Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter April 2016

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 2016
  2. Health and Safety Objectives and Targets 2016
  3. Traffic Light System Collated Responses and Reporting Summary (Jul-Dec 2015)
  4. BBQ's - LPG Gas - New Webpage
  5. 4WD and Driving in Remote Locations - Updated Information
  6. University Medical Centre Flu Clinics
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2016

  • Work Health and Safety for Managers and Supervisors course, new format with one half day workshop (NOTE - ONLINE COMPONENTS ARE REQUIRED TO BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO ATTENDANCE). Centrally organised workshops in 2016 are scheduled for: Thursday 21st July and Tuesday 8th November 2016. Local Workplace organised workshops can be arranged with Safety, Health and Wellbeing. For information on workshops go to this webpage:,-health-and-safety-for-managers-and-supervisors-course
  • UWA Electrical Worker’s Permit Training – June 2016
    The training required to become eligible to apply for the permit consists of 3 courses:
  1. Plug and Socket Course from College of Electrical Training (CET) at Business Unit cost
  2. PAT testing Course from CET at Business Unit cost, followed by
  3. UWA In-House Electrical Training Course paid for by Safety, Health & Wellbeing.

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Health and Safety Objectives and Targets 2016

The Health and Safety Objectives and Targets program is intended to drive improved work health and safety understanding, compliance, and engagement, as well as monitor safety performance and identify areas for improvement. It will also assist UWA in achieving public sector agencies' reporting obligations. The main changes to the 2016 from the 2015 targets include:

  • Standardising the Leading Indicators targets at 80% to improve practicality of achieving targets
  • Additional reporting on Senior Management completions of the WHS Managers and Supervisors course with 80% completion target

Key actions work areas can do order to achieve the objectives and targets include:

  • Ensure all incidents, hazards and near misses are reported within the required time (one day) and recommended actions implemented in a timely manner
  • Require all staff complete the Online Health and Safety Induction - New staff are required to have completed this within 2 weeks of commencement
  • Require all managers and supervisors to attend the Work Health and Safety for Managers & Supervisors course - Note that in addition to regular scheduled courses, dedicated workshop sessions (1/2 day) can be arranged for work areas
  • For Executives and senior management - complete the Online Due Diligence course

For information on the Health and Safety Objectives and Targets 2016 program.  

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Traffic Light System Collated Responses and Reporting Summary (Jul - Dec 2015)

Reports were collected from 66 work areas for the July to December 2015 reporting period. The mean average for all reporting areas is 3.3 (compared with 2.9 for the previous reporting period) with 79% of all scores 3 or 4 (compared with 75% for the previous reporting period). Forty (40) reporting areas (60%) were represented by active health and safety committees during 2015 compared with 52% coverage in 2014 and 37% coverage in 2013. The next reporting period will be for January to June 2016 with calls for submissions being made in August 2016.

The Traffic Light System documents are available (Pheme log in required) at:  
Traffic Light System information and procedure is available at:

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BBQ's - LPG Gas - New Webpage

Gas barbecues and associated connections are regularly responsible for fires, injuries and damage to property. Most fires involving barbeques are due to leaking gas bottles, faulty connections or a build-up of grease and fat. It is important to make sure that the barbeque is serviced and maintained correctly and that the condition of all hoses and connections are checked before each use. The barbeque should be clean before use.

A new webpage has been developed with important guidance and procedures regarding the use of LPG gas BBQs on campus. The web page has three components:

  • General information and video for users of BBQs
  • A Standard Operating Procedure for use of BBQs
  • Detailed information including purchasing, ventilation, transport, and disposal

The University Safety Committee has endorsed that groups wanting to use BBQs must have a nominated person who is responsible to ensure the procedure outlined is followed. Regular workplace inspections should include BBQs.    

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4WD and Driving in Remote Locations - Updated Information

Clarification of minimum 4WD Off Road training requirements has been included on web pages covering driving in remote locations and 4WD training. For 4WD use off road the Nationally Recognised Training one day course Off Road 4WD (RIIVEH305D & TLIC2025A) is required as a minimum. This training can be supplemented with the specific requirements of the Schools.

The hazards and training requirements for those who undertake driving on gravel roads needs to be considered in the planning of travel and fieldtrips.

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University Medical Centre Flu Clinics

The UWA Medical Centre is providing flu vaccinations up to the 6 May 2016.
If you wish to be vaccinated at the UWA Medical Centre:

  1. Ring to make an appointment on 6488 2118 or book online
  2. Bring your Medicare card (staff will be bulk billed for this service) and $20 cash to cover the cost of the vaccine.

For more information on the flu and vaccine visit the Department of Health website.  

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 12th April 2016. The next meeting is on Tuesday 14th June 2016. Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website.

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Previous Safety, Health and Wellbeing 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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