Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter May 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

  • UWA Smoke Free
  • Become a first aid officer
  1. Safety Related Training 2014
  2. Fire and Extinguisher Awareness - Online
  3. Defibrillator Training Unit
  4. Thermal Comfort - Portable Heaters
  5. Chemical Corner
  6. University Safety Committee
  7. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2014

  • Mental Health Awareness Training:
    • Workshop 2: Thursday 26 June
    • Workshop 3: Friday 22 August
    • Workshop 4: Friday 26 September
    • Workshop 5: Wednesday 19 November
  • Laboratory Safety Course (1 day) on Monday 21st July
  • Unsealed Radioisotope Handling Course (3 days) between Monday 14th and Thursday 17th July
  • Basic Resuscitation Course:
    • Workshop 4: Wednesday 09 July
    • Workshop 5: Thursday 10 July
    • Workshop 6: Friday 11 July
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    Fire and Extinguisher Awareness - Online

    The online Fire and Extinguisher Awareness unit has recently been uploaded on the University's Learning Management System (LMS). This presentation is for people in low fire risk areas such as offices. There is a quiz to complete at the end of the unit. You can then obtain your certificate of completion.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Actions to take before using an extinguisher, hose-reel or fire blanket
    • Determine whether it is safe and appropriate to use a fire extinguisher, hose-reel or fire blanket
    • Know what to do if a fire is unsafe or inappropriate to attack
    • Select the correct extinguisher to suit the fire being attacked
    • How to approach a fire
    • Understand the use of an extinguisher, hose-reel and fire blanket
    • Differences in technique used for common types of extinguishers
    • Actions to be taken when an extinguisher, hose-reel or fire blanket has been used

    This information will provide a sound basis for further training for those people who are at higher risk of fire (such as those working with flammable material, hot work, workshops, and laboratories) where training in use of equipment is recommended.

    For more information go to the following page:

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    Defibrillator Training Unit

    UWA Safety Health and Wellbeing now have a training Automated External Defibrillator (AED) available for loan. The Cardiac Science AED G3 Trainer is the same as the majority of AED’s on campus. It is a simulated AED for teaching basic rescue skills and correct defibrillation procedure to first responders. This trainer is available to enhance the practical application of defibrillators, for personnel who have undergone first aid training. It is suggested that groups where there are AEDs available get together to practice. The unit will need to be signed for and contents returned in a prescribed time frame so other groups will be able to use it.

    Contact Rebecca Joel: 6488 3938 [email protected]

    More information on defibrillators can be found at this page:

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    Thermal Comfort - Portable Heaters

    The University recognises that thermal comfort of a room space can be a very personal matter. Due to individual differences, it is difficult to specify a thermal environment to keep everyone comfortable all of the time. Whilst the use of portable heaters does increase the risk of electrical fire from unsafe use, and is an inefficient source of energy, these issues can be managed more effectively with some guidance. Campus Management has provided these guidelines for staff and students when purchasing and using a portable heater. These guidelines have important local work area responsibilities and information on safety, related to portable heaters.

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    Chemical Corner

    “If in doubt – chuck it out” is one of my favourite sayings. If the chemical is old, unused and has been sitting gathering dust for longer than anyone can remember then why is it still taking up space? Recent clean-outs have brought to light reagents that are 40, 50 and even 70 years old! Old chemicals can cause problems that will only increase the longer they are left to fester. When they’ve passed their use-by date then safe disposal is the best option for old chemicals.

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    University Safety Committee

    The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 8th April 2014. The next meeting is on Tuesday 10th June 2014. Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website.

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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: . All are encouraged to distribute relevant safety information in your workplaces.

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