Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter April 2014

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 2014
  2. WA Introducing Work Health and Safety Bills
  3. Heart Week
  4. Sudden Cardiac Arrest / AED Awareness Talk During Heart Week
  5. Join our new Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Challenge yourself to 10K a day!
  6. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - Change of Name of Service Provider
  7. University Safety Committee Annual Report 2013 - now available
  8. Traffic Light Reporting H2, 2013
  9. UWA Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy - Review
  10. Chemical Corner
  11. University Safety Committee
  12. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2014

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WA Introducing Work Health and Safety Bills

Western Australia is expected to introduce model WHS Bills for general industry and for the resources sector by September. According to the Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP's) new ministerial advisory panel, the State Government plans to introduce a mirror WHS Bill (to be regulated by WorkSafe WA) and the Work Health and Safety (Resources) Bill to Parliament in the spring session, and pass them by the end of the year.

The panel, in a report from its latest meeting, says the Bills will be "95 per cent compliant" with the model legislation developed by Safe Work Australia and under the National Mine Safety Framework. The Western Australian Government remains committed to its decision to exclude:

  • Model provisions on union right of entry
  • Capacity of Health and Safety Representatives to direct work to cease
  • Reverse onus of proof in discrimination matters
  • Penalty levels

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Heart Week

Heart Week 2014 will commence on the 4th of May. Each year, almost 10,000 Australians die of a heart attack, and more than 1million Australians aged 30-65 are at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke — but they may not even know they’re at risk. The Heart Foundation will be urging all Australians to learn the warning signs of a heart attack and reduce their risk of having one. There is a kit available from the Heart Foundation website to use to in workplaces to raise awareness.

Warning signs vary from person to person and they may not always be sudden or severe. Although chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom, some people will not experience chest pain at all. Symptoms may include pain, pressure, heaviness or tightness in one or more parts of the upper body including chest, neck, jaw, arm(s), shoulder(s) or back in combination with other symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness or a cold sweat.

If you experience the warning signs of heart attack for 10 minutes, or if they are severe or get progressively worse, call Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for an ambulance. The emergency number at UWA is 6488 2222.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest / AED Awareness Talk During Heart Week

All staff are invited to a talk on Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and the role of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillators (AED). This is to raise awareness of the incidence, signs and symptoms, appropriate techniques and responses, and emergency assistance should you encounter a SCA. The talk will be delivered by St Johns and UWA Safety and Health.

Topics to be covered:

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest - What is it?
  • Defibrillation
  • First Responder System - Saving Lives
  • Demonstration with AED
  • UWA experience and emergency procedures
  • Question and Answer

Date: Tuesday 6th of May
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Location: Woolnough LT, Geography and Geology
Further information: Rebecca Joel [email protected]

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Join our new Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Challenge yourself to 10K a day!

Many of us aren’t as active as we may like, and by now we know the benefits of sitting less and moving more, so it's time to get those intentions into action. If you’re looking for some extra motivation, consider joining this year’s Global Corporate Challenge at UWA. The Challenge, starting May 28, encourages us to get at least 10,000 steps each day, as recommended for good health.

Our new Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dawn Freshwater is getting involved, along with Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Alec Cameron and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) Iain Watt, showing some great healthy leadership!

Join a UWA team for GCC 2014 and UWA will pick up half the cost! Just get together six colleagues and register your team to walk (run, swim or cycle) together towards better health. Find out more here.

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - Change of Name of Service Provider

The UWA EAP has two service providers, UWA Counselling and Psychological Services and PPC. This service provides free, confidential and professional assistance to employees – and other people whose care is the responsibility of the employee. From the 1st April, PPC will change its name to Optum.
More information about the service can be found at  and on the Optum web site

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University Safety Committee Annual Report 2013 - now available

The University Safety Committee Annual Report 2013 is now available. The report provides information on

  • Incidents and injuries – by work area, types, trends, current and proposed reduction strategies.
  • Employee assistance program – external and internal providers, usage.
  • New and revised policies, procedures and guidelines – for implementation (as appropriate).
  • USC related business – items referred and actions taken.
  • Safety related training, minor works funding and internal audit program.
  • Safety Awards – acknowledging safety and health initiatives, successful implementation of processes and outstanding service by groups and individuals.
  • National OHS Harmonisation


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Traffic Light Reporting H2, 2013

This report reviews outcomes of the six monthly work health and safety Traffic Light System reporting by senior managers July to December 2013. It also reviews the annual reports for 2013, submitted by workplace health and safety committees. The systems of working, including structures, resources, processes, procedures and guidance, which constitute the UWA Safe System of Work are designed to assist the University in achieving compliance with current legislation and expected future changes.

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UWA Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy - Review

The revision of the UWA Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy has been completed, approved and is available at:

Links to relevant legislation, University policies, guidance and other related external information is provided at:

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Chemical Corner

There are over a 2000 ChemAlert sites across the university and of these two areas have up to date holdings. These are sections of Facilities Management and the laboratories on the 1st floor of the Zoology building. An up to date chemicals manifest is a legal requirement and is essential in the event of an accident or if your building/area is compromised. ChemAlert can be used to produce accurate holdings reports, batch printing of all M/SDS and storage incompatibilities but the holdings must be updated annually. Well done Facilities Management and Zoology.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 8th April 2014. The next meeting is on Tuesday 10th June 2014. Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website.

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Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

For those who have missed out on our earlier editions, copies of previous newsletters can be obtained from the following web site: . All are encouraged to distribute relevant safety information in your workplaces.

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