information is available at:

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Chemical Corner - February 2017 - Training and Inspecting

It’s that time of year when I ask you to send me your students, your newbies and even yourself. Send them all.
Send the honours students who don’t yet know what delights are ahead of them.
Send the PhD students. We really want these guys – they’re going to be ‘off the leash’ for the first time in their lives and need to know how to handle the inevitable ‘issues’ that come with research.
Send us your postdocs who are new to UWA; send anyone you can rope in. Come along for a refresher; we’d love to have you.

The Laboratory Safety Course will be held on Monday the 20th of February from 9 am to 4:45 pm in room G33 on the Ground floor of the Bayliss (Chemistry & Biochem) Building. This is a basic course outlining safety information and procedures at The University of Western Australia. It focuses on chemical aspects but is applicable to any laboratory work. People working in specialised laboratories should attend this course along with training for specific hazards arising from their research. You can enrol in this course at http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/laboratory-safety  or email me directly at laurton.mcgurk@uwa.edu  .

The Unsealed Radioisotopes Handling Course is mandatory for anyone who will be working with unsealed radioisotopes at UWA. I’ve done the course myself and it stretched a few neurons which is always good. The course runs over three days – Tuesday the 21st, Wednesday the 22nd, and Thursday the 23rd of February at 55 Broadway starting at 9am. You can enrol in this course at http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/unsealed-radioisotope  email me directly at laurton.mcgurk@uwa.edu  .

If you’re going to use a high-powered laser at UWA then you’ll need to attend the Laser Safety Course, this course is an approved prerequisite for obtaining a laser licence. The next course will be held on the 3rd of February from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Hollywood Private Hospital (Monash Ave Nedlands). You can enrol in this course at http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/Laser-safety  email me directly at laurton.mcgurk@uwa.edu  

When the training’s over it’s time to get the Annual Laboratory Inspections out of the way? (let’s pretend you do them annually – you’re supposed to!)
Dr Ruhani Singh spent a lot of time building inspection templates using the iAuditor app (https://safetyculture.com/iauditor/  ) for use at UWA. These have been loaded into the free (publically available) library of templates. You can download the app onto your mobile phone, tablet or computer. It really is easy to learn to build, modify or use templates. You can use the templates without downloading the app but it will not work as well. The best thing about using iAuditor is that you can generate reports very quickly and embed photos as you go. The only downside is that iAuditor’s algorithm thinks a “NO” is always a bad thing…. Question: Is there a large, bitey, animal loose in the lab? Answer: NO…. and iAuditor thinks this is a bad thing! The IT boffins assure me they’re working on correcting this issue! We’ll keep you posted.

The Safety Culture Public Library, and all UWA templates can be found here:
https://public-library.safetyculture.io/search?q=UWA&page=1  

Below are the links to the individual inspection templates.

If you want a quick run through about how to use the iAuditor templates email me.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 13th December 2016. The next meeting is on Tuesday 21st February 2017.
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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