Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Information for supervisors

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

The following information is useful for staff in supervisory roles.

General

Managing staff at the University of Western Australia

Guidelines for academic and general staff about management supervision, including sections on working with people and planning and organisation.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Policy

The EAP is a counselling resource to help UWA staff with any personal or work-related issues. All EAP consultations are confidential and can be held over the telephone or in person at the counselling offices. The EAP Policy provides information on services and procedures relating to the program.

UWA Safety and Health ergonomics policy

The UWA Safety and Health ergonomics policy which aims to prevent injuries associated with ergonomic hazards and optimise the design of the working environment to ensure the best use of an individual's capabilities.

WorkSafe - Government of Western Australia

The WorkSafe website addresses issues related to workplace safety and provides explanations of the laws and regulations in Western Australia and is a useful reference point for employers.

Related information

Chronic diseases and associated risk factors in Australia 2006

A report from AIHW indicates that Australian's are not doing enough to prevent chronic diseases.

The report highlights that:

  • more than 85 per cent of Australians aren't consuming enough vegetables
  • almost 50 per cent aren't eating enough fruit
  • about 54 per cent of adults are either overweight or obese
  • about 21 per cent of adults smoke tobacco.

Stress and psychological injury

The Australian Government Comcare Stress and Psychological Injury webpage provides information for managers and supervisors on the major causes of stress and psychological injury in the workplace, risk-management strategies, case studies, and a guide on how to implement a prevention program.

Staying Connected

Staying Connected is a half day program delivered in the workplace designed specifically to support fathers going through separations.

It provides practical ideas to improve personal wellbeing, coping and communication skills, and to help employees take control of their lives. Staff turnover, absenteeism, lost productivity and workplace accidents can all be linked to the experience of separation.

The program can benefit employers by increasing employee morale, loyalty and productivity, and reducing unscheduled leave and workplace accidents.