Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter January 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. Annual Safety Committee Reports - Required by 2nd March
  3. Traffic Light Reporting (Jul - Dec 2017) Required by 2nd March
  4. Safety Objectives and Targets
  5. Chemical Corner - Dr Laurton McGurk
  6. New SLOMO Laws in March 2018
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  9. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training

  • Work Health and Safety for Managers and Supervisors course (1/2 Day workshop).
    (NOTE - Online modules (5) must be completed prior to attendance).
    The next centrally organised workshop is on Wednesday 18th July 2018.
    Local Workplace organised workshops can be arranged with Safety, Health and Wellbeing. (Min 10 Participants)
    http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/work,-health-and-safety-for-managers-and-supervisors-course

  • Laboratory Safety Course
    Will be held on Monday the 19th February, in Tattersal Lecture Theatre. The course runs from 9 am until 4:45 pm with breaks for morning and afternoon teas (we provide tea, coffee and biscuits) and lunch (we don’t provide lunch).
    More information and enrolment: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/laboratory-safety
    As this date is in O-week and parking may be difficult at UWA you are STRONGLY advised to use public transport if you don’t have a UWA parking permit.

  • Unsealed Radioisotope Handling Course
    (3 days) from 20th February 2018 in G25 Physics This is designed to provide participants with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable them to safely handle radioisotopes in a research environment.
    All new unsealed radioisotope users at UWA are required to have attended and passed this course within the first year of using radioisotopes, preferably before they start such work.
    The course satisfies the training requirements for a licence for unsealed radioactive substances (research) under the Radiation Safety Act 1975.
    http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/unsealed-radioisotope

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Annual Safety Committee Reports - Required by 2nd March

All UWA safety committees are required to submit their annual reports for 2017 by COB Friday 2nd March 2018.
Email to safety@uwa.edu.au
http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/committees

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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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Chemical Corner - Dr Laurton McGurk

Every now and again I find something that is that little too bouncy to stay where it is and too exciting for me to cart it away for disposal. Emergency response is called in and they get to do the honours.
People do get cross….
My colleague David Thatcher spends a lot of time teaching people how to “get out of burning buildings”. He’s very good at this; but is relieved that it’s not been ‘done for real’. Please help him maintain this spotless record.
The training he co-ordinates is crucial. The critical disposals I initiate are necessary. But if you work with chemicals you are unlikely to be injured by fire or explosions. The vast majority of our injuries are from ‘simple exposure’. Almost half of all chemical injuries are from skin/tissue contact. A quarter are from inhaling chemicals. You’re most likely to sustain injury to your eyes. Or your skin. It will hurt. But it will be a whimper not a BANG. Might as well wear the lab glasses and labcoat and save the drama llama the work.

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New SLOMO Laws in March 2018

New "slow down, move over" (SLOMO) laws aimed at protecting roadside workers will commence in Western Australia in March 2018. Drivers will be required to reduce their speed to a maximum of 40km/h when approaching and passing stationary emergency or incident-response vehicles, and move over or change lanes where it is safe to do so.

Incident-response vehicles include those used by: Police; the Department of Fire and Emergency Services; St John Ambulance; the Main Roads WA Incident Response Service; RAC WA; and tow trucks intended to be used to salvage or tow a vehicle. Failing to comply with the SLOMO law will attract a $300 fine and three demerit points.

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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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