Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter June 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

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  1. Safety Related Training 2017
  2. Wellbeing Offerings
  3. Staying too warm in winter - Burns and what to do
  4. Chemical Corner
  5. University Safety Committee
  6. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  7. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training 2017

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Wellbeing Offerings

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Staying too warm in winter - Burns and what to do

Nothing quite as satisfying as a hot coffee session on these cold mornings, but what should you do if in the rush to slurp it down you get scalded by a running tap, or steaming urn?

Firstly, get the scalded body part under running cold (but not iced) water for at least 20 minutes. Yes 20 MINUTES.

If your clothing over the burned area is still loose, remove it as soon as possible.

If your clothing is melted or otherwise stuck to your skin, DO NOT remove. Save that job for someone with a medical degree.

Hopefully within the 20 minutes of soaking you will have been found by another co-worker, they should be sent to call for medical assistance, then return to provide comfort and assistance.

The above also applies to all other conventional heat burns, such as from bonfires, burnt effigies to ward off evil winter spirits, candles, and as may have once happed to a much younger safety adviser; backing into a gas heater after getting out of the shower.

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Chemical Corner

Cinderella/Cinderfella – Access denied.

Ballerinas, thongs, sandals, SOCKS!!! Open-toed, low-fronted, bare heels, slippers???No… NO.

Thongs Thongs

Still not good enough.

Work places have an astounding array of potentially injurious things; they are what makes work cool (or hot, or smell funky!) We are not here to be fashionable or to sacrifice safety to comfort.

Human feet are not my favourite things. Once they’ve outgrown onesies I really don’t get that excited by them. UNLESS they’re strolling into a hazardous workplace flashing too much flesh! Then I’m outraged, astounded and appalled. I’m worse than the most puritanical Granny confronted by microshorts and a boob tube at Sunday mass.

You must not enter a hazardous workplace unless you are wearing appropriate footwear. Keep a pair in your office, your car; ask your supervisor if you can leave them in their office. Just don’t put a tootsie in that lab, workshop, kitchen, or field trial area without ‘sensible shoes’……. I’ll bounce you…. Then me and Grandma will have a chat.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 13th June 2017. The next meeting is on Tuesday 8th August 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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Wellbeing eNews

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

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