Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter March 2018

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. Traffic Light Reporting (Jul - Dec 2017)
  3. Safety Objectives and Targets
  4. Chemical Corner - No Shoes, No Coat, No Entry
  5. Happiness
  6. Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) Staffing News
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  9. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training

  • Building and Area Warden Training
    Emergency evacuation drills will be in early April. 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.

  • Work Health and Safety for Managers and Supervisors course (1/2 Day workshop).
    (NOTE - Online modules (5) must be completed prior to attendance).
    The next centrally organised workshop is on Wednesday 18th July 2018.
    Local Workplace organised workshops can be arranged with Safety, Health and Wellbeing. (Min 10 Participants)
    For information on WHS managers and supervisors course and to register:,-health-and-safety-for-managers-and-supervisors-course

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Traffic Light Reporting (Jul - Dec 2017)

Traffic Light Reports for the July – December period 2017 are being compiled and will be presented at the next UWA Safety Committee meeting. Thank you to the safety teams across the university who have worked together to ensure the continuous improvement on these scores. All areas are ranking above the 2.0 average score we aim for in our Objectives and Targets. As always SH&W are here to help in any areas your section wants assistance with.

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Safety Objectives and Targets

Objectives and Targets reporting from 2017 are in the process of being compiled. Don’t forget, if you are a manager or supervisor you should have entered (or had an assistant enter for you) your safety activities for 2017.
Updated instructions on how to complete this can be found at the following link.  

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Chemical Corner - No Shoes, No Coat, No Entry

When my parents arrived in Perth they were refused service at the Kings Park café – my Mother wasn’t wearing stockings! My Dad was issued an infringement notice at the Crawley baths (Matilda Bay) because the side panel of his bathers wasn’t at least six inches. The ‘permissive Australian’ culture they’d been warned about when leaving the UK apparently hadn’t reached 1960s Perth. When invited to His Majesty’s Theatre they arrived in faultless evening dress to find everyone else in sundresses and slacks….confusion reigned. Laboratories have a dress code but it’s very simple and straight forward. Wrong shoes….OUT….no lab coat…. OUT…..strictly white coat only! Not wearing eye protection….OUT, OUT, OUT. Eye injuries are soooo passé. Gloves – choose the right ones.... or…..OUT. Management not only reserves the right we are obligated to refuse entry to inappropriately attired laboratory patrons.

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The World Happiness Report for 2018 was just released and Australia ranks 10th in the world, quite an achievement as all 9 of the countries ahead of us never have 40 degree temperatures.  

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Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) Staffing News

Mr Mike Rafferty, Associate Director, Safety, Health and Wellbeing will leave the University on 5th April after 23 years of dedicated service. Mike has provided great leadership and management of safety, health and wellbeing programs including: Ensuring the University has a comprehensive set of work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures, guidance, advice and professional support; WHS information and training (including management), specialised and online training and courses; Hazards, incident and injury management reporting, investigation and action; Safety risk management planning with priority on chemical, contractor, electrical, fieldwork (including boating and diving), laboratory, manual handling, radiation and travel activities; Promotion and support of WHS personnel and consultations (Safety and Health Representatives, Safety Committees, Safety Awards); Injury management program including plans, ergonomic assessment and equipment provision; Health and Wellbeing (introduced 2012), Employee Assistance Program and employee case management programs; Positive trends in workers’ compensation lost time injuries with Loss Time Injury Frequency Rate reduction from 9.4 to 1.2; Positive trends in workers’ compensation claims costs with at least 25% reduction 2016 vs 2012; Emergency management including plans, procedures, training, exercises, equipment (defibrillators); Internal audit and inspection programs; Benchmarking, Traffic Light and WHS Objectives and Targets programs; and Reporting of activities and outcomes (regular management WHS reporting, University Safety Committee Annual Reports, monthly newsletters).

Ms Andrea Roelofs, Senior Consultant, Injury Management will leave the University on 12th April after nearly 2 years of dedicated service. Andrea has supported many workers with non-work related health conditions as well as providing assistance with health, wellbeing and workers’ compensation management. Andrea will soon be taking up a senior safety management role elsewhere.

We thank Mike and Andrea for all their immense effort and great work and wish them all the very best for the future.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday 12th December 2017. The next meeting is to be advised.
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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