Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter March 2019

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. Professional Staff Satisfaction Survey Feedback
  3. New Health and Safety Representatives
  4. Chemical Corner - None shall pass!
  5. Staff Movements
  6. University Safety Committee
  7. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  8. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training

  • Online Safety Induction
    It is required for all staff to complete the Online Safety Induction every 3 years so if you are getting close, log into ELMO and tick it off before you get reminders in your inbox.
    https://uwa.lms.elmolms.com/
    Also available at the above link are courses on Bullying in the Workplace and Sexual Harassment Awareness.

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Professional Staff Satisfaction Survey Feedback

Recent feedback from the staff satisfaction survey revealed some key themes, summarised below:

  • Information on the intranet requires updating
  • Increased clarity required around HSE roles and responsibilities and overall strategic plan
  • Increased communication required around wellbeing initiatives
  • Varying levels of service experienced

We appreciate the feedback and are committed to working with the information provided to improve the Health, Safety and Wellbeing experience of all staff. If at any time you would like to provide further direct feedback, please email safety@uwa.edu.au

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New Health and Safety Representatives

The annual call for nominations for Health and Safety Representatives has produced six new nominations, two from the Guild - Irene Conway and Kelvin Lee, two from Engineering, ECM-UWA Soils Laboratory - Behnaz Abdollahzadeh and Faculty Admin, Maths Link - Aimee Daley, Emma Barber from Harry Perkins and one from Graduate Research School - Sudarsan Krishnaswamy. All six nominations have been accepted.

Twenty three expired Safety and Health Representatives have nominate to continue in the role.

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Chemical Corner - None shall pass!

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Stop! Who would enter the laboratory must answer me these questions three, ‘ere the other side he (or she) see!

  1. What is your complete chemical inventory?
  2. What PPE should you be wearing?
  3. What is the preferred chemical waste disposal plan for unwanted reagents?

(Bonus Question – What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?)

Failure to answer results in:

  • An automatic failure of the laboratory inspection
  • Being cast into the gorge of eternal peril….

You have to know these things when you’re a king scientist.

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Staff Movements

Safety welcomed two new staff members replacing Kirrily Robson and David Thatcher while they are on leave.

Dan Anderson as Consultant Injury Management

Megan Smart as Safety and Health Adviser

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University Safety Committee

The next Meeting is scheduled for 2nd May 2019.
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 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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