Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter July 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

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  1. Safety Related Training 2016
  2. UWA Health and Safety Traffic Light Reporting (Submissions due by 29th August)
  3. UWA Annual Safety Awards 2016 (Nominations required by 23rd September)
  4. UWA Asbestos Management Plan
  5. Three myths about workplace injuries dispelled
  6. Hawaii University Explosion - Independent Investigation
  7. New Chemical Database Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS)
  8. UWA Activity Challenge Closing Ceremony
  9. Body Care at Work and Ergonomics Seminar
  10. 5 Week Introduction to Mindfulness Course
  11. Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) News
  12. University Safety Committee
  13. 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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UWA Health and Safety Traffic Light Reporting (Submissions due by 29th August)

The next UWA Traffic Light Report for the 6 month period January to June 2016 is required to be submitted to Safety, Health and Wellbeing by Monday 29th August. Whilst line management and health and safety personnel should be consulted in helping determine the scores, it is the senior manager (Head of School, Director) who should endorse and sign off on the submission from their work area. Safety, Health and Wellbeing is available to meet to advise and assist work areas in achieving good practice (and ideally best practice) work health and safety standards.

The collated responses and summary for previous reporting periods is available via the Traffic Light System webpage at:
or directly (Pheme log in required) at:

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UWA Annual Safety Awards 2016 (Nominations required by 23rd September)

Whilst safety is everyone’s responsibility, the University annually recognises persons and groups who go above and beyond in promoting and implementing good safety, health and wellbeing practices. Nominations are now invited for the following four UWA Safety Awards - Group (Faculty, School, Section), Individual, Safety Leadership (Individual) and Safety Recognition. All staff and safety committees are encouraged to promote these awards within their work areas and to seek suitable nominations. Nominations to Safety, Health and Wellbeing close on Friday 23rd September 2016. The awards will be presented by the SDVC on 31st October during Safe Work Australia Month. For further information:  

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UWA Asbestos Management Plan

The UWA Asbestos Management Plan outlines the university’s framework and systems for management and removal of asbestos containing materials (ACM)s currently in-situ. The plan outlines:

  • A background on asbestos, its potential health impacts and the typical uses of ACMs in workplaces;
  • The UWA Asbestos Survey Program;
  • UWA Asbestos Risk Management Guidelines;
  • The UWA Asbestos Materials Register;
  • The Work Area Access Permit and control of workflows;
  • The reporting protocol for asbestos concerns;
  • Health Surveillance Options; and
  • The Asbestos Exposure Response procedure.

If you are responsible for organising building work or any alterations to the built environment it is essential that you comply with the requirements outlined in the plan. The UWA Asbestos Materials Register must be consulted before any works on buildings and a Work Area Access Permit raised if ACM is at risk of being disturbed. For more information or reporting any asbestos concerns please contact the Campus Management Safety Officer on 6488 5662.

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Three myths about workplace injuries dispelled

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has dispelled three safety myths to help employers reduce musculoskeletal injuries, which cost an average of more than $7000 per workers' compensation claim. They offer some practical solutions and alternative ways of thinking which can help to shift safety attitudes and improve outcomes.
Myth #1: Musculoskeletal injuries are inevitable with manual labour.
Myth #2: Safety is just common sense.
Myth #3: Workplace health and safety systems are rigid and stop us getting real work done.  

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Hawaii University Explosion - Independent Investigation

The independent investigation by the University of California (UC) Center for Laboratory Safety into the March 16, 2016 explosion in a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa laboratory has been completed. The UC team identified the likely physical cause to be an electrostatic charge and also provided recommendations on how universities and research facilities could improve laboratory safety practices.
The accident happened in a Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) laboratory and seriously injured a researcher. Following the accident, the university suspended activities at HNEI laboratories working with high-pressure gases, flammable or explosive materials and other high-pressure work. The labs are still off line and are in the process of completing safety reviews of all activities and equipment.

The following webpage includes:

  • Video of the news conference announcement
  • Technical Analysis of the accident
  • Recommendations for improvements
  • Lab Safety Walkthrough

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New Chemical Database Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS)

The Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS) provides information on chemicals that have been classified in accordance with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The new database features classification and labelling information for over 4 500 chemicals, including pictograms as well as a searchable database of workplace exposure standards. HCIS replaces the previous Hazardous Substance Information System (HSIS) and will make it easier for manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end-users of chemicals to meet the requirements of the GHS.
More information about the Hazardous Chemical Information System and the GHS is available on the Safe Work Australia website:

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UWA Activity Challenge Closing Ceremony

Keen to see where you placed on the leader board, congratulate the winners and mingle with other Challenge participants? Please join us for the wrap up of the UWA Activity Challenge 2016. For those participating in the UWA Sport Walking Group the final walk will conclude at the UWA Watersports Complex where we invite all Challenge participants to join us for a light lunch and awards ceremony.

  • Date and Time: Tuesday 16 August, 1:00pm – 1:45pm
  • Venue: UWA Watersports Complex

A light lunch from Nood Food including Paleo and Vegetarian options will be provided.

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Body Care at Work and Ergonomics Seminar

This 45 minute seminar provides an overview of the spine and musculoskeletal system, the common areas for the development of pain and discomfort and practical guidance on ergonomics and strategies to keep your musculoskeletal system healthy at work. It will also look at the impact of sedentariness and how this can be managed both in and outside of work.

  • Date and Time: Wednesday 24 August, 12:15pm-1:00pm
  • Venue: Love House, Seminar Room 1.
  • Facilitator: Kassandra Jarvis, Ergonomics Advisor within Safety, Health and Wellbeing.

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5 Week Introduction to Mindfulness Course

This course is designed to give participants an introduction to both the theory and practice of mindfulness, assisting you to develop the key skills to embed mindfulness into your day-to-day activities. Practising mindfulness can help us engage more fully with the present moment. In doing so, it can relieve stress, improve focus, and assist us in managing our emotions more effectively.

  • Date and Time: Tuesday mornings: 7:00am-8:30am (except for Thursday 8 September): August 30 - September 27.
  • Venue: Faculty of Science Common Room.
  • Facilitator: Kathryn Choules, Mind and Movement  

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Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) News

Ms Rebecca Kerr (Safety and Health Consultant, Faculty of Science) commenced on 25th July 2016. Rebecca joins us with a wealth of OHS experience and knowledge from the resources, construction and explosives industries.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 14th June 2016. The next meeting is on Tuesday 9th August 2016. 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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