Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter March 2021

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 Induction Training
  4. Events at UWA
  5. Chemical Corner - The Book is Old and Heavy
  6. Safety and Health Representatives
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training

  • Unsealed Radioisotope Handling Course (3 days) from 20th July 2021 in Room G25 Physics
    This is designed to provide participants with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable them to safely handle radioisotopes in a research environment.All new unsealed radioisotope users at UWA are required to have attended and passed this course within the first year of using radioisotopes, preferably before they start such work.The course satisfies the training requirements for a licence for unsealed radioactive substances (research) under the Radiation Safety Act 1975.

  • Online Safety Induction now in LMS
    It is required for all staff to complete the Online Safety Induction every 3 years so if you are getting close, see instructions at:  

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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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Events at UWA

With activities on Campus returning to near normal there are requests for how to run events in the current climate.

The latest version of the UWA Covid-19 Events Checklist:

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Chemical Corner - The Book is Old and Heavy - Dr Laurton McGurk


The book is old and heavy. Published in 1957. 1190 pages of ‘Practical Organic Chemistry including Qualitative Organic Analysis with diagrams and 8 photographs’ and is seriously fascinating.

The preface to this, the third edition, notes that “we have found it prudent to supplement this edition with a brief section (II,53) detailing Safety Precautions and an appendix, (A,6) outlining Laboratory Accidents and First Aid”. Brief!! All up there’s five pages including some scary advice:

  • Don’t use carbon tetrachloride fire extinguishers fires in small laboratories as the phosgene that may form won’t dissipate in the confined space (and people will die!)
  • Don’t allow fellow students who’s clothing has caught fire to “run about and fan the flames”….
  • Remember to have sufficient butesin picrate on hand (At the time you could buy this in 5 lb jars. It is awesome stuff; shame about its a strange propensity to induce severe allergic reactions…. Oh, and picrates are very bouncy!)

In sixty years will our professional descendants view our standards with amused horror. I hope so. That’s progress. Without it we’d still be reaching for the phosgene-generating fire extinguisher!

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Safety and Health Representatives

Wondering how to become or select a Safety and Health Representative in your area?
Or you are a Safety and Health Representative looking for information?
Check out the Worksafe website:  

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Wednesday 14th October 2020. The next meeting is to be held on 6th April 2021.
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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