Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter January 2021

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. RiskWare - Online Hazard and Incident Reporting - Training
  3. UWA COVID-19 Induction Training
  4. Events at UWA
  5. Chemical Corner - Hair again! - Dr Laurton McGurk
  6. Staff Movements - Safety and Health is now at 39 Fairway
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training

  • Laboratory Safety Course: Will be held on Monday the 15th February 2021, in Wilsmore Lecture Theatre.
    The course runs from 9:00am am until 4:45pm with breaks for morning and afternoon teas and lunch (we don’t provide morning, afternoon teas or 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 16th February 2021 in Room G25 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.
  • 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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RiskWare - Online Hazard and Incident Reporting - Training

Training at your location is available by request - contact David Thatcher

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UWA COVID-19 Awareness Induction Training

Before returning to campus, staff and HDR Students must complete the UWA COVID-19 Awareness and Induction. If you have already resumed working on campus/site, you should complete the induction (a short video which will help you stay safe). Managers will ensure completion and clarify any queries.  

Useful posters and template below:

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Events at UWA

With activities on Campus returning to near normal there are requests for how to run events in the current climate.

The latest version of the UWA Covid-19 Events Checklist:

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Chemical Corner - Hair again! - Dr Laurton McGurk


No not the musical. The oft repeated and (in my empirical experience inaccurate) mantra to ‘tie back’ hair when working in a hazardous environment.

Empirical? Yep. Up until my twenties I had long, long, long, hair. I could sit on the end of my plait! This is the sort of hair that loose gets in my face, your face, catches on door handles, zips, buttons, anything! ‘Tied back’ in a thick plait it swung into glassware on the bench behind me, got caught on a lab animal’s cage, whopped a colleague and caused general mayhem. Restrained with a truckload of hair pins and combs was the only safe option. Now hair that long is unusual BUT it made me realise that the ‘tied back’ advice is coming from people with (typically) very short hair. Restrained is way to go. Do you ever see a long ponytail swinging about in the military? In the firies? No way. Buns. Ponytails are for the gym or the lecture. In hazardous environments long locks need to be locked up.

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Staff Movements - Safety and Health are now at 39 Fairway on level 4

We moved late 2020 to join Campus Management

Safety and Health mail box number is now M458

Phone number 6488 3938

Email: [email protected]

NOTE: Health and Wellbeing now under Human Resources at 55 Broadway.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Wednesday 14th October 2020. The next meeting is TBA.
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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