Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter February 2019

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
  2. Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice and core unit SOCS5911 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places
  3. Call for Nominations for Health and Safety Representatives - closing Friday 29th March 2019
  4. Chemical Corner - Missed Managed?
  5. University Safety Committee
  6. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  7. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training

  • Building and Area Warden Training
    Emergency evacuation drills will be in early April. 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.

  • Work Health and Safety for Managers and Supervisors course (1/2 Day workshop).
    (NOTE - Online modules (5) must be completed prior to attendance).
    The next centrally organised workshop is on Monday 17th June 2019.
    Local Workplace organised workshops can be arranged with Safety, Health and Wellbeing. (Min 10 Participants)
    For information on WHS managers and supervisors course and to register:,-health-and-safety-for-managers-and-supervisors-course

  • Online Safety Induction
    It is required for all staff to complete the Online Safety Induction every 3 years so if you are getting close, log into ELMO and tick it off before you get reminders in your inbox.
    Also available at the above link are courses on Bullying in the Workplace and Sexual Harassment Awareness.

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Applications open now for Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice and core unit SOCS5911 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places

Planning to work or conduct fieldwork research in risky or remote locations? Understand and be prepared for the possible safety and security risks imposed on researchers and research participants with the University of Western Australia’s unique Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice and core unit SOCS5911 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places.

SOCS5911 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places will prepare you to undertake fieldwork research with vulnerable research participants for extended periods overseas in less secure and/or complex and hostile environments. The course combines lecture style teaching on key issues including risk assessment and planning, personal security awareness, and disaster response and research ethics, with a practical field training component conducted in the Perth hills. Practical training opportunities include the use of Virtual Reality technology, mock hostage, medical and disaster scenarios.

Employing United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) SSAFE accredited trainers as well as UWA academics and other professional security consultants to support the delivery of the core unit, Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile places is offered in two parts, comprising of four days of classroom-based lectures and three days in a scenario/simulation learning environment.

On completion of the intensive 7-day component of the Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places unit as well as UNDSS online training modules, students will gain access to UNDSS accredited training certificates to meet the criteria for working on future field deployments and operations under the UN umbrella.

The Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice and core unit SOCS5911 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places offers a flexible course structure to suit your particular study or work commitments. The 24 point Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice can be taken full-time over the first or second half of the year or part time over one year. The core unit runs intensively during the Winter break. Students who enrol in the 12 credit point core unit whilst completing an existing UWA Master’s degree may receive the Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice on completion of their degree.

For more information and application details, visit:  

CRICOS code: 0100074

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Call for Nominations for Health and Safety Representatives - closing Friday 29th March 2019

The annual call for nominations for Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) in work areas whose SHR's two year term expires or who do not currently have a HSR is now commencing.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 29th March 2019. For further workplace information see:  and
To download a nomination form: 

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Chemical Corner - Miss Managed?


The lab manager was experienced with a long history of promoting safety. The lab was well organised with safety folders, chemical registers and spill kits. The lab manager walked through the lab weekly checking for hazards, inducting new comers, running through a checklist of safety concerns and restocking PPE supplies.

The external safety inspector noted this and also the 25L unlabelled drum in the gel room.

The lab manager was so used to using the buffer drum she hadn’t noticed it wasn’t labelled.

I am that lab manager. That drum was labelled within minutes of me reading that report! I know how embarrassingly easy it is to miss something. I’ve consoled many others since that drum because I’ve been there; missed that. Local knowledge is irreplaceable but a fresh pair of eyes is invaluable.
Let’s take a look together.

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University Safety Committee

The next Meeting is scheduled for 2nd May 2019.
Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website.

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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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Wellbeing eNews

A reminder that the Wellbeing eNews is now available with lots of great tips and events to help you improve your health wellbeing. Click here to subscribe

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