- Safety Related Training 2015
- Call for Nominations for Safety and Health Representatives - closing Friday 27th March 2015
- Nanomaterial - Mesothelioma Link
- Mental Health at UWA - New information
- Electrical Safety - Classification of Hostile or Non-hostile Areas
- University Safety Committee
- Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
Safety Related Training 2015
- Basic Resuscitation First Aid (3.5 hours) on 28th and 29th May. Enrolments open via OSDS soon.
- Warden Training Course (3 hours) on Monday 16th March, ALVA G22 (limit of 50).
- Warden Refresher Training Course (1 hour) on Monday 16th March, ALVA G22 (limit of 50).
- Work, Health and Safety training for Managers and Supervisors (2 x 1/2 days, 9:00am - 1 pm each day) April 8th and 9th.
Bookings open with OSDS shortly for the following courses.
• July 16th and 17th
• September 28th and 29th
• November 2nd and 3rd
• QEII site TBA
Call for Nominations for Safety and Health Representatives - closing Friday 27th March 2015
The annual call for nominations for Safety and Health Representatives in work areas whose SHR's two year term expires or who do not currently have a SHR will be made through an All-staff email soon. The closing date for nominations is Friday 27th March 2015. For further workplace information see: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives and https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives/nominations To download a nomination form: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives/nominations/form
Nanomaterial - Mesothelioma Link
A new Safe Work Australia report has confirmed that certain nanomaterials could cause mesothelioma. The SWA research report, ‘Engineered Nanomaterials: An Update on the Toxicology and Work Health Hazards’, follows on from a 2009 SWA-commissioned literature review that found engineered nanomaterials are "potentially more toxic" than larger particles of the same substance. For the update, SWA analysed more than 90 reports and reviews from national and international agencies from the four years to early 2013, and says the studies confirm that long thin carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have "potential fibrogenic activity, including ability to induce mesothelioma". The report also examines toxicological considerations for titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, cerium oxide and silver nanoparticles. https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/899/engineered-nanomaterials-update-toxicology.pdf
Mental Health at UWA - New information
A series of new web pages have been developed to provide more information about mental health at UWA, including a video address from our Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dawn Freshwater. The new pages provide information on common mental health issues and suggestions on how we can all contribute to a mentally healthy workplace, with links to the resources provided by the University. Managers and supervisors will find detailed guidance in relation to managing mental health issues in the workplace, from having a conversation about mental health at work to developing reasonable accommodations. https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/health/psychological
Electrical Safety - Classification of Hostile or Non-hostile Areas
The Electrical Testing and Tagging webpage https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/electrical-safety/testing-tagging-guidelines has been updated to include the sub-section “UWA work areas as hostile or non-hostile environments”. It contains expanded guidance on classification of electrical environments. There is also a link to this sub-section on the main Electrical Safety webpage https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/electrical-safety . The ability to classify areas as electrically non-hostile brings the advantage that electrical testing and tagging is not required. Instead, regular visual checks which are carried out as part of recorded workplace inspections are sufficient to ensure that only undamaged equipment chords are used. An additional item “Tea Areas” has been added to The General Electrical Guidance webpage at https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/electrical-safety/appliance-guidelines . This guidance assists in determining the electrical environment classification for tea areas.
University Safety Committee
The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 17th February 2015. The next meeting is on Tuesday 14th April 2015. Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website. https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/people/committees/safety
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.