Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter January 2015

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. Fremantle Hyperbaric Unit Closed
  3. Due Diligence - Online Course
  4. Basic Warden Training - Online Course
  5. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) - Work-related injuries 2013-2014
  6. Mosquito Control
  7. Wellbeing Seminar: Achieve your 2015 lifestyle goals
  8. Chemical Corner
  9. University Safety Committee
  10. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2015

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Fremantle Hyperbaric Unit Closed

The Fremantle hyperbaric unit has closed and has relocated to Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Fiona Stanley Hospital – Hyperbaric Unit
102-118 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch, WA. 6150
Phone Direct (08) 6152 5222
Phone Hospital 24hr (08) 6152 2222

Please note the change in phone numbers, any pre-approved dive related field plans will need to be modified to reflect this change.

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Due Diligence - Online Course

This course is for Officers of the University of Western Australia, or other personnel, who wish to know their role and responsibilities with respect to Work Health and Safety. It is designed to provide Officers with information on their proactive duty of 'due diligence' and how to exercise this duty at UWA. Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the current state of Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation and the key changes
  • Understand the terms 'Officer' and 'due diligence' with respect to WHS
  • Actions required to demonstrate 'due diligence'
  • Aware of the Officers role in the University's commitment to Work Health and Safety (Policy)

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Basic Warden Training - Online Course

This course is for Building and Area Wardens located at the main campus sites. Regional, smaller, and tenanted buildings off main campus may have modified procedures. Many buildings have specific procedures so local familiarisation is required. It is designed to provide wardens the skills to successfully conduct a building evacuation and is not intended to replace the formal Warden training and refresher courses which cover more detail and other emergencies.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be familiar with common fire hazards
  • Know the roles and responsibilities of the Building Warden, Area Wardens, and the First Aid Officers
  • Understand the role of UWA Security (Campus Emergency Coordinator, Communications Officer and the Emergency Response Officer)
  • How to safely conduct a building evacuation
  • Actions to take where a casualty or person with special needs requires assistance
  • Know how to read the Fire Indicator Panel, and the systems linked to the Panel
  • Understand the use of the building occupant warning system
  • Actions to be taken following an evacuation
  • Critical Incident Management

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Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) - Work-related injuries 2013-2014

Of the 12.5 million people aged 15 years or over who worked during this period, 531,800 suffered a work-related injury. The most commonly reported injuries were sprains and strains, followed by joint or muscle trauma. These injuries most often occurred during manual handling tasks, including tasks involving lifting, pushing, pulling or bending.

These findings show just how common work-related injuries have been in recent years, and highlight the importance of following correct health and safety procedures to prevent these incidents from happening in your workplace. In particular, ensuring that your workers follow correct manual handling techniques can prevent a large number of common work-related injuries, potentially saving your business money in workers’ compensation claims. ABS report:$File/63240_jul%202013%20to%20jun%202014.pdf

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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:

Safety, Health and Wellbeing mosquito web page:

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Wellbeing Seminar: Achieve your 2015 lifestyle goals

Many of us go into a new year with new lifestyle goals in mind - the challenge is in embedding the new habits! To help provide you with some insights along that line, staff are invited to a free 'Psyched Up' seminar on Thursday, February 12 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm in the Webb Lecture Theatre.

By understanding how our brains work, we can make the process of goal setting and getting much more efficient and strategic. Presented by Kylie Mathieson (Bachelor of Psychology; Certificate IV in Health and Fitness; Diploma of Professional Coaching).

RSVPs requested online.

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Chemical Corner

Laboratory Safety Course: The next laboratory safety course will be held on Monday the 16th of February, in the Wilsmore Lecture Theatre (this is located next to the Bayliss building). The course runs from 9 am until 4:45 pm with breaks for morning and afternoon teas (we provide tea, coffee and biscuits) and lunch (we don’t provide lunch). The cost is $40 for UWA staff and students and $150 + GST for external attendees. As this date is in O-week and parking may be difficult at UWA. It is STRONGLY advised to use public transport if you don’t have a UWA parking permit.

Safety Data Sheets: The manufacturer or supplier of a hazardous and/or dangerous chemical must provide an SDS when requested to do so. As people who use or store hazardous and/or dangerous chemicals we have an obligation to make them readily and easily accessible to anyone who uses or may be affected by the chemicals in our workplace.

For practicable purposes this means a paper copy of the SDS files, arranged alphabetically, should be kept in your work area. This ensures people without computer access (e.g. contractors, visiting research staff and students) can check the risks and hazards in the area. A valid SDS must be held for each hazardous and/or dangerous item in your area. To find out which items these are, check the ChemAlert database (  ) or the manufacturer’s website.

Section 4 of an SDS covers first aid measures and is a section, I hope you never need to find NOW! But if you do – be sure you know exactly where to find it. For more detailed 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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