Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Physical safety

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

Health events in Western Australia

The What's On In Health? online calendar, from the Department of Health provides a month-by-month guide to health events and initiatives in Western Australia.

Physical safety involves work environments, equipment and practices which may expose participants to potential hazards.

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.

After-hours working
There are special risks associated with working in isolation from other persons because of time, location or nature of work. This is due to the lack of immediate assistance in the event of an accident or sudden illness. This guidance particularly applies to employees and students whilst performing after hours work on University premises.
Working alone
There are special risks associated with working in isolation from other persons because of time, location or nature of work. This is due to the lack of immediate assistance in the event of an accident or sudden illness. This guidance particularly applies to employees and students whilst performing after hours work on University premises.
Thermal comfort
It is the responsibility of Schools to assess and take appropriate action when there is potential for thermal discomfort. Problems should be anticipated and appropriate action taken before injury or illness occurs.
Injury management
The University undertakes injury management with employees following a compensable work-related injury, illness or disease or non-compensable injury, illness or disease.
Ergonomics
Ergonomics is the design of the working environment, to ensure the best use of an individual's capabilities. Training in ergonomics, computer workstation assessment and manual handling can be provided.
Personal protective equipment
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is clothing and equipment worn by employees, students, contractors or visitors to protect or shield their bodies from workplace hazards.
Driver safety
Schools/sections must ensure that their staff, students and others driving their vehicles or operating vehicles on their behalf are competent to handle such vehicles. Vehicles must be selected and used only for the purposes intended.
Pregnancy
The University recognises that for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, precautions in addition to normal safe work procedures and practices may be required.
Manual handling
Manual handling of objects and people occurs in all workplaces and is one of the most costly and most common causes of injury.
Work environment, plant and equipment - inspection, testing and monitoring
UWA operates under a set of guidelines that cover inspections, testing and monitoring requirements covered under occupational health and safety and other relevant legislation and standards for all UWA facilities.
Handling of mail and packages
It is appropriate that people handling mail remain vigilant and cautious, but it should be remembered that most reports of suspicious packages are false alarms.

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