Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter July 2013

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.

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  1. Safety Related Training 2013
  2. UWA Safety Awards 2013
  3. UWA Health and Safety Traffic Light Reporting (Submissions due by 30th August)
  4. Safe Work Australia - New Code and Guides - Traffic Management
  5. Nanotechnology - WorkSafe WA
  6. Working Together: Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work
  7. Health and Safety Representative Training
  8. Four Year Old's Amazing Triple Zero Call
  9. 'What will it take for you to learn First Aid?'
  10. Free seminar for staff: Friday August 30: Looking after your upper limbs
  11. University Safety Committee
  12. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2013

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UWA Safety Awards 2013

Nominations are invited for the following four UWA Safety Awards - Group (Faculty, School, Section), Individual, Safety Leadership (Individual) and Safety Recognition. All staff and safety committees are encouraged to promote these awards within their work areas and to seek suitable nominations. Nominations to Safety and Health close on Friday 27th September 2013. The awards will be presented in October during Safe Work Australia Month, which has a theme of ‘Safety is a frame of mind’.
For further information:  See how Safe Work Australia Week was celebrated in 2012:

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UWA Health and Safety Traffic Light Reporting (Submissions due by 30th August)

The next UWA Traffic Light Report for the 6 month period January to June 2013 is required to be submitted to Safety and Health by Friday 30th August 2013. Whilst line management and health and safety personnel should be consulted in helping determine the scores, it is the senior manager (Head of School and higher) who should endorse and sign off on the submission from their work area. Safety and Health is available to meet to advise and assist work areas in achieving good practice (and ideally best practice) work health and safety standards. The collated responses and summary for the previous reporting period in 2012 is available via the Traffic Light program webpage at:  or directly (Pheme log in required) at:

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Safe Work Australia - New Code and Guides - Traffic Management

Safe Work Australia has released the final version of its model Code of Practice on Traffic Management in Workplaces as well as four industry-specific guides to the Code. The Code, once approved, will apply to all businesses or undertakings where there is a risk of vehicles and powered mobile plant colliding with people in the workplace. It includes information on identifying traffic hazards, a comprehensive list of control measures (with diagrams), and a traffic control measures checklist.

Industry specific guides:

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Nanotechnology - WorkSafe WA

WorkSafe have released a bulletin on Nanotechnology which is a useful review of Safety and Health issues. Topics include:

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Working Together: Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work

This guide was developed by Comcare and the Australian Public Service Commission. 18 topics are covered including preventing bullying at work, building resilience, talking about mental health, and leaders' roles and responsibilities. The guide says to tackle mental ill health in the workplace and create a positive mental health and wellbeing culture, leaders should:

  • Design and manage workers' jobs so as not to cause undue stress or excessive workloads, and involve them in decisions on how their work is undertaken
  • Provide managers with support to help workers adapt to challenges and change, and hold them accountable for this work
  • Raise awareness of mental ill health in the workplace to reduce stigma and help people recognise and respond to early warning signs
  • Take an active role in ensuring workers with longer-term incapacity for work due to mental health conditions are offered pathways back to employment
  • Provide workers with access to health information and support.

The guide outlines some myths and misunderstandings that drive discrimination including:

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Health and Safety Representative Training

Recently a Health and Safety Representative 5 day course was conducted over 2 weeks at the Business School. Fourteen (14) newly appointed representatives successfully completing the course and received certificates from Edith Cowan University. In addition there were 2 experienced Health and Safety Representative who completed a 2 day refresher course in the first week. This was the fourth course held at UWA to assist representatives being able to attend training and manage their work commitments.

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Four Year Old's Amazing Triple Zero Call

You are never too young to know how to dial for an emergency. At the University call 6488 2222.

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'What will it take for you to learn First Aid?'

Training workers in first aid not only saves lives in the event of an emergency, but reduces incident rates by making staff more safety conscious, the Red Cross has said, in launching a new tongue-in-cheek video to drive home the message. The two-minute animation features Bill, a factory worker whose quest for first aid - after he gets a paper clip stuck in his eye - is met by the blank stares of his colleagues.

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Free seminar for staff: Friday August 30: Looking after your upper limbs

Upper limb disorders often present as aches, pains, tension and disorders involving any part of the arm from fingers to shoulder, or the neck. Learn more about how to prevent or best manage injuries of this nature. All UWA staff and affiliates are encouraged to attend, however the session will be of particular relevance to staff who do repetitive tasks or regular heavy or overhead lifting. Speakers will include:

  • Brett Buist, Exercise Physiologist and Physiotherapist, UWA Health and Rehabilitation Clinic
    • The more common upper limb injuries, who is at risk, signs and symptoms to look out for
    • Best practice prevention and management.
  • Sean Ashton, Manager, Injury Management & Wellbeing, and Mike Brutty, Ergonomics Adviser, UWA Safety and Health Team
    • What you can do at UWA to reduce risk or manage conditions – including postural and ergonomic advice, training, injury management/ return to work advice.

12.30-1.30pm: John Bloomfield Lecture Theatre, School of Exercise & Sports Science. Please RSVP here.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday 11th June 2013. The next meeting is on Tuesday 13th August 2013. Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety and Health website.

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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: . All are encouraged to distribute relevant safety information in your workplaces.

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