Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter June 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

  • UWA Smoke Free
  • Become a first aid officer
  1. Safety Related Training 2016
  2. Public Comment on WA's Workplace Safety Regulations
  3. Comcare releases Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Tool
  4. Zen at Work - An Introduction to Mindfulness
  5. HBF After-Work Fitness Classes (6 weeks)
  6. HBF Drop in Diabetes Screening
  7. UWA Sport Lunchtime Walking Group
  8. Chemical Corner - Plumbing the depths!
  9. University Safety Committee Annual Report 2015 - now available
  10. University Safety Committee
  11. 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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Public Comment on WA's Workplace Safety Regulations

Western Australians are being given the opportunity to contribute to our future workplace safety and health system by providing comment on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations for adoption in this State. The public comment period will end on 31 August 2016.
Public comment - Work Health and Safety regulations:
https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/public-comment-work-health-and-safety-regulations  

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Comcare releases Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Tool

Comcare has produced an e-learning module on the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, which will be mandatory in Australia from 1 January 2017. https://www.comcare.gov.au/preventing/hazards/chemical_hazards/globally_harmonised_system_of_classification_and_labelling_of_chemicals_ghs/ghs_video  

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Zen at Work - An Introduction to Mindfulness

This one hour session presented by a Bupa practitioner provides an accessible introduction to the notion of mindfulness. It gives guidance on how to live more in the moment and train your mind to have a rest occasionally. Simple meditation exercises are explained and tips for staying focused and relaxing at will are provided.

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HBF After-Work Fitness Classes (6 weeks)

For staff looking for a higher intensity physical challenge we welcome you to try a circuit fitness class with a qualified HBF fitness trainer. Classes are categorised as moderate intensity with a higher work rate than yoga or walking. Comfortable clothes and supportive footwear required.

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HBF Drop in Diabetes Screening

In an effort to raise awareness for National Diabetes Week (10-16th July) and also provide an opportunity for early intervention we are offering Drop In Diabetes Screenings. A qualified HBF nurse will be performing 10 minute screenings involving blood glucose, blood cholesterol and blood pressure testing. Information on risk factors and risk reduction strategies will be provided

  • Date and time: Wednesday 20th July 2016, 9am - 4pm.
  • Location: 55 Broadway, Ground Floor, Interview Room 2.
  • Registration: No bookings are required, please take a seat in the foyer if the door is closed.

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UWA Lunchtime Walking Group

To help meet your Activity Challenge goals a UWA staff walking group will meet each Tuesday for a 30 minute walk around the campus and surrounds. UWA Sport Fitness Trainers will be leading a different walk each week and will be available to discuss your personal fitness goals. Comfortable, supportive footwear is the only requirement to participate.

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Chemical Corner - Plumbing the depths!

Dotted across campus are access traps to laboratory dilution pits. You’ve probably never noticed them, why would you? The chemicals you use and then flush down the sink may end up in one of them to be further diluted before they can enter the main sewer drains. They are quite literally pit-stops on the way to the water treatment plant in Subiaco. The pits work best when you dilute your waste chemicals and neutralise their pH before you wash them down with lots of water. The drains in your lab and the pumps in the pit will corrode faster if the waste isn’t properly treated before it’s washed through them. When the pumps stop working we need a plumber (several in fact). And we really don’t want to put plumbers’ health or safety at risk! That really would be ‘the pits’!

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University Safety Committee Annual Report 2015 - now available

This report provides information on work health and safety related programs, activities and outcomes which were considered and reported to the University Safety Committee (USC) in 2015. Included in the report is:

  • Incidents and injuries – by work area, types and trends.
  • Staff health and wellbeing program.
  • New and revised policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • USC related business – items referred and actions taken.
  • Safety related training, minor works funding and internal audit program.
  • Safety Awards – acknowledging safety and health initiatives, successful implementation of processes and outstanding service by groups and individuals.
  • Health and Safety Objectives and Targets program – designed to improve WHS understanding, compliance and engagement.

The University Safety Committee Annual Report 2015 is available (Pheme log in required) at: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/committees/usc/usc  

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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. https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/people/committees/safety

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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: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/newsletter . All are encouraged to distribute relevant safety information in your workplaces.

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