Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter April 2020

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

  • UWA Smoke Free
  • Become a first aid officer
  1. Safety Related Training
  2. RiskWare - Online Hazard and Incident Reporting - Training
  3. Chemical Corner - Shutting Down Safely
  4. Driver Safety - During Covid-19 Pandemic
  5. Off Campus Activity Guidance and FAQ's during COVID issue and WA Government Regional Lockdowns
  6. Staff Movements - Safety Team working from home
  7. HMS Safety SharePoint site
  8. University Safety Committee
  9. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training

  • Online Safety Induction
    It is required for all staff to complete the Online Safety Induction every 3 years so if you are getting close, log into ELMO and tick it off before you get reminders in your inbox.
    Also available at the above link are courses on Bullying in the Workplace and Sexual Harassment Awareness.

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RiskWare - Online Hazard and Incident Reporting - Training

Training at your location is available by request - contact David Thatcher

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Chemical Corner - shutting Down Safely


A few weeks ago I was at the beach enjoying sun, surf, seafood, and sculptures.
Now: Shops, gyms, libraries…. Shut. Cafes, lecture theatres, movie theatres…. Shut.
I’ve been humbled and touched by sacrifices and efforts of those around me.
Labs are donating space, reagents – people have given their Taq (their Taq!) to the health department, and they’ve donated PPE. 3D printers are tooling up to make ventilator parts.
Colleagues have been working long hours to get our people home, to get sanitiser and surface wipes out and to support to our staff, students, and communities.
Neighbours are asking ‘what do you need’ ‘are you OK?’ from an appropriate distance. Many of us are working from home to ‘flatten the curve’.
So.......If you haven’t done so already prep your lab for when you can’t be there. Make sure your contact lists are up to date and save them online where everyone can access them. Label everything properly. Walk around your lab and imagine that you won’t be there for a week, a month, two months. What needs to done to make the place safe for your absence, a possible shut down, and return?
Is that LN2 dewar still in the cool room – then move it. Can you decommission it? Are there flammables in your non-spark-proof fridge? Move them. Is non-essential equipment powered down? Have you backed up your data? Have you backed up the back up of your data?
You have excellent faculty safety officers if you need support. And I’m here (remotely but if needed I’ll come in.) Now go wash your hands!

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Driver Safety - During Covid-19 Pandemic

Please read the documents on this web page regarding Inter-Regional travel approvals and safety advice for use of vehicles during COVID 19:

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Off Campus Activity Guidance and FAQ's during COVID issue and WA Government Regional Lockdowns

For information on off campus activities including fieldwork during the pandemic the following web page has been updated:  

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Staff Movements - Safety Team working from home

The Safety Team are mainly working from home but we are still contactable via email and phone. Call 6488 3938 in the first instance or email [email protected]

Resumption of Activities COVID19 Checklist

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HMS Safety SharePoint site

Health and Medical Science Safety Team have a new SharePoint site.
Here is the link if you’d like to learn more:

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on 3rd December 2019. The next meeting TBA.
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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