Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter May 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 - Online Registrations Required
  2. Health and Safety Objectives and Targets 2017
  3. Traffic Light System Collated Responses and Reporting Summary (Jul - Dec 2016)
  4. Evacuation procedure and diagram essentials - Fact Sheet
  5. Which Leader Do I Follow?
  6. University Medical Centre Flu Clinics
  7. Chemical Corner
  8. Coming Soon: Wellbeing eNews
  9. Safety, Health and Wellbeing Needs Your Help
  10. University Safety Committee
  11. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2017 - Online Registrations Required

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Health and Safety Objectives and Targets 2017

The Health and Safety Objectives and Targets program is intended to drive improved work health and safety understanding, compliance, and engagement, as well as monitor safety performance and identify areas for improvement. Quarter 1, 2017 reports have been distributed to the 9 UWA Divisions (Offices, Faculties and Corporate Services). Overall a continued positive trend with the Health and Safety Objectives and Targets is being demonstrated across the University with:

  • Senior Management completions of the Online Due Diligence of 44% and WHS for Managers and Supervisors courses of 49%.
  • Managers and Supervisors completions of the WHS for Managers and Supervisors course of 29%
  • New staff completions of the Online Health and Safety Induction within 2 weeks of commencement of 57%
  • Existing staff (excluding casuals) completions of the Online Health and Safety Induction of 58%
  • Initial incident reporting within 1 working day of 46%
  • Completion of incident investigations within 5 working days of 43%.

Key actions work areas can do order to achieve the objectives and targets include:

  • Ensure all incidents, hazards and near misses are reported within the required time (one day) and recommended actions implemented in a timely manner
  • Require all staff complete the Online Health and Safety Induction - New staff are required to have completed this within 2 weeks of commencement
  • Require all managers and supervisors to attend the Work Health and Safety for Managers & Supervisors course - Note that we able to conduct dedicated workshop sessions (1/2 day) in your work area
  • For Executives and senior managers - complete the Online Due Diligence course
  • For Executives and senior managers – complete and record your health and safety related activities

For information on the Health and Safety Objectives and Targets program.
http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/monitoring/objectives-and-targets
 

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Traffic Light System Collated Responses and Reporting Summary (Jul - Dec 2016)

55 Reports were collected from 66 work areas for the July to December 2016 reporting period. The mean average for all reporting areas is 3.2 (compared with 3.1 for the previous reporting period) with 91% of all scores 3 or 4 (compared with 88% for the previous reporting period).

The next round of reporting will be in accordance with the new University Structure and will cover the Jan-Jun 2017 period with calls for submissions being made in August 2017.

The Traffic Light System documents are available (Pheme log in required) at: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/monitoring/monitoring-process-results  
Traffic Light System information and procedure is available at: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/monitoring/traffic-light  

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Evacuation procedure and diagram essentials - Fact Sheet

WorkSafe WA recently released a fact sheet which offers essential information to assist employers in meeting their obligations under the OSH legislation.
http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/publications/evacuation-procedure-and-diagram-essentials-fact-sheet  

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Which Leader Do I Follow

Sometimes when an emergency arises one of the potential issues is who is in charge of the evacuation or response? Section 5.4 of AS:3745 Planning for emergencies in facilities states:

5.4 AUTHORITY

During emergencies, instructions given by the emergency control organization (ECO) personnel shall take precedence over the normal management structure.

NOTES:

  • 1 Nothing in this clause is intended to over-ride or change the legislative responsibility of the facility owners, managers, occupiers and employers in ensuring the safety of all occupants and visitors to the facility.
  • 2 Authority given to the ECO to act during an Emergency must be acknowledged by the facility owners, managers, occupiers and employers as part of the Emergency planning activities.
  • 3 The EPC should ensure that the appropriate people, such as senior management, have been advised of the authority of the ECO during emergencies.
  • 4 This authority is intended to ensure that, during an emergency situation, life safety takes precedence over asset protection, environmental considerations, production operations and business continuity.

For UWA the ECO in most immediate emergency situations will consist of the Building Warden, Area Wardens and First Aid Officer (or First Aid trained personnel) with assistance from Security.

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University Medical Centre Flu Clinics

Vaccination against influenza is available and the ideal time to get vaccinated is well before the winter season starts.

If you wish to be vaccinated at the UWA Medical Centre:

  1. Ring to make an appointment on 6488 2118 or book online http://www.student.uwa.edu.au/life/health/medical-centre
  2. Bring your Medicare card (staff will be bulk billed for this service) and $20 cash to cover the cost of the vaccine.

For more information on the flu and vaccine visit the Department of Health website.
http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-influenza  

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Chemical Corner

Hello there. I’ll be your emergency – when’s a good time for me to drop in?
Never?
I’ll be right over!

In chemical safety we are resigned to being annoying.

We have two flavours of annoying. The ‘but nothing happened so it was all a big overreaction’. This is our favourite annoying flavour because it means we’re doing our job well. When everyone thinks we’re a bloody nuisance then we take comfort in the fact that everyone’s going home healthy.

I’ve got a couple of people who still glare at me for ‘annoying them’ years ago….bless them.

Annoying flavour number two is when we have to work out where that lab, building, or worse; person(s) disappeared to. This is our less preferred flavour of annoying as it is after the fact, when an inspection wasn’t undertaken, when a register wasn’t kept or when as some claim, an accident occurred. However, we never use that term, because in the words of the great policeman Nicholas Angel: “Accident implies there is nobody to blame.” We hope we don’t have cause to serve this dish.

Last Friday morning I was pleased to serve the first flavour of annoying. I had company. The police, the bomb response unit, FESA, three paramedics, a critical incident response van and a whole slew of senior chemists from the ChemCentre decided to join me in overreacting. But at the end of the day everyone went home healthy.

So when I say “do you know, REALLY know what’s in your lab and what it might do?” and you think I’m just being annoying, just remember the other flavour on the menu is a lot less palatable.

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Coming Soon: 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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Safety, Health and Wellbeing Needs Your Help

Due to the restructure we need your assistance with our details on the following web pages:

Building and Area Wardens http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/wardens
Safety and Health Representatives http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives
School Safety Officers http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-officers
First Aid Officers http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/officers
Laser Safety Officers http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/laser-safety-officers
School Radiation Safety Officers http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/school-radiation-safety-officers

Please send updates to safety@uwa.edu.au

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 11th April 2017. The next meeting is on Tuesday 13th June 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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