Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter March 2012

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 and Health Representatives
  2. Safety Related Training 2012
  3. Coming Soon
  4. University Safety Committee Annual Report 2011 - now available
  5. Heart Week 2012
  6. Register now for Global Corporate Challenge 2012 - closing April 30
  7. WHS Harmonisation Updates
  8. Ten Year OHS Strategy Released for Public Comment - Inclues "Research and Evaluation"
  9. Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) - Management of Potential Health and Safety Risks
  10. Emergency Contact Details
  11. In Case of an Emergency (ICE)
  12. University Safety Committee
  13. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety and Health Representatives

The annual call for nominations for Safety and Health Representatives (SHR) in work areas whose SHR's two year term expires or who do not currently have a SHR was recently made with nominations closed on 23rd March 2012. There were 30 nominations received; 8 for the first time being, Claudio Cattaneo (Currie Hall ), Greg Madson ( Future Farm Industry ), Ann Deveson-Kelly ( Psychology ), Sandra MacIntyre ( CELT ), Fiona Birt ( International Centre ), Peter Duncan ( CMCA ), James Duggin ( ALVA ), Brendon Degois ( Indigenous Studies ), and 22 person renominating) were from: Narelle Palmer ( Student Services ), Jonathon Zahra ( Guild – Non Catering ), Lindy Brophy ( Central Administration ), Borut Klopcic ( UWA Fremantle Hospital ), Paul Hazzell ( Audio Visual ), Lucette Cant ( Human Resources ), Julie Proudfoot ( MRF – RPH ), Graeme Warburton ( ALVA ), Randall Jasper ( Albany ), Richard Small ( Arts ), Greg Cozens ( Anatomy ), John Doyle ( Uni Theatres ), Dennis Barden ( OHCWA ), Quang Ly ( Office of Development ), Tarina Wong ( Financial Services ), Karen MacDonald ( International Arts Festival ), Matthew Kenrick ( Physiology ), John Moore ( Physics ), Kanika Chandra ( Claremont General Practice ), Peter Franklin ( Population Health ), Wally Gibb ( Animal Biology ), Rodney Taylor ( Guild Catering Division ).
New SHRs are required to submit a Form 3 to WorkSafe WA (via UWA Safety and Health) and also complete a SHR Introductory training course within twelve months.
A total of 21 representatives, both new and renominated have advised they will be attending the SHR Introductory 5 day training course that is to be conducted in July over 2 weeks at the Business School.

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Safety-related training 2012

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Coming Soon

  1. New Safety and Health website
  2. OSH induction training modules

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University Safety Committee Annual Report 2011 - now available

The University Safety Committee Annual Report 2011 is now available.  The report provides information on
• Incidents and injuries – by work area, types, trends, current and proposed reduction strategies.
• Employee assistance program – external and internal providers, usage.
• New and revised policies, procedures and guidelines – for implementation (as appropriate).
• USC related business – items referred and actions taken.
• Safety related training, minor works funding and internal audit program.
• Safety Awards – acknowledging safety and health initiatives, successful implementation of processes and outstanding service by groups and individuals
• National OHS Harmonisation
Refer:  http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/people/committees/safety

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Heart Week 2012

Heart Week 2012 runs from the 6th to 12th May with a focus on the warning signs of heart attack and what to do. On Tuesday 1st May (2 pm – 3 pm) all staff are invited to a presentation on Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and the role of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) at UWA. Topics to be covered include: • Sudden Cardiac Arrest - What is it? • Defibrillation • First Responder System - Saving Lives • Demonstration with AED • UWA experience and emergency procedures • Questions. For more information and to RSVP, see above Safety Related Training.

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Register now for Global Corporate Challenge 2012 – closing April 30

The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) is a corporate health and wellbeing initiative that combines exercise, fun and ‘virtual’ interactive experiences. It’s a great motivator to keep moving toward 10,000 steps a day. GCC 2012 runs for 16 weeks from Thursday 24th May until Wednesday 12th September. The University will reimburse 50% of the cost for staff and affiliates. Get some colleagues together to form a team of 7 and join in the fun. Register before April 30 at http://www.gettheworldmoving.com/portal/6838-02404/university-of-western-australia . Contact Sarina Radici with any queries (sarina.radici@uwa.edu.au  6488 7931).

