Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter May 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 Related Training 2012
  2. Western Australia Commits to OHS Harmonisation in State Budget
  3. UWA Safety and Health Online Induction
  4. University-wide Chemical Waste Collection Service
  5. Lags in Incident Reporting and the Consequences
  6. Ergonomic Chairs
  7. Z-rest Footrests
  8. Guides on Transitioning to New Chemical-Safety System and Preparing Chemicals Register Released
  9. Safety-Data-Sheet Guide Released
  10. Emergency eye-wash poster published
  11. Quad bike Safety for Young Riders
  12. Health and Wellbeing Events in June
  13. New wellbeing eNews
  14. University Safety Committee
  15. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2012

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Western Australia Commits to OHS Harmonisation in State Budget

Western Australia Commits to OHS Harmonisation in State Budget The Western Australian Government has, in its 2012/13 budget, indicated that it will introduce a mirror Work Health and Safety Bill to Parliament before the end of the year. The Western Australian Government has stated on a number of occasions that while it was committed to the principle of harmonisation, it was unlikely to adopt provisions of the model Work Health and Safety Act relating to penalties, union entry, reverse onus of proof in discrimination matters and an HSR's capacity to halt work.

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UWA Safety and Health Online Induction

Three new online Occupational Health and Safety Induction modules are now available for all staff. Current staff members are encouraged to complete the induction. New staff will be expected to have completed this induction in their first weeks of employment.

The induction comprises three modules which should take no more than 30 minutes each to complete. These modules provide essential health and safety information for staff and cover:

  1. OHS Introduction - This module covers why safety is important, employers' and employees' obligations, the legislative framework, Safety and Health representatives and Committees, hazard reporting, University policy, procedures and supporting information.
  2. Managing Occupational Risk - This module covers how to apply the principles of hazard management, how to manage occupational risks at the workplace, accident and incident investigation and workplace inspections; and
  3. Manual Tasks and Ergonomics - This module covers task handling injuries and their prevention, tasks handling techniques, basic principles of ergonomics, how to set up your desktop computer ergonomically (specific to your requirements) and musculoskeletal disorders and their prevention.

The induction is available in the UWA Learning Management System (Moodle), which can be accessed using your Pheme account login details. Completions of this training will be recorded within the UWA Human Resources Management System (Alesco). For further information, and to begin the induction please see: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/courses/online_safety_induction

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University-wide Chemical Waste Collection Service

UWA Safety and Health will be organising another University wide chemical waste collection service. This service is for areas that have hazardous chemicals that must not be disposed of to the environment, and will allow the call-out cost of disposal to be shared by a large number of areas. The next collection from the Crawley campus will be on the 20th July 2012. Collections from other campuses in the Perth Metro area may also be possible, although the collection date may be different depending upon the volume of waste to be collected from all campuses.

To be involved in this collection you should submit a manifest (by 29th June 2012) of chemicals to be disposed of. Further instructions are available at http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/about_chemical_safety/chemical_waste_collection. Please pass on this information to anyone else who you think might be interested in this service. If you have any queries, please contact Matt Carroll matthew.carroll@uwa.edu.au.

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Lags in Incident Reporting and the Consequences

As per University Policy, all incidents, injuries, hazards and near misses are required to be reported to your direct supervisor, immediately, and to Safety and Health within twenty-four (24) hours of the event occurring. The importance of reporting these events early is to assist in the investigation, elimination and prevention of future and further injuries. Also, failure to report on time often affects the outcome for workers’ compensation claims submitted to the University’s Insurer.

If you have any questions or queries in relation to completing the Confidential Incident/Injury Report Form or Needlestick/Sharps or Exposure to Bodily Fluid Form, do not hesitate to contact the Workers’ Compensation Officer on 6488 7931. The ‘Incident/Injury and Hazard Notification and Investigation Procedure’ can be found at the following webpage: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/policies/incidentinjury_and_hazard_notification_and_investigation_procedures

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Ergonomic Chairs

With many workers now spending the majority of their day seated at their desk in front of a computer, we are reminded of the importance of good ergonomic seating in the workplace.

