Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter December 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

  • UWA Smoke Free
  • Become a first aid officer
  1. Seasons Greetings
  2. Safety Related Training 2017
  3. New Staff and Staff Moving - Safety Considerations
  4. Mosquito Control
  5. Chemical Corner
  6. Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) Staffing News
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Seasons Greetings

The Safety, Health and Wellbeing team wish all staff, students and contractors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We thank those who have assisted Safety, Health and Wellbeing, and strived to make the University a safer and healthier place to work and study.

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Safety Related Training 2017

  • Work Health and Safety for Managers and Supervisors course. Online modules (5) must
    be completed prior to the one half day workshop. There is a centrally organised workshop scheduled for Tuesday 17th January 2017.
    Local Workplace organised workshops can be arranged with Safety, Health and Wellbeing.
    For information on workshops go to this webpage:
    https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/work,-health-and-safety-for-managers-and-supervisors-course

  • Yoga, Boxercise and Kayak
    January 17 – February 2 2017, Riley Oval and UWA Boatshed
    With the New Year fast approaching we are looking forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous year head. To help everyone start the year on the right foot UWA Safety, Health and Wellbeing together with UWA Sport are offering a series of free fitness sessions with a mix of land based and water activities for people to try. The sessions are based on the ‘Have a Go’ principle where you can book in for one to see if you like it, or book in for all 6.
    Exercise is known to have a positive impact not only on physical health but mental health. With a challenging year behind us this is a great opportunity to get outdoors and set in motion a positive health and wellbeing routine for 2017.

  • Mental Health First Aid (Blended Learning)
    Wednesday 25 January 2017. 9:30am-1:00pm. Love House, Seminar Room 1.
    Learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation. After successfully completing the online and practical components, participants receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years

  • Bupa Dietitian Consults
    Tuesday 31 January 2017. 9:30am-4:30pm. 55 Broadway, Ground Floor, Interview Room 2.
    Get on track for 2017 with a healthy eating plan form a Bupa Accredited Practising Dietician. This free 15 minute consultation includes a nutrition quiz to determine your main area of interest, one-to-one nutrition coaching and a nutrition plan to help achieve your health and lifestyle goals.

  • Laboratory Safety Course
    (1 day) on Monday 20th February 2017. 9:00 am – 4.45 pm.
    https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/laboratory-safety

  • Unsealed Radioisotope Handling Course
    (3 days) from Tuesday 21st February 2017.
    https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/courses/radioisotope

  • Stress Management
    Thursday 9 March 2017. 9:00am – 2:00pm. Love House, Seminar Room 1.
    This workshop involves a look at the causes of stress, the effects of on-going stress and effective stress management techniques. Emphasis is placed on learning healthier ways to manage and cope with stress. Learn to recognise the barriers to implementing relaxation strategies and enlist your strengths to approach stress with a renewed vigour.

  • Introduction to Mindfulness (3 Weeks)
    Wednesdays March 22 – April 5. 5:00pm-7:00pm. Faculty of Science Common Room.
    This 3-Week course is designed to give participants an introduction to both the theory and practice of mindfulness, assisting you to develop the key skills to embed mindfulness into your day-to-day activities. Sessions are interactive involving mindfulness meditation exercises (sitting and lying down), gentle stretching exercises, group discussions, and reflection on personal mindfulness practice.

  • Optum Employee Assistance Program
    Available over the Christmas & New Year break. Ph: 1300 361 008. Telephone, Face to Face and Online Counselling.

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New Staff and Staff Moving - Safety Considerations:

Health and Safety Inductions

Local Workplace Safety Induction

  • A Local Workplace Safety Induction pro-forma is a supplement to the online Health and Safety Induction which addresses specific
    health and safety aspects of the local workplace including:
    • Local rules
    • Information on first aid
    • Emergency equipment
    • Procedures
    • Introduction to management
    • Introduction to health and safety personnel

Office Relocation Procedure: Manual Task Risk Management
This document provides guidance for University managers to ensure they can adequately identify, assess and control risks associated with manual tasks when relocating workplaces. https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/physical/manual-handling/relocation-procedure-manual-task-risk-management

Laboratory Decommissioning Checklist - Project Cessation - Change Management
Laboratory Decommissioning Checklist assist areas to ensure that laboratories are left in a safe, uncontaminated and hazard free condition upon completion of projects or when decommissioned. Workers who subsequently use the laboratory must not be exposed to any residual physical, electrical, chemical, radioactive or biological risks. The checklist can be downloaded from: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/laboratory .

