Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Safety topics

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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The University is committed to promoting and implementing the highest practicable standard of occupational health and safety to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, industry standards and best practices for the categories of work, research and training conducted at or under the auspices of the University.

Biological safety
Biological hazards can pose the potential risk of contracting infectious diseases. When working with biological agents knowledge of appropriate safety protocols and procedures is essential.
Chemical safety
Many commonly used chemicals have the potential to affect people's health and cause damage to property or the environment. When working with chemicals and scientific equipment, knowledge of appropriate safety protocols and procedures is essential.
Contractor safety
It is essential that contractors receive adequate information, instruction, training and supervision, and that high standards of communication and consultation are maintained to reduce the risk of personal injury and other potential losses.
Electrical safety
The risks to safety from electricity generally arise from the supply (installation) and use of electrical plant and equipment and in the design, manufacture and testing of electrical items.
Laboratory safety
People who work in laboratories are required to be suitably trained, informed, instructed and supervised, and are to ensure that equipment used is fit for purpose, maintained, inspected and used in accordance with recommended requirements.
Off-campus activities
Participants in off-campus activities are also required to be suitably informed, instructed, supervised and monitored so that assistance can be provided in the event of an unplanned incident.
Physical safety
Compliance with legislation, industry standards and best practices can be achieved by providing and maintaining safe workplaces, plant and systems of work as well as adopting a risk management approach that is consistent with the nature of tasks and activities.
Plant and equipment safety
The procedures outlined in this section provide the minimum requirements for all plant and equipment activities undertaken by employees and contractors, and shall be followed by managers, staff, visitors, students and contractors of the University.
Radiation safety
All people who work with radiation sources are required to be suitably trained, informed, instructed and supervised, and are to ensure that equipment used is fit for purpose, maintained, inspected and used in accordance with recommended requirements.
Waste management safety
The disposal of potentially hazardous wastes (animal, asbestos, biological, chemical, radioactive materials) needs to be strictly managed and to high standards to ensure socially responsible, environmental and legislative compliance requirements are met.

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