Facilities Management provide a 50% subsidy on all ergonomic chairs prescribed by Ergonomics Advisors from Safety and Health. The subsidy only applies to UWA staff and post-graduate students with a designated office-space. The intent of the subsidy is to ensure that chairs supplied comply with ASNZS 4438:1997, are of good quality, and their need has been reviewed by the Ergonomics Advisors in Safety and Health.

If staff or post-graduate students would like a seating assessment and/or an ergonomic workstation assessment they should complete and submit the Ergonomic Assessment Request Form available on the S&H website. For more information about the Ergonomic Seating Subsidy, please contact Safety and Health on 6488 3938.

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Z-rest Footrests

The Z-rest footrest is Safety and Health’s recommended footrest. The footrest decreases pressure in the lower back area by positioning hips, knees and ankles at 90 degrees. Corporate Express has recently increased the price of the standard Z-rest footrest from $149 to $240 and we therefore recommend that future purchases are made directly through to Z-rest furniture http://www.zrest.com.au/. There is an online order form on their homepage.

Z-rest offer a special price for UWA only charging $135 + GST for the standard Z-rest with $8 delivery. Up to four z-rests can be delivered for $8, delivery for 4-8 footrests is $16 and so on. For more information about ordering footrests, please contact Safety and Health on 6488 3938. If you are unsure of whether you require a footrest, you can book an ergonomic assessment before placing an order for a Footrest through our website http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/forms/ergonomic_assessment.

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Guides on Transitioning to New Chemical-Safety System and Preparing Chemicals Register Released

Safe Work Australia has published a guide to help PCBUs transition to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals by December 2016, as required by the Work Health and Safety Act, and a fact sheet on preparing and managing a hazardous-chemicals register. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/AboutSafeWorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/Publications/Documents/682/Classification%20Hazardous%20Chemicals.pdf

Safe Work Australia has also released a fact sheet on preparing and managing a hazardous-chemicals register. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/AboutSafeWorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/Publications/Documents/683/Hazardous_Chemical_Register_factsheet.pdf

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Safety-Data-Sheet Guide Released

Safe Work Australia has published a new fact sheet to help employers understand safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals under the new work health and safety laws. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/AboutSafeWorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/Publications/Documents/684/Understanding_SDS_Fact_sheet.pdf

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Emergency eye-wash poster published

The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum has published a excellent poster outlining workplace emergency shower and eye-wash requirements. Such facilities must be positioned so that workers can reach them within 10 seconds of an incident. http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/documents/Pamphlets/MSH_Poster_EmergencyShowerAndEyewash.pdf

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Quad bike Safety for Young Riders

Workplace Safety and Health Queensland have developed information for young workers. Quad bikes can be deadly for children, teenagers and adults when used incorrectly. Rider inexperience and not wearing helmets have contributed to serious incidents. Young riders are requested to discuss quad bike safety with parents, employer and other riders to survive the ride. http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/resources/pdfs/quad-bikes-survive-the-ride.pdf

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Health and Wellbeing Events in June

  • Thursdays at 12.30-1.00pm: Weekly lunchtime walks. Meet at the University Club – grassed amphitheatre area
  • Wednesday June 6: 12.00-1.00pm: ‘Eat to boost your energy at work’ presentation and cooking demonstration (by Nutrition Australia). Ken and Julie Michael Building Atrium area. Registration required by 4 June to wellbeing@uwa.edu.au.
  • Wednesday June 13: 12-12.30pm: Weight Watchers at Work information session. Looking for help to lose some weight? Come along to hear about the 13-week Weight Watchers at Work program at a no obligation information session. No need to RSVP. Webb Lecture Theatre, Geography building.

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New wellbeing eNews

If you’re interested in information on wellbeing related initiatives on campus as well as healthy lifestyle information and tips, you might like to sign up for the new ‘Wellbeing@UWA eNews’. To subscribe, just email wellbeing@uwa.edu.au with the title ‘Subscribe’.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday 17th April 2012. The next meeting is on Tuesday 12th June 2012. Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety and Health website. http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/people/committees/safety 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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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: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/newsletter. All are encouraged to distribute relevant safety information in your workplaces.

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