Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter May 2018

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
  2. University Medical Centre Flu Clinics
  3. Thermal Comfort
  4. Chemical Corner - Waste!
  5. University Safety Committee
  6. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  7. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training

  • Work Health and Safety for Managers and Supervisors course (1/2 Day workshop).
    (NOTE - Online modules (5) must be completed prior to attendance).
    The next centrally organised workshop is on Wednesday 18th July 2018.
    Local Workplace organised workshops can be arranged with Safety, Health and Wellbeing. (Min 10 Participants)
    http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/work,-health-and-safety-for-managers-and-supervisors-course

  • Laboratory Safety Course
    Will be held on Monday the 23th July, in Tattersal Lecture Theatre. The course runs from 9 am until 4:45 pm with breaks for morning and afternoon teas (we provide tea, coffee and biscuits) and lunch (we don’t provide lunch). More information and enrolment: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/laboratory-safety  
    As this date is in O-week and parking may be difficult at UWA you are STRONGLY advised to use public transport if you don’t have a UWA parking permit.

  • Unsealed Radioisotope Handling Course
    (3 days) from 24th July 2018 in G25 Physics
    This is designed to provide participants with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable them to safely handle radioisotopes in a research environment. All new unsealed radioisotope users at UWA are required to have attended and passed this course within the first year of using radioisotopes, preferably before they start such work.
    The course satisfies the training requirements for a licence for unsealed radioactive substances (research) under the Radiation Safety Act 1975.
    http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/unsealed-radioisotope

  • Building and Area Warden Training
    Emergency evacuation drills will be in September. For warden training sign up at the links below, the training covers the procedures and methods for dealing with emergencies within your buildings as well as emerging issues within the field.

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University Medical Centre Flu Clinics

Vaccination against influenza is available and the ideal time to get vaccinated is before the winter season starts. If you wish to be vaccinated at the UWA Medical Centre ring to make an appointment on 6488 2118 or book online http://www.student.uwa.edu.au/life/health/medical-centre  

For more information on the flu and vaccine visit the Department of Health website. http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/F_I/flu-Influenza-vaccine  

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Thermal Comfort

As the seasons change, your office may feel warmer or cooler than it did before. Temperatures are well known to affect work efficiency so please let your supervisor know if you are suffering discomfort. More information can be found on the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website. http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/physical/thermal  

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Chemical Corner - Waste!

The first Chemical Waste Collection of 2018 approaches.

Take the opportunity to have a clear out – it’s a marvellous procrastination excuse.

“Thesis chapter?” “immediately after I manifest these for disposal”

“Staffing roster?” “just as soon as I’ve manifested these for disposal”

“Marking?” “when I’ve manifested these”

Who can challenge you? Look at you!

Reducing the chemical risks of your work area and saving innocent students from exposure to reagent waste. What a hero!

Please contact me for a manifesting form at laurton.mcgurk@uwa.edu.au

Completed forms must be returned to me by 5 pm of Friday June the 15th to be included in the July collection.

Bunding

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on 22nd May 2018. The next Meeting is to be advised.
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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