Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter June 2020

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. UWA COVID-19 Awareness Induction Training
  4. UPDATE for Inter-regional Travel Approval Requirements and Guidance
  5. Permit to Work
  6. Chemical Corner - Customs need to change
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  9. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training

  • 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

Training at your location is available by request - contact David Thatcher

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UWA COVID-19 Awareness Induction Training

Before returning to campus, staff and HDR Students must complete the UWA COVID-19 Awareness and Induction. If you have already resumed working on campus/site, you should complete the induction (a short video which will help you stay safe). Managers will ensure completion and clarify any queries.  

Useful posters and template below:

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UPDATE for Inter-regional Travel Approval Requirements and Guidance

Due to the constant evolving of restrictions on travel in Western Australia due to COVID-19 the approval requirements and guidance notes have been updated. See recent updates at:

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Permit to Work

Campus Management is implementing an upgrade to its Permit to Work Procedure and permits. The permit to work system ensures that the hazards involved in hazardous work is managed in line with legislative requirements and the risk is reduced so far as is reasonably practicable.

The Permit to Work system covers the following hazardous work categories:

  • Working at Heights – working on roofs, scaffolding and elevated working platforms.
  • Asbestos Works – asbestos removals and control.
  • Entry and Work in Confined Spaces – working in an enclosed space that has a risk of engulfment or atmospheric hazards such as an unsafe range of oxygen, contaminants or explosive and flammable gases.
  • Hot works – involving equipment generating sparks or flames eg. welding, grinding etc
  • Excavation – excavation of soil below 300mm.
  • Isolation of Safety Systems – such as fire detection and protection systems.
  • Respirable Crystalline Silica works – works involving the mechanical or physical disturbance of materials containing crystalline silica that could result in the generation of respirable crystalline silica.

If you would like to know more about the Permit to Work System, please contact your local Safety and Health Adviser or UWA Safety & Health on 6488 5662 for further advice.

Work Permit
Permit to Work

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Chemical Corner - Customs need to change


A custom product is one without an SDS in the ChemAlert database. Used properly the custom function in Chemalert lets us add items we have made or legacy items that we need keep to our inventory. Others are temporary and will be replaced by the commercial product’s information and SDS when it’ added to the system. But many will never have a compliant SDS. Their manufacturer doesn’t exist, or they don’t make that product anymore, their label’s damaged, they were decanted in the 80s (or 70s, 60s, 40s!!) and we have no idea who made them. This means they have no active safety data until we add it.
There are over 15K custom products accounting for over 25 K containers in our holdings. Agars, ammoniums, acids, bumping granules, bariums, cyanides, sugars, salts, spray cans, gas bottles, nitrates, nail polishes, propanol, peanut oil, and peptones. Some have safety information on their labels, some don’t. Take your chances? In some of our labs more than half the chemicals are customs. Chemical safety is triaging the list and building UWA custom SDS. These will be added to our holdings and the safety data activated. This is a long, long task.
Want to help? Take advantage of the upcoming Chemical Waste Collection* and get rid of unwanted custom items. Those old brown bottles with BDH, Merck, Koch Light, By Products & Chemicals labels on them – customs! Anything weighed in pounds – custom! Corked – custom. Glass stoppered – custom! Aged old professors in academic cardigans.....NOT CUSTOM keep these.

*details will be released asap.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on 3rd December 2019. The next meeting is TBA.
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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