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WHS Harmonisation Updates

1. Discriminatory, coercive or misleading conduct guideline

Safe Work Australia has issued a new interpretative guideline - Discriminatory, coercive or misleading conduct - workers, prospective workers and others must be allowed to perform "legitimate safety-related functions" or raise safety concerns under the model Work Health and Safety Act without fear of reprisal. In such circumstances unlawful discriminatory conduct includes dismissing or terminating the contract of a worker, terminating or refusing to enter into a commercial agreement with a person, and "altering the position of a worker to the worker's detriment". The guideline includes an extensive list of actions that might be considered to be detrimental to workers (such as demotion, transfer and restricted access to existing resources), and a definition of prohibited coercive action. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/AboutSafeWorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/Publications/Documents/658/Interpretative%20guideline%20-%20discriminatory%20conduct.pdf

2. Slips and trips at the workplace fact sheet

Safe Work Australia has issued a new and WorkCover NSW have released a new fact sheet - Slips and trips at the workplace - outlines the slipping risks associated with a host of common floor types (including concrete and steel plate), and the role of PCBUs in reducing such hazards. The fact sheet includes measures for eliminating or reducing the risk of workplace slips and trips according to the hierarchy of controls. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/AboutSafeWorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/Publications/Documents/659/Slips%20and%20Trips%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

3. Guide to work health and safety incident notification

WorkCover NSW's has issued a guide to Work health and safety incident notification which outlines the types of incidents that PCBUs must notify to WorkCover under the State Work Health and Safety Act. Under the new laws "PCBUs are only required to notify WorkCover of incidents that are serious and dangerous in nature rather than less serious incidents that result from minor incidents", the guide says.

A "serious" injury or illness is one that requires a person to have immediate treatment as an inpatient in a hospital, or have medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance. It also includes an infection that can be readily attributable to work, and illnesses connected to work with animals or animal products, such as anthrax or Hendra virus.

"Dangerous" incidents include the uncontrolled escape, spillage or leakage of a substance; an uncontrolled implosion, explosion or fire; the fall or release from a height of any person or thing; and the collapse or partial collapse of a structure.

The guide also includes a Q&A that addresses such issues as suicide and attempted suicide, bullying and incidents relating to contractors. http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/guide-whs-incident-notification-3621.pdf
NT WorkSafe has made available a number of resources, including video clips, from a recent presentation it held on harmonised work health and safety laws in the Northern Territory. http://www.worksafe.nt.gov.au/Legislation/New%20Work%20Health%20and%20Safety%20Laws/Pages/Information-Session-Video.aspx

Safe Work Australia has released three reports on chemical exposures and occupational skin diseases. National Hazard Exposure Worker Surveillance: Chemical exposure and the provision of chemical exposure control measures in Australian workplaces; http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/AboutSafeWorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/Publications/Documents/673/NHEWS%20Chemicals%20report.pdf
Occupational Contact Dermatitis: A review of 18 years of data from an occupational dermatology clinic in Australia; and http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/AboutSafeWorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/Publications/Documents/674/Occupational%20Contact%20Dermatitis.pdf  National Hazard Exposure Worker Surveillance: Exposure of hands and arms to wet work and the provision of wet work control measures in Australian workplaces. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/AboutSafeWorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/Publications/Documents/572/NHEWS_WetWork.pdf

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Ten Year OHS Strategy Released for Public Comment – Includes ‘Research and evaluation’

The 2012 to 2022 Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy aims to reduce work-related fatalities by 20 per cent, and to reduce serious-injury claims and body-stressing injuries by 30 per cent, by focusing on seven "national action areas":

  • Healthy and safe by design
  • Supply chains and networks
  • Work health and safety capabilities
  • Culture and leadership
  • Research and evaluation
  • Government
  • Responsive regulatory framework

Australian government research grants - "A nationally coordinated and cooperative approach is required to promote efficient use of Australia's limited research resources and to ensure that the whole of Australia is able to draw on available expertise and knowledge….Work health and safety needs to become a priority when awarding Australian government research grants." http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/AboutSafeWorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/PublicConsultation/Documents/Draft%20Australian%20WHS%20Strategy%202012-2022/Draft%20Australian%20Work%20Health%20and%20Safety%20Strategy%202012-2022.PDF

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Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) - Management of Potential Health and Safety Risks

The CSIRO-produced report is aimed at individuals conducting a business or undertaking manufacturing CNTs, working with CNTs or products containing CNTs, workers in those organisations, occupational hygienists, work health and safety inspectors, health and safety representatives and other stakeholders. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/AboutSafeWorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/Publications/Documents/664/Safe%20Handling%20and%20Use%20of%20Carbon%20Nanotubes.pdf

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Emergency Contact Details

Does the University know who to contact on your behalf in case of an emergency? Please take the time to review or if necessary register your emergency contact details via the Employee Self Service (ESS). Help in using the ESS is available at http://www.hr.uwa.edu.au/hr/us/applications/employee_self_service/help

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In Case of an Emergency (ICE)

A common practice is to store the word " I C E " in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency". In an emergency situation ambulance, hospital staff or Police may then be able to quickly find out who your emergency contacts and be able to contact them. For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday 7th February 2012. The next meeting is on Tuesday 17th April 2012. Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety and Health website. http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/people/committees/safety

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Previous Safety & 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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