Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter June 2019

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. Chemical Corner - Gloves on - Gloves off!
  4. Safety Awards 2019 - call for nominations
  5. UWA Medi-Swim Aquatic Exercise Rehabilitation
  6. Staff Movements
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  9. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training

  • Laboratory Safety Course
    Will be held on Monday the 22nd July 2019, in Tattersall Lecture Theatre (This is located next to the Bayliss building). The course runs from 9:00am am until 4:45pm with breaks for morning and afternoon teas (we provide tea, coffee and biscuits) and lunch (we don’t provide lunch). More information and enrolment:  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 23rd July 2019 in Room 215 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.
  • Building and Area Warden Training
    Emergency evacuation drills will be in September. For warden training sign up at the links below, the training covers the procedures and methods for dealing with emergencies within your buildings as well as emerging issues within the field.

  • 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

An online hazard and incident reporting tool is being launched by the Safety, Health and Wellbeing team. The tool is called Riskware and replaces the current paper based system for hazard and incident reporting. The tool enables greater visibility of hazards and incidents, as well as greater reporting functionality across the University.

Other key advantages include action tracking and a new tiered approach to incident investigation based on both the actual and potential consequence of an event, ensuring that the appropriate level of rigour is applied to investigation of an incident versus a one size fits all approach.

Drop in Training will be held in the Reid Library Computer Training room on the 1st floor on the following dates:

  • Monday 29th July at 10:00am
  • Wednesday 31st July 2:00pm
  • Friday 2nd August 10:00am
  • Monday 5th August 10:00am
  • Wednesday 7th August 2:00pm
  • Friday 9th August 10:00am

No need to book just turn up when it’s convenient to you.

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Chemical Corner - Gloves on - Gloves off!


In the lab – gloves on.
Tiny spill – double gloves on.
SMALL spill – heavy duty gloves on.
Biosafety – latex gloves on.
Latex allergy! – latex [email protected]@# – nitrile gloves on.
Cryogenic? – thermal gloves on.
Using chemicals? – SDS recommended gloves on.
Opening lab exit/entry door – gloves off.
Holding reagent while leaving lab? –‘holding hand’ glove on; ‘door hand’ – glove off.
Protect yourself in the lab but don’t ‘hand on’ contaminates by touching entry/exit handles, doors of the lab with gloves on. Wear the correct gloves for what you’re doing and using. Disposable gloves offer splash protection at best. For anything more than that you’ll need thicker gloves.
Weekend? Fancy gloves on (not in the lab – don’t party in the lab!)

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Safety Awards 2019 - call for nominations

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 UWA Safety, Health and Wellbeing close on Friday 27th September 2019. The awards will be presented on 24th October during Safe Work Australia Month.
For further information:  

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UWA Medi-Swim Aquatic Exercise Rehabilitation

Our Mediswim Program is an aquatic exercise program that incorporates elements of both strength training and aerobic training to target metabolic diseases and their risk factors. The exercise prescription is also tailored and modified to suit a range of clinical populations and ability levels. Furthermore it is aquatic and therefore weight supported which is great for those who have barriers to exercise in land based settings (for example previous injury or musculoskeletal complaint).

The program is led by Accredited Exercise Physiologists in conjunction with students out of the University of Western Australia. Lifestyle interventions delivered by exercise physiologists are effective for the prevention and management of metabolic syndromes and type 2 diabetes, and may result in a range of benefits including:

  • Improved insulin sensitivity and glucose management
  • Reductions in weight
  • Reductions in Blood pressure
  • Reductions in total cholesterol, triglycerides
  • Reduction in the risk of developing heart disease
  • Subsequent reduction in medication

Each exercise session make use of HR Monitoring with individualised targets to make sure that each patient is receiving an individually tailored exercise prescription suitable to their current condition. This program will gradually progress over the course of the term, and reassessment at the end of each term allows for the tracking of progress.

The cost of the program are:
$52 for initial assessment
$10 for weekly group sessions (max. charge $30/wk)
$16 for re-assessments throughout the year
*Medicare or private health rebates may apply

Session times are:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am - 11am
Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
*Clients can attend as many sessions per week as they would like

UWA EPC - map attached
Completed in a heated undercover pool, with easy access

Contact Details for more information:
Phone 6488 3333
Email [email protected]

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MediSwim Map [PDF, 34.1 KB]
Updated 4 Jul 2019

UWA EPC Mediswim [PDF, 252.7 KB]
Updated 4 Jul 2019

Staff Movements

Jess Pereira's replacement during her maternity leave is Kyrillos Riad.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on 17th June 2019. The next meeting is scheduled for 20th August 2019.
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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Wellbeing eNews

A reminder that the Wellbeing eNews is now available with lots of great tips and events to help you improve your health wellbeing. Click here to subscribe

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