UWA is Smoke Free - Reminder for Induction and Orientation
The University of Western Australia introduced a smoke free policy (from 1st January 2012) which prohibits smoking in, or at, all University’s buildings, properties and workplaces. The full policy can be viewed at https://www.universitypolicies.uwa.edu.au/search?method=document&id=UP07%2F150  

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Mosquito Control

The grounds of the University and adjacent areas provide an environment supporting a diverse range of plants and animals including naturally occurring mosquitoes. High temperatures, rain and tidal variations can create favourable breeding conditions for mosquitoes, particularly on the Crawley campus. Safety, Health and Wellbeing website has information on mosquitoes with topics covering the following:

  • Ross River virus
  • UWA mosquito management
  • Other breeding sources
  • What can staff do
  • Research
  • Links to further information

For mosquito and other vermin issues staff should contact the Campus Management Job Controller, preferably by completing the online form: https://www.cm.uwa.edu.au/staff-services/forms/maintenance

Safety, Health and Wellbeing mosquito web page: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/health/Mosquitoes  

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Chemical Corner

Some time ago I was startled to realise I was now the mother of a beard! The chubby-cheeked dimpled imp that used to scamper about was gone. In his place was a lanky, ridiculously tall, and stylishly hirsute gentleman. Maternally confronting, domestically amusing, genetically interesting (like my Dad, his beard in ginger!) but not an issue for public comment (thankfully, he doesn’t read Chemical Corner.)
Unfortunately the fashion for facial furriness has professional implications if you need to wear respiratory protection. The seal of the respirator must, well, seal. This can’t happen with a luxuriant soup strainer, those ridiculous mutton chops or hipster extravaganza – it’s just not possible, each hair across the seal is a breach. Even the best fitting respirator will have some inward leakage of ambient atmosphere. With hairiness comes hazard. Gentlemen I hate to be the bearer of bad news but if you need to wear a full face or half face respirator you must shave, daily.

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Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) Staffing News

Mr Eddie Stoelwinder, Safety and Health Adviser will leave the University on 31st January 2017 after over 9 years of dedicated service. Eddie’s duties and achievements at UWA have included: Incident monitoring and investigations; Work health and safety (WHS) advice and assistance; Projects including the introduction of defibrillators, No Smoking, safety in procurement and BBQs on campus; Safety Network recruitment, coordination, training and development; Emergency and First Aid management – development and maintenance of plans, procedures and guidance, training delivery, coordinating and conducting practice exercises; and Training – including University wide WHS induction contents, hosting, access and reporting. Eddie also developed the current WHS managers and supervisors training contents, conduct and reporting and has been the lead on a number of Online modules including Due Diligence; Fire and Extinguisher Awareness; Basic Warden Training and others. We wish him a healthy, happy and productive retirement and thank him for his great work and efforts.

Mr Sean Ashton, Manager of Injury Management and Wellbeing moves to a new role of HR Manager Continuous Improvement in 2017. Sean has been at the University for over 5 years and has introduced the health and wellbeing, non-compensation case and Animal Care Services medical and health monitoring programs; recruited and developed a high performing team; implemented preventative approaches to work related illness and injury; overseen positive trends in lost time injuries, claims and costs; been critical in a number of major projects including Online WHS inductions, WHS managers and supervisors training and WHS Objectives and Target program. Sean has also taken on wider management roles at UWA including in the Functional Review in 2014. Sean’s passion for his work and professional and personable skills will be greatly missed by the Safety, Health and Wellbeing team.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 13th December 2016. The next meeting is on Tuesday 21st February 2017.
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, 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:
https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/newsletter .
All are encouraged to distribute relevant safety information in your workplaces.

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