Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter July 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.

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UWA S&H Strategic Documents 2021 - 2025

To assist UWA with its commitment to provide world class education, research and community engagement the following documents have been developed.
See documents and further information on the following link:  

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Wednesday 14th July 2021. The next meeting is to be held on Thursday 7th October 2021.
Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website.  

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Four New Online Safety online modules now available on LMS

All UWA staff members have been designated a S&H Training module reflective of their roleAt UWA i.e. Staff member, Manager/Supervisor, Senior Leader e.g. Head of School, Executive, Director etc.
More information is on the following web page:  

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Safety Related Training

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Manager/Supervisor Risk Assessment Toolkit

A list of templates have been developed to assist all Managers/Supervisors and Staff across UWA in being able to consistently undertake risk assessment and investigations; and to document local safe systems of work.

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UWA S&H Risk Register

A new S&H Risk register has been developed to identify and control risks.
A local area risk register template is also available for population by all UWA Schools, Research Groups and Business Units.  

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Chemical Corner - The dose makes the poison - Dr Laurton McGurk


Too much of anything is not good. How much is too much depends on the poison, the exposure route, and the exposed subject.
The LD50* (for a rat) is 367.7 mg/kg if ratty ingests it, 2000 mg/kg if ratty rubs the caffeine on its skin, and a tiny 4.9mg/kg if inhaled.
In people the LD50 is 1.52 mg/kg if ingested, 100 mg/kg for skin exposure, and 524 ppm (parts per million) for inhaled exposure.
Theobromine which is in chocolate?
People have an oral LD50 of 1000 mg/kg. A kilo of chocolate contains about 1500 mg of theobromine. So; death by chocolate? Unlikely for people. But for dogs the LD50 is 300 mg/kg of body weight. The smaller the dog the riskier a large chocolate bar is for them.
For us humans the LD50 is 90 000 mg/kg. A ‘dose’ of about 6 litres of water will kill half of us.
Be aware of the hazards and mitigate your risks. Keep chocolate bars away from pets† and don’t waste coffee on rats.

*this is the amount at which 50% of exposed subjects have died. In people we estimate it from survived and expired stats from known exposures.
† Chemical corner will permanently protect your pets from chocolate (except peppermint blah!) POA.

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UWA COVID-19 Posters and Templates

Useful posters and template below:

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Events at UWA

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

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

Event notifications must be made at least 10 working days BEFORE the scheduled event to ensure they can be properly reviewed. Event Notification Form

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RiskWare - Online Hazard and Incident Reporting - Training

Training at your location is available by request - contact Alex Scholz

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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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