Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter January 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. Safety Related Training 2016
  2. Traffic Light Reporting (Jul - Dec 2015) - Required by 29th February
  3. In Case of Emergency (ICE) - Simple Solution
  4. Drones - Flying With Control - CASA Video
  5. Mosquito Control
  6. Chemical Corner
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2016

  1. Plug and Socket Course from College of Electrical Training (CET) at Business Unit cost
  2. PAT testing Course from CET at Business Unit cost, followed by
  3. UWA In-House Electrical Training Course paid for by Safety, Health & Wellbeing.

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Traffic Light Reporting (Jul - Dec 2015) - Required by 29th February

The next UWA Traffic Light Report for the 6 month period July - December 2015 and the Health and Safety Committee Annual Report 2015 (as applicable) are required to be submitted to UWA Safety, Health and Wellbeing by COB Monday 29th February 2016.

Further information is available at:
UWA Traffic Light Reporting (required every 6 months):
https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/monitoring/traffic-light  
Previous reports and summaries are available (Pheme log in required) at:
https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/monitoring/monitoring-process-results  
UWA Representatives and Committee website with pro forma agenda, minutes and annual report:
https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/committees

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In Case of Emergency (ICE) - Simple Solution

Many people have emergency contact information in their mobile phone under ‘ICE’ (In case of emergency). This is not useful if the phone is locked. One of the University staff members sent the following link, which has useful information on how to simply set up your phone so a responder can bypass the password to get medical contact and other emergency information: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153055698026003&set=a.439488021002.237037.703591002&type=3  Please take a moment to add or update your emergency contacts in Employee Self Service (ESS):

  1. Go to ESS: https://www.hr.uwa.edu.au/working/applications/ess#user
  2. Under the ‘My Details’ tab find ‘Personnel Details’, go to the sub menu list and find ‘Emergency Contacts’
  3. Add your emergency contact details

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Drones - Flying With Control-CASA Video

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has released a video and brochure to inform people of the safety rules surrounding drones. Drones can injure people - a young child recently lost an eye in an accident in the United Kingdom. Following the safety rules will avoid accidents. Breaking the safety rules could mean a fine of up to $9000.

Key safety rules include:

  • Always keeping your drone in sight and never flying at night
  • Keeping at least 30 metres away from people, buildings and vehicles
  • Not flying over crowds or groups of people
  • Staying below 120 metres
  • No one should fly a drone in a way that causes a hazard to other aircraft. Drones must not be flown anywhere near aircraft and should be grounded immediately if there are aircraft nearby
  • Do not fly within 5.5 km of an airfield
  • It is illegal to fly for money or economic reward unless you have an unmanned operator’s certificate issued by CASA

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72TNbtQCB-A  
Brochure: https://www.casa.gov.au/sites/g/files/net351/f/_assets/main/lib100071/flying_with_control_model.pdf  
More information - CASA website: https://www.casa.gov.au/operations/standard-page/remotely-piloted-aircraft-rpa

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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

Training!! On-going safety training! If you don’t know that an MSDS has been replaced by an SDS (and what that implies) then you probably need some.

We put our new post-graduate students through a gamut of training programmes. This is good. Honour’s students are free of supervision for the first time. And PhDs are notoriously accident-prone and overworked. So they attend training in radiation safety, biosafety, chemical and laboratory safety the list is long and the courses are invaluable. But then for many safety-training ceases; it’s unfortunately all too common to find that the CI in a research area has an excellent grasp of safety standards and protocols…..from twenty plus years ago. Their younger colleagues may be faced with trying to persuade their mentor to take up legally required protocols and actions. So it was wonderful to hear Prof Tim St Pierre cheerfully grousing about attending the Physics department’s safety induction day – as an attendee. He then admitted that he ‘always learns something’ and shouldn’t begrudge the time spent. With his permission I’m sharing this brief interaction in the hope that others will follow his example.

I know that you’re all hideously busy with demanding work schedules and overstocked to-do lists but on-going training is a facet of every other aspect of research and professional life. So take a refresher safety course. Attend with your incoming post-graduates – you need to lead when you want them to follow.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 8th December 2015. The next meeting is on Tuesday 16th February 2016. 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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