Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter August 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.

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  1. Safety Related Training 2014
  2. UWA Safety Awards 2014
  3. WorkSafe WA Safety and Health Workshops 2014
  4. UWA Health and Safety Traffic Light Reporting (Submissions were due by 30th August)
  5. Model Work Health and Safety Legislation
  6. R U Ok Day coming up
  7. Staffing News
  8. University Safety Committee
  9. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2014

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UWA Safety Awards 2014

Nominations are invited for the following four UWA Safety Awards - Group (Faculty, School, Section, Affiliate), Individual, Safety Leadership (Individual) and Safety Recognition. All staff and safety committees are encouraged to promote these awards within their work areas and to seek suitable nominations. Nominations to Safety and Health close on Friday 26th September 2014. The awards will be presented on Thursday 30th October during Safe Work Australia Month, which has a theme of ‘Safety is a frame of mind’. For further information: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/news/annual-safety-awards

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WorkSafe WA Safety and Health Workshops 2014

WorkSafe WA is presenting a series of workshops as part of Safe Work October. These workshops are designed to benefit business owners, employers, managers, supervisors, safety and health representatives and OSH managers. They an opportunity to hear and learn from presenters with a wealth of industry experience and expertise, as well as gain useful tools, techniques and strategies to take back to your workplace. The workshops are popular and registrations close Friday 26th September 2014. Workshop topics include: Workplace bullying, Asbestos management, Evidence-based decision making in safety, Plant safety, Excellence in safety leadership, Core competencies for leading safety, Sustainable safety culture, Sprains and strains, Human and organisational factors in safety, Globally harmonised system (GHS) of chemical classification and labelling, Building resilience and Human and organisational factors in safety. To register and find out more about these workshops, please visit the WorkSafe website https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/safety-and-health-workshops-2014  https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/safe_work_october_2014_safety_and_health_workshops_0.pdf

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UWA Health and Safety Traffic Light Reporting (Submissions were due by 30th August)

The UWA Traffic Light Report for the 6 month period January to June 2014 are currently being collated. Whilst line management and health and safety personnel should be consulted in helping determine the scores, it is the senior manager (Head of School and higher) who should endorse and sign off on the submission from their work area. Safety, Health and Wellbeing is available to meet to advise and assist work areas in achieving good practice (and ideally best practice) work health and safety standards.

The collated responses and summary for previous reporting is available via the Traffic Light program webpage at: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/monitoring/traffic-light  or directly (Pheme log in required) at: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/monitoring/monitoring-process-results

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Model Work Health and Safety Legislation

The Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC, has announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill will be introduced into the current spring session of State Parliament. This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for public comment until the end of this year.

The Western Australian version of the model WHS bill will be based on the model WHS bill developed by Safe Work Australia for adoption by States and Territories to harmonise occupational safety and health legislation across Australia. When the Minister for Commerce made the announcement, he advised Parliament that the green bill will contain the core principles contained in the model WHS bill but will have some minor modifications to suit the Western Australian working environment.

At the time the model Work Health and Safety Regulations were developed a national Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was created by Safe Work Australia. An examination of that RIS showed that it did not contain adequate Western Australian specific content to demonstrate that there were sufficient benefits to be delivered by the model WHS Regulations to offset any costs that would be associated with the adoption of those laws. Consequently a Western Australian specific RIS process on the model WHS Regulations was undertaken by independent consulting firm Marsden Jacob Associates. The Western Australian RIS is available on WorkSafe’s website.

Minister for Commerce's brief Ministerial Statement https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/ministerial_statement_12-08-2014.pdf  

Regulation Impact Statement - Model Work Health and Safety Regulations and Codes of Practice in Western Australia https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/final_report-ris.pdf  

Companion report for the Regulation Impact Statement https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/final_report-companion.pdf  

Appendices - Regulation Impact Statement - Model Work Health and Safety Regulations and Codes of Practice in Western Australia https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/final_report-appendices.pdf  

There is no exact date yet for the introduction of the green bill into Parliament, however, it will be made available on the WorkSafe website as soon as it is released. WorkSafe will be providing an update on this process at the UWA Safety Seminar on Tuesday 11th November.

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R U Ok Day coming up

R U Ok Day is coming up on Thursday, September 11, reminding us of the importance of regularly and meaningfully checking in with friends, family and colleagues. Regular, face-to-face conversations can help us to build and maintain strong relationships. Take a minute to find out how to ask 'Are you ok?’.

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Staffing News

Sean Ashton has been seconded to the Office for Operational Excellence for Stage 2A of the Functional Review from 18th August to 28th November. During this time Ms Kirrily Robson is Acting Manager of Injury Management and Wellbeing.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 12th August 2014. The next meeting is on Tuesday 14th October 2014. Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website. https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/people/committees/safety

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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: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/newsletter . All are encouraged to distribute relevant safety information in your workplaces.

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