Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter June 2014

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 2014
  2. Harmonisation - Update
  3. Higher Education Health and Safety Resources (UK)
  4. Involving Workers to Develop Solutions for Hazards Manual Tasks - Video
  5. Healthy Catering Event
  6. University Safety Committee
  7. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2014

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The Chamber of Minerals and Energy has asked Commerce Minister Michael Mischin, who oversees WorkSafe WA, to delay adopting harmonised safety laws until after a 2015 COAG review of the model Act. At the recent Safety in Action Conference in Perth, Simon Ridge, Executive Director - Mine Safety, West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum indicated that the process of review of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 would be one of ‘modernisation’ rather than ‘harmonisation’. Key support for ‘due diligence’, the term ‘worker’ and the importance of risk management was also indicated by a group of stakeholders reviewing the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.

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Higher Education Health and Safety Resources (UK)

There are a number of United Kingdom Associations which make available higher education health and safety related resources which are relevant to the Australian higher education sector including the ones below. Guidance provided includes managing health and safety in research, fieldwork, student placements and working overseas.

Universities Safety and Health Association
Universities and Colleges Employers Association

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Involving Workers to Develop Solutions for Hazardous Manual Tasks - Video

In Queensland over 60% of serious workers compensation claims are related to sprains and strain injuries, two thirds of which are caused by hazardous manual tasks. Learn how Capral Aluminium have helped reduce their risks of manual handling injuries and take the steps to become the most automated and modern plant in Australia.

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Healthy Catering Event

Do you order catering regularly as part of your role? If so, and you’d like some tips and tastings about how to order healthy catering that’s also tasty, come along to the Healthy Catering Showcase event, happening at the WaterSports complex on Thursday July 3 from 10am to 11am.

Come along to find out why healthy catering is important, what constitutes healthy catering, and what sort of healthy options are available to order. Dietician Nick Nation from Diabetes WA will share his expertise, and samples will be available from both on and off campus suppliers. You’ll also have a chance to chat to representatives from the providers present about their wares.

Please RSVP by Friday June 27 if you wish to attend, or contact [email protected]  with any queries.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 10th June 2014. The next meeting is on Tuesday 12th August 2014. Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website.

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Previous Safety and Health 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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