Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter January 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. University Annual Safety Awards 2018
  3. Chemical Corner - Buckle Up!
  4. Staff Movements
  5. University Safety Committee
  6. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  7. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training

  • Laboratory Safety Course
    Will be held on Monday the 18th February, in Wilsmore Lecture Theatre. The course runs from 9:00am am until 4:45pm with breaks for morning and afternoon teas (we provide tea, coffee and biscuits) and lunch (we don’t provide lunch). More information and enrolment:  
    As this date is in O-week and parking may be difficult at UWA you are STRONGLY advised to use public transport if you don’t have a UWA parking permit.
  • Unsealed Radioisotope Handling Course
    (3 days) from 19th February 2019 in Room 215 Physics This is designed to provide participants with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable them to safely handle radioisotopes in a research environment. All new unsealed radioisotope users at UWA are required to have attended and passed this course within the first year of using radioisotopes, preferably before they start such work. The course satisfies the training requirements for a licence for unsealed radioactive substances (research) under the Radiation Safety Act 1975.
  • 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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University Annual Safety Awards 2018

The UWA Annual Safety Awards recognise initiatives, successful implementation of processes and outstanding service for work health and safety by groups and individuals. For this year

  • The Individual Safety Award was made to Mr Richard Brennand, Associate Director, Maintenance and Operations, Campus Management.
  • The Safety Recognition Award was made to the Legacy Chemical Disposal Team, Brett Tizard, Melissa Andrade and Laurton McGurk.  

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Chemical Corner - Buckle Up!


It’s automatic. I don’t even notice it.
Hop in the car and reach for the seatbelt. I have never driven without it. I can’t imagine doing so.
People do though. And sometimes they get hurt or die because they haven’t buckled up. That isn’t an accident, it’s an outcome. It’s an avoidable result that turned a collision, an impact, a blowout that should have been a nuisance into a tragedy. When you work without your PPE you haven’t buckled up. If something goes wrong the consequences will be worse. The hurt will be greater. How it started may have been an accident but your lack of protection is not. Lab coats, safety glasses, closed shoes, respiratory protection, hot zone suits; they’re all seat belts and wearing them must be automatic. Buckle up. Don’t turn an accident into an outcome.

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Staff Movements

In January we welcomed Lee Harrington, Safety Systems and Compliance Adviser to the Safety Team. Lee replaces Christine Chernoff who is currently on parental leave.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on 30th October 2018. The next Meeting is scheduled for 11th February 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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