Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter December 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

  • UWA Smoke Free
  • Become a first aid officer
  1. Safety Related Training 2015
  2. Health and Safety Induction for New Staff
  3. UWA is Smoke Free - Reminder for Induction and Orientation
  4. Driver Safety Guidelines - Changes
  5. Looking for Healthy Gifts?
  6. Safety Seminar 2014
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2015

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Health and Safety Induction for New Staff

New staff are required to complete the online safety induction and a local workplace safety induction. Post-graduates, students, other workers and visitors may also be required to complete these inductions depending on their activities whilst on University premises. For existing staff whose training records already include a workplace safety induction record, completion of the online safety induction is recommended. Online induction and workplace specific safety inductions:

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UWA is Smoke Free - Reminder for Induction and Orientation

The University of Western Australia developed a smoke free policy to ban smoking from the 1st of January 2012. Smoking is prohibited in, or at, all of the University’s buildings, properties and workplaces. The full policy can be viewed at  A range of methods are available to communicate important information about the ban, such as signage, print resources, and enrolment and orientation activities The following resources are available:

  • UWA is Smoke Free flyer
  • UWA is Smoke Free flyer art work in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese and Korean.
  • Information card for smokers
  • Sample scripts for communication with someone breaching the smoke free policy
  • UWA is Smoke Free web stamp
  • Web UWA is Smoke Free URL:
  • Information for Managers and Supervisors
  • Portable signage

For more information visit the UWA Smoke Free 2012 webpage at

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Driver Safety Guidelines - Changes

Please note a recent change in UWA Driver Safety Guidelines (see link below) to the section on Driver responsibilities:

  • ‘they do not drive under conditions which could lead to fatigue such as overnight driving, if unwell and in particular no more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period
  • they take regular breaks at least every two hours to walk and have a stretch (note driving can be shared between multiple authorised drivers).’

This aligns UWA guidance with the Department of Transport’s ‘A handbook for Western Australian road users’:

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Looking for Healthy Gifts

Looking for Healthy Gifts? Gifts and rewards don’t always need to involve chocolate and wine. Small changes such as switching to non-food alternatives can make a big difference. Healthier Gifts & Rewards: Alternatives to Wine & Chocolate:

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Safety Seminar

The UWA Safety Seminar held on Tuesday 11th November 2014 highlighted the developments in OSH in WA. Ian Munns from Worksafe was a guest speaker and provided a power point presentation and Michael Rafferty from UWA Safety, Health and Wellbeing also spoke on WHS UWA Activities and Implications. For more information see

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 9th December 2014. The next meeting is on Tuesday 17th February 2015. 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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