Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter August 2021

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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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Wednesday 14th July 2021. The next meeting is to be held on Thursday 7th October 2021.
Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website.  

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Four New Online Safety online modules now available on LMS

All UWA staff members have been designated a S&H Training module reflective of their role at UWA i.e. Staff member, Manager/Supervisor, Senior Leader e.g. Head of School, Executive, Director etc.
More information is on the following web page:  

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Safety Related Training

  • Building and Area Warden Training
    Emergency evacuation drills will be held in September. For warden training sign up at the links below, the training covers the procedures and methods for dealing with emergencies within your buildings as well as emerging issues within the field.

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Manager/Supervisor Risk Assessment Toolkit

A list of templates have been developed to assist all Managers/Supervisors and Staff across UWA in being able to consistently undertake risk assessment and investigations; and to document local safe systems of work.

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UWA S&H Risk Register

A new S&H Risk register has been developed to identify and control risks.
A local area risk register template is also available for population by all UWA Schools, Research Groups and Business Units.  

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Chemical Corner - If You Kept It - Its Yours! - Dr Laurton McGurk


Moving in day. New machines, that presumably will go PING when powered up,
stand half out of their shipping crates.Crisp snowy white lab coats hang from hooks.
Boxes of reagents stand ‘this way up’ next to glassware, scales, and weigh boats.
The owner of all this scientific splendour is not happy.
This is their lab.
Their new lab.
With someone else’s rubbish in it.
Red and white plastic bottles that expired two years ago; vials from the 90’s; tubs from the 80s’; stubby brown bottles from the 70’s; pasteboard boxes full of tinkling (unlabelled) glass test tubes holding off-white powders; a biscuit tin with little bottles where bickies once nestled; Winchesters of “WASTE”.
The former owner, when called to account, states: “oh, that stuff was there when I moved in.”
OK…. BUT….
That was a decade ago. (Ignoring the stuff that’s NOT that old.) You had your chance to object, but you didn’t.
These dangerous (or not), hazardous (or not) reagents became your problem and your responsibility when the new tenant said, ‘what is THIS detritus* doing in my lab’ and then did something about it. Ironically in labs, action can shift the responsibility to those who when confronted with the exact same issues did nothing.

*Chemical Corner’s readers may be shocked to know that stronger words are typically uttered at these moments; the most frequently encountered rhymes with aquatic poultry†.
†Chemical Corner suspects not (editors have such gentle sensibilities. ☹)

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UWA COVID-19 Posters and Templates

Useful posters and template below:

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Events at UWA

With activities on Campus returning to standard operations there are requests for how to run events in the current climate.

The latest version of the UWA Covid-19 Events Checklist:

Event notifications must be made at least 10 working days BEFORE the scheduled event to ensure they can be properly reviewed. Event Notification Form

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RiskWare - Online Hazard and Incident Reporting - Training

Training at your location is available by request - contact Alex Scholz

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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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