Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter March 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. Electrical Safety and Electrical Work Procedure
  3. Autoclave Compliance
  4. Evaluation of the Health Effects of Carbon Nanotubes
  5. Protecting the Nanotechnology Workforce
  6. Management of Shared Work Health and Safety Responsibilities
  7. University-wide Chemical Waste Collection Service
  8. Use of up-to-date documents and forms
  9. Challenge yourself to 10K a day - Join the UWA Global Corporate Challenge 2014
  10. Vaccination against Influenza now available
  11. University Safety Committee
  12. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2014

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Electrical Safety and Electrical Work Procedure

Following legislative changes concerning electrical safety, a major review was undertaken to revise the procedures governing all aspects of electrical safety at the University. The revised procedure supersedes Campus Management’s “Regulations and controls governing electrical work at UWA” first issued in August 2002 (with revisions) and UWA Safety, Health and Wellbeing’s “Electrical equipment safety policy” issued in March 2008 (with revisions) and includes:

  • Licensing requirements
  • Responsibilities and guidelines for assessment of competent persons
  • Rules governing specific electrical activities
  • Electrical inspections
  • Tagging and testing
  • Design certification
  • Certification and notification of electrical work

The procedure is available at https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/electrical-safety and should be applied commencing 1st April 2014.

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Autoclave Compliance

Facilities Operations (section of Campus Management) have made a number of recommendations following the annual pressure vessel testing which include:

  • Any vessel with a steam generator (boiler) needs to be stripped down and inspected as per Australian Standard 3788 table 4.1. This needs to be done by your service provider and records kept as per OSH Regulations 4.34
  • Maintenance records need to be kept and recorded, and must be freely available
  • Regular cleaning needs to be carried out on the internal shell, and regular checks carried out as per UWA “Policies, Procedures and Guidelines Matrix”: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/plant/autoclaves

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Evaluation of the Health Effects of Carbon Nanotubes

This study agrees with the idea that long, needle-like multi-walled carbon nanotubes are hazardous, showing effects that have not previously been described, such as asthma-like inflammation and DNA damage in the lungs. https://www.tsr.fi/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=13109&name=DLFE-9367.pdf

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Protecting the Nanotechnology Workforce

NIOSH Nanotechnology Research and Guidance Strategic Plan, 2013–2016, is the roadmap being used to advance basic understanding of the toxicology and workplace exposures involved so that appropriate risk management practices can be implemented during discovery, development, and commercialisation of engineered nanomaterials. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2014-106/pdfs/2014-106.pdf

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Management of Shared Work Health and Safety Responsibilities

Senior leaders and managers of all involved PCBUs (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) must promote and foster open lines of communication and consultation both at organisational level and with workers. This can be achieved by ensuring effective consultation processes are fundamental and integral by being built into the organisation through its systems, structures, policies, procedures and practices. The University undertakes a variety of activities which may include contributing individuals or resources with degrees of involvement and influence which may cause them to be considered to be PCBUs with shared responsibilities for health and safety. This could include:

  • Activities where University staff or students carry out tasks or activities off-campus at the workplaces of other organisations
  • Workers from other organisations (such as affiliated organisations) working at UWA controlled workplaces
  • Contractors working on-campus or at off-campus sites under the control of the University

The following page has more information on this topic and includes test of shared PCBU responsibilities, arrangements for shared PCBU responsibilities and creating the working relationship between contributing PCBUs. https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/multiplePCBU

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University-wide Chemical Waste Collection Service

UWA Safety, Health & Wellbeing will be organising another University-wide chemical waste collection. This service is for areas that have hazardous chemicals that must not be disposed of by users to the environment, and will allow the call-out cost of disposal to be shared by a large number of areas.

The next collection will be in May 2014. The exact collection date(s) will be arranged when all manifests have been submitted. To be involved in this collection you should submit a manifest of your waste chemicals by 11th April 2014. Further instructions are available at: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/about_chemical_safety/chemical_waste_collection . Please pass on this information to anyone else who you think might be interested in this service. If you have any queries please contact Laurton McGurk ([email protected]).

If you have surplus chemicals you may also be interested in the mailing list for recycling unwanted or surplus chemicals. By advertising directly to other subscribed members of staff the likelihood of finding a new home for your surplus chemicals will be greatly increased. For further details, and to subscribe to the mailing list, go to: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/chemical/surplus .

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Use of up-to-date documents and forms

When making reference to procedures and forms in particular, it is important to ensure that the latest version is always used. UWA Safety, Health and Wellbeing documentation is subject to occasional updates. Where it is supplied on web pages, the hyperlinks always show the date of last update. Also, document control panels at the footer of documents show the version number, the date published and also advise that the current version is available on our website. Storage of forms on local PCs is likely to result in out-of-date forms being used and can be avoided by referring to the website whenever forms are required.

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Challenge yourself to 10K a day - Join the UWA Global Corporate Challenge 2014

Many of us aren’t as active as we may like, and by now we know the benefits of sitting less and moving more, so it's time to get those intentions into action. If you’re looking for some extra motivation, consider joining this year’s Global Corporate Challenge at UWA. The Challenge, starting May 28, encourages us to get at least 10,000 steps each day, as recommended for good health.

Join a UWA team for GCC 2014 and UWA will pick up half the cost! Just get together six colleagues and register your team to walk (run, swim or cycle) together towards better health. Find out more here.

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Vaccination against Influenza now available

Vaccination against influenza is now available and the ideal time to get vaccinated is well before the winter season starts. Influenza or ‘the flu’ is a common, highly contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause from mild to serious illness. Most general practices will have vaccinations available.

The University Medical Centre Flu clinics begin on Monday, March 24th 2014. If you wish to be vaccinated at the UWA Medical Centre:

If you have never attended the University Medical Centre please complete New Patient Details form: www.studentservices.uwa.edu.au/__data/page/17356/New_Patient_Registration_Form_Nov07.DOC  And email to Sharon Almeida ([email protected] ) before your scheduled appointment in order to save time on appointment day.

For more information on the flu and getting vaccinated visit https://www.public.health.wa.gov.au/2/262/2/influenza.pm

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Thursday 20th February 2014. The next meeting is on Tuesday 8th April 2014. 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 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: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/newsletter . All are encouraged to distribute relevant safety information in your workplaces.

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