Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter November 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. Seasons Greeting
  2. UWA Safety Awards 2014
  3. Developments in OSH in WA - the Green Bill podcast
  4. Cyclone Contingency Plans
  5. Celebrate Safely
  6. Skin Cancer Seminar
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Seasons Greeting

The team at Safety, Health and Wellbeing wish all staff, students and contractors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We thank those who have assisted Safety, Health and Wellbeing, and strived to make the University a safer and healthier place to work.

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UWA Safety Awards 2014

The UWA Safety Awards 2014 were presented on Thursday 30th October by Prof Dawn Freshwater, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The awards recognise initiatives, successful implementation of processes and outstanding service for safety and health by groups and individuals.

  • The Group Safety Award was made to the School of Animal Biology
  • The Individual Safety Award was made to Alex Scholz (Campus Management)
  • The Safety Leadership Award was made to Geraldine Pieterse (Rural Clinical School)
  • The Safety Recognition Award was made to joint winners Greg Cawthray (School of Plant Biology) and Lorraine Wilson (School of Earth and Environment)

All Individual Finalists received a framed certificate. The Winners received a framed certificate, gift vouchers kindly sponsored by the University Co-operative Bookshop and UniCredit. For further information on the awards please see:

An article on the awards will appear in UWA News in due course.

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Developments in OSH in WA - the Green Bill podcast

Have you been unable to attend an information session on the Developments in OSH in WA - The Green Bill and would like to know more about it? A podcast of the session held on 12 November 2014 is now available.

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Cyclone Contingency Plans

WA’s cyclone season has now begun, and businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure contingency plans are established and in operation. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said it was crucial that everyone on sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area.“The cyclone season officially began on November 1, and under workplace safety and health laws, employers must have adequate plans in place and provide adequate training to protect workers in the event of a cyclone,” Mr Munns said.
Cyclone – Emergency preparation, planning and preparedness:

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Celebrate Safely

When many workplaces are planning work functions to celebrate the festive season, it may be timely to visit the Australian Drug Foundation which has produced some valuable information to assist your workplace to have a safe event. Issues relating to alcohol and drug use cost Australian workplaces an estimated $6 billion a year, mainly arising from lost productivity, absenteeism, injuries in the workplace and death. As we approach the festive season it’s a good time to think about how your own workplace, as well as those within your community, can organise safe parties.

Tips on planning a safe workplace party:

For further information see:

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Skin Cancer Seminar

Friday December 12: 10am-11am. Webb Lecture Theatre, Geology & Geography.
Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. This workshop aims to increase your knowledge of the different types of skin cancer and most importantly, how you can reduce your risk. Highly recommended if you work outdoors or spend a good deal of your leisure time outside. Presented by Clinton Heal, founder of Melanoma WA, who was himself diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in 2005. This is a free event flor staff and affiliates. RSVPs requested online.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 14th October 2014. The next meeting is on Tuesday 9th December 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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