Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter March 2015

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 2015
  2. Call for Nominations for Safety and Health Representatives - NOW closing Thursday 2nd April 2015
  3. Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Expo - mark your diary
  4. Safety Culture and Leadership - Video
  5. Chemical Corner - (More) Dangerous When (Not) Wet
  6. University Safety Committee
  7. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2015

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Call for Nominations for Safety and Health Representatives - NOW closing Thursday 2nd April 2015

The annual call for nominations for Safety and Health Representatives in work areas whose SHR's two year term expires or who do not currently have a SHR will now close on Thursday 2nd April 2015. For further workplace information see: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives  and https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives/nominations  To download a nomination form: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives/nominations/form

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Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Expo - mark your diary

Mark your diary for the annual Employee Benefits and Wellbeing Expo coming up on Thursday April 30 in the Winthrop Undercroft. Find out what UWA can offer in the realm of health & wellbeing, professional development, reducing your tax, and even planning your next holiday!
Schedule a break and pop in between 10am & 2pm to chat to stallholders and join in the activities on offer including massages, health checks, cooking demonstrations and more! Just by coming you'll also have the chance to win a range of great prizes.

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Safety Culture and Leadership - Video

In this video presentation, Professor Hudson describes the three elements of culture—what we do, how we do it and why. He also explains how the elements of culture change depending on what level of the safety ladder people are at, and as they learn and progress. This presentation is for leaders, managers and work health and safety consultants however anyone with a passion for improving organisational performance will find this presentation insightful. https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/australian-strategy/vss/pages/patrick-hudson-culture-leadership

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Chemical Corner - (More) Dangerous When (Not) Wet

There’s a group of chemicals that are shipped ‘moistened’ or dampened with solvent. The solvent functions to desensitise the compound. With the solvent present the product acts, and is classified, as one class of dangerous goods; if the solvent dries up the product has become a different type of hazard!

The wetted product may be a dangerous good class 4.1 (flammable solid).
Examples of this are:

  • Picric acid
  • 2, 4-dinitrophenol
  • Nitrocellulose

Or it may be a dangerous goods class 5.2 (organic peroxide), for example: Benzoyl peroxide (DG5.2, organic peroxide) this is the active ingredient in many acne treatments – safely diluted of course!

If these chemicals dry out they become explosives and may be very sensitive to shock or impact (don’t drop or bump them!) or friction (unscrewing the cap has detonated some).

So how do you manage these items?

  • When you buy a product that is supplied wetted, check the SDS for information on what happens if it dries out.
  • Check these items regularly to be sure they are still sufficiently moistened, wet them if they seem to be drying out.
  • When you open the containers wash down the cap lid to make sure no residue remains in it and wipe the threads on the rim of the container with a wet cloth. Residues left in the threads of the cap or the container can dry out; twisting the cap next time it’s opened can supply sufficient friction to detonate crystals.
  • Don’t hoard these items – if you aren’t using it anymore then dispose of it or transfer responsibility to someone else. Left unattended these items will eventually dry out.
  • Smaller quantities may only carry the dangerous goods icon of their wetted class with no warning that dried out they are an explosive.

If you find an old chemical with ‘supplied dampened’ or ‘desensitised with’ or similar on its label, be cautious. Don’t move the product. Document as much information as you safely can and contact the Chemical Safety Officer and your area safety representatives – we’re here to help!

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 17th February 2015. The next meeting is on Tuesday 14th April 2015. 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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