Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter March 2017

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.

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  1. Safety Related Training 2017 - Online Registrations Required
  2. Welcoming a New Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Provider - PeopleSense
  3. New Health and Safety Representatives
  4. UWA Bike Week Breakfast
  5. Influenza Vaccines available soon at the University Medical Centre
  6. Chemical Corner
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2017 - Online Registrations Required

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Welcoming a New Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Provider - PeopleSense

From 1 April 2017 PeopleSense will be UWA's new external EAP provider. PeopleSense employ registered psychologists with extensive experience in EAP counselling and workplace consulting. Their services include face-to-face; telephone or online support, as well as a Manager Assistance Program.

For clients already receiving support from Optum (first session on/before 31 March 2017), sessions with your counsellor will continue until completed. Any new clients phoning Optum from 1 April will be re-directed to PeopleSense. The University’s internal EAP provider - UWA Counselling Service still remains.

Visit the Employee Assistance Program webpage for further information and contact details:
https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/health/eap  

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New Health and Safety Representatives

The annual call for nominations for workplaces where the HSR position was either vacant or the current representative's term expires at the end of March 2017 was made on 1th March. The following new HSR are appointed and are currently in the process of being registered with WorkSafe WA. Congratulations to our new Health and Safety Representatives:

  • Ms Dumindi Dalugoda, Harry Perkins
  • Mr Guy Eddington, School of Design, FABLE
  • Ms Maggie Fields, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Division

https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives/nominations

https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/staff-support/safety-and-health-representatives  

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UWA Bike Week Breakfast

Thank you to all who attended the UWA Bike Week Breakfast on Friday 24th March.
In total 1020km were cycled to the event by UWA staff and students. Cyclists were met with a delicious breakfast provided by the University Club and some expert advice on bicycle maintenance from the Bike Doctor. We heard from Campus Management’s Associate Director of Maintenance & Operations, George Anderson and Executive Director of Corporate Services, Pranay Lodhiya on the range of facilities and resources available to support active and sustainable transport at UWA.
More information on these resources can be found on the Cycling webpage. We look forward to hosting an even bigger and better Bike Week in 2018.

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Influenza Vaccines available soon at the University Medical Centre

The University Medical Centre will be participating in the 2017 Influenza immunisation Program.
Here are just a few facts about this year’s program before they roll out the formal “Flu Clinics” in May 2017:

  • To optimize protection, the preferred time to administer influenza vaccine in WA is from May to mid-June each year.

Recent evidence suggests protection against influenza may start to decrease from 3 to 4 months following vaccination. Surveillance data from WA indicate that the ‘influenza season’ typically begins in July and runs through October each year. Given this, the optimal time to vaccinate against influenza in WA would be in May and June. Exceptions to this guidance may include persons in northern WA (where influenza season may start earlier), pregnant women who may be in the third trimester prior to May, and travellers to areas where influenza circulates earlier.

  • Composition of the 2017 government-funded influenza vaccines

The 2017 influenza vaccines contain antigens from the following four virus strains:
· A (H1N1): A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09 like virus– changed from 2016
· A (H3N2): A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2) like virus– unchanged from 2016
· B Victoria lineage: B/Brisbane/60/2008 like virus– unchanged from 2016
· B Yamagata lineage: B/Phuket/3073/2013 like virus– unchanged from 2016.

  • Eligibility for government-funded influenza vaccines & Commonwealth-funded influenza vaccine.

Eligibility for Commonwealth-funded vaccines for 2017 is unchanged from 2016
The following individuals are eligible to receive Commonwealth-funded influenza vaccine
· Pregnant women (any trimester)
· Persons 65 years of age or older
· Aboriginal people aged at least 6 months but less than 5 years; or 15 years or older
· Individuals aged six months or over with medical conditions that place them at risk for complications of influenza, specifically:

  • cardiac disease
  • chronic respiratory conditions
  • chronic neurological conditions
  • immunocompromising conditions
  • diabetes and other metabolic disorders
  • renal disease
  • haematological disorders
  • children aged six months to 10 years receiving long term aspirin therapy.

So make sure you consider vaccination against the Flu this year and keep informed about the University Medical Centre “Flu Clinics” for 2017.
Please book online at: https://www.student.uwa.edu.au/life/health/medical-centre/appointments  

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Chemical Corner

Hello Hoarders! I know you’re out there… I’ve seen so many of you that I can separate you into different types. Which one are you?
Are you:

  • keeping the forty year old bottle coz you’re ‘going to use it’?
  • too busy to sort out that collection of stuff left by Prof X (who retired in the 80’s!)
  • too junior to send stuff for disposal
  • too senior to know there’s stuff that should be sent for disposal
  • wondering “what stuff?”
  • Or maybe you’re the overworked tech – not a hoarder yourself – but you need time to get the chemicals ready for disposal (and a barricaded secret storage place protected from the hoarders prior to disposal)

I understand hoarding. I am a hoarder…… ask me about my collections of jelly moulds, cook books, fabrics and mushroom kitsch! I’m not proud but I’m also not harming anyone; though my son does claim the kitsch causes him mental anguish!
The problem with chemical hoarding isn’t just that a few chemicals become unstable as they age. It’s that the longer a reagent hangs around the less likely it is that it will be used and the more likely it is that the people around won’t know it’s there at all. Containers age, labels deteriorate, proprietary products change their formulation but not always their brand names. You can’t guard against unknown hazards… but you can dispose of the old, unwanted and unused chemicals cluttering up your work area.
So take advantage of the Chemical Waste Collections. The first one will be held in July.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 21st February 2017. The next meeting is on Tuesday 11th April 2017.
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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