Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Newsletter September 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.

Further Information

  • UWA Smoke Free
  • Become a first aid officer
  1. Safety Related Training 2012
  2. New UWA Work Health and Safety Policy Poster
  3. UWA Safety Awards 2012 - Nominations Now Closed
  4. Mental Health Week (7-13 October)
  5. Model Work Health and Safety Regulations - Public Consultation Period
  6. WorkSafe Safety and Health Workshops
  7. WorkSafe Podcasts
  8. ChemAlert online training
  9. Recycling Chemicals
  10. Waste Recycling on Campus
  11. Hazard Alert - Track Lighting
  12. Pallet Racking and Equipment to Access Stock
  13. University Safety Committee
  14. Health and Wellbeing eNewsletters
  15. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2012

  • Mental Health First Aid training is being offered by OSDS in a number of sessions this year for UWA employees who wish to have a better understanding of mental disorders, and wanting to learn how to recognise and provide support to others who may be experiencing mental health problems. The course is particularly recommended for managers and supervisors. For more information go to http://www.osds.uwa.edu.au/about/workshop.asp?workshop_id=721
  • Occupational Safety and Health training for Managers and Supervisors on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of October (2 x ½ days, 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm each day). Enrol via OSDS. http://www.osds.uwa.edu.au/about/workshop.asp?workshop_id=566

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New UWA Health and Safety Policy Poster

The new UWA Work Health and Safety Policy poster has been distributed. These should be used to replace the old policy (2005) on prominent noticeboards. Copies can be obtained by contacting Safety and Health on 6488 3938.

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UWA Safety Awards 2012

The awards will be presented on the 18th of October. For further information: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/news/annual-safety-awards

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Mental Health Week (7-13 October)

Mental Health Week is coming up and is an opportune time to think about your mental wellbeing, both on and off campus. What can you do to improve your own mental health as well as that of those around you? Check out the events happening on campus in this week. http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/well-being/whats-on-offer/mental-health

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Model Work Health and Safety Regulations - Public Consultation Period

The State Government is keen to get your views before adopting the new harmonised laws. An Information and Issues Paper has been prepared highlighting differences between Western Australia’s current occupational safety and health regulations and the new national model Work Health and Safety Regulations. You may also be aware of other differences besides those identified in the Information and Issues paper. This is a very important phase and WorkSafe encourages everyone to examine the Information and Issues Paper available from Marsden Jacob Associates the consultants engaged to facilitate the public consultation process. http://www.marsdenjacob.com.au/cms/index.php

WorkSafe WA has identified 13 areas where the adoption of the model WHS regulations would result in changes to work practices and so may result in benefits and/or costs. These relate to:,

  • Asbestos
  • Construction projects
  • Diving work
  • Fall prevention
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • High Risk Work Licences
  • Incident notification
  • Lead risk work
  • Noise
  • Personal Protection Equipment
  • Plant
  • Spray painting
  • Thermal comfort

Safety and Health are holding meetings on these areas in the week beginning Monday the 1st of October. Please contact Safety and Health for more information.

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WorkSafe Safety and Health Workshops

As part of Safe Work October Week, WorkSafe has gathered together presenters with expertise and hands-on experience in OSH management, development and training. The topics cover the key issues for improving and maintaining an OSH safety culture and helping injured employees return to work. Workshops:

  • Risk assessments - How to assess safety and health risks and why it matters.
  • Safety Conversations - Talking about safety and making it work
  • Safety leadership - Taking the lead in safety to make a difference
  • OSH management systems - Is yours working?
  • Safety engagement - Getting your workplace involved in OSH

9-30 October 2012, Technology Park, 1 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley Register: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/PDF/Events_and_activitie/Registration.pdf

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WorkSafe Podcasts

WorkSafe WA has made available podcasts covering the following subjects:

  • Investigations
  • Stress
  • Conflict
  • Working safely in the sun – UV radiation
  • New work health and safety laws
  • Keeping it quiet at work
  • An unguarded moment can ruin your day - safeguarding of machinery and plant – Parts 1 & 2
  • It's no fun: managing drugs and alcohol at work
  • Traffic management

The link is http://www.safetyline.wa.gov.au/resources/podcasts.html

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ChemAlert online training

The ChemAlert online training unit is now easily available to all UWA staff and students with Pheme access via a self-enrolment process.

The unit can be used as a training tool for staff and students who are new to ChemAlert, as well as acting as a resource for more experienced users. Included in the training are a number of tutorials on various aspects of ChemAlert, user interactive components and self-assessment tests to help users become familiar and comfortable with the ChemAlert database.

For details of the training and the self-enrolment process, go to http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/chemalert-online-training

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Recycling Chemicals

Chemicals that are no longer needed by a particular area could be of use elsewhere in the University. Staff with surplus or unwanted chemicals are reminded of the recycling option available on the Safety and Health website. Chemicals will be listed on the website for three months and contact can be made with the person listed about acquiring the chemical of interest. For details about the recycling of chemicals at UWA go to http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/chemical/surplus

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Waste Recycling on Campus

UWA is committed to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and recycling as much as possible. For information on the campus recycling programs contact the UWA Sustainable Development Projects Team at the following website: http://www.sd.fm.uwa.edu.au/programs/recycling

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Hazard Alert – Track Lighting

A student hanging art work from a light fitting to an energised adjustable lighting track, with metal rods, received an electric shock. The hazard of 240 volt energised light tracking was not foreseen as these components are ordinarily difficult to access. The metal rod was not only an effective conductor, but was also shaped with a pointed hook which could reach the energised track. Lighting of any description is not suitable for the hanging of art works and displays. For more information go to the following link: http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/news/hazard-alerts#19  

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Pallet Racking and Equipment to Access Stock

WorkSafe Victoria has released a guidance note on pallet racking operation and maintenance, and urged employers to consult its health and safety solution on using equipment to access stock, after a worker was seriously injured when pallet racking fell on him. http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/24187/guidance_pallet-racking-operationVs5.pdf  http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/3888/Using_equipment_to_access_stock_FINAL_232.pdf  

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday 14th August 2012. The next meeting is on Tuesday 9th October 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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Health and Wellbeing eNewsletter

Sign up to the monthly Wellbeing@UWA  e-newsletter to stay up to date on health and wellbeing initiatives available to UWA staff and receive useful tips and information on how to look after your health and wellbeing on and off campus. To subscribe simply send an email with the subject line ‘subscribe’ to wellbeing@uwa.edu.au

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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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