Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter November 2015

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 2015
  2. UWA Electrical Worker"s Permit Training 2016
  3. UWA Health and Safety Objectives and Targets Program
  4. National Asbestos Awareness Month
  5. The OHS Professional Capability Framework. A Global Framework for Practice
  6. Busting the Health and Safety Myths
  7. Chemical Corner
  8. University Safety Committee
  9. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2015

  • Work Health and Safety for Managers and Supervisors course, new format with one half day workshop (NOTE - ONLINE COMPONENTS ARE REQUIRED TO BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO ATTENDANCE). Centrally organised workshops in 2016 are scheduled for: Friday 15th January, Tuesday 23rd February, Thursday 21st April, Thursday 21st July and Tuesday 8th November 2016. Local Workplace organised workshops can be arranged with Safety, Health and Wellbeing. For information on workshops go to this webpage:,-health-and-safety-for-managers-and-supervisors-course

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UWA Electrical Worker's Permit Training 2016

During 2015 training was arranged for 24 persons and 20 of these now hold permits from Energy Safety (WA) to assemble, test and verify the safety of low voltage electrical equipment used in University laboratories and research facilities.
The training required to become eligible to apply for the permit consists of 3 courses:

  1. Plug and Socket Course from College of Electrical Training (CET) at Business Unit cost
  2. PAT testing Course from CET at Business Unit cost, followed by
  3. UWA In-House Electrical Training Course paid for by Safety, Health & Wellbeing.

It is intended to run the UWA In-House Electrical Training Course around June 2016. Potential candidates need to have completed the two CET courses before then. As the CET only runs their courses when they have sufficient enrolments, candidates need to obtain their Business Unit approvals soon, so that they can get on the CET’s waiting lists.

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UWA Health and Safety Objectives and Targets Program

During 2015 the University adopted a new Health and Safety Objectives and Targets program to help improve work health and safety understanding, compliance and engagement. At this stage the relevant Central / Faculty management only are being provided with their data as at the end of September 2015. Key actions that can be taken towards achieving the objectives and targets for work areas include:

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National Asbestos Awareness Month

November is Asbestos Awareness Month which aims to raise awareness of the need to handle asbestos safely during home renovations and maintenance. All homeowners, renovators and tradies need to be aware of the risks when disturbing asbestos materials and to avoid exposing themselves, their families or their customers to airborne asbestos fibres.  also see Beware Asbestos web app:

For asbestos management at UWA please refer to:

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The OHS Professional Capability Framework. A Global Framework for Practice

The International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organisations (Inshpo) recently released the OHS Professional Capability Framework, A Global Framework for Practice OHS. For OHS Professionals it helps provides the context, role (dimensions, domains with explanatory comments), knowledge and skill (personal, professional practice, professional technical skills) requirements. Its target audiences are: OHS professional organisations, OHS professionals, OHS educators, employers and recruiters, OHS regulators and the community to help clarify the OHS Professional (University level educated) role.

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Busting the Health and Safety Myths

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ran a Myth Busters Challenge by independently challenging advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety, believed to be disproportionate or inaccurate. A conclusion from the program was that 45% of health and safety myths come done to poor customer service.

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Chemical Corner

“No eating and drinking in laboratory” is compliance of regulations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Schedule 9, Part 2), a common instinct and an inherent part of good conduct being practiced at most UWA laboratories.
“Eating and drinking” refers not only to consumption of food but also the storage of utensils and containers and extends to applying cosmetics, taking medicine, adjusting lenses etc. i.e. anything that can pose the risk of introducing hazardous substances into the human body.
However, every now and then, we encounter coffee mugs or drink bottles amidst laboratory glassware. A few laboratories unpleasantly surprised us with drawers full of china, cutlery, wine glasses, wine bottles, edible sugar, salt, tea kettles, and coffee plungers etc. – enough to host a party.
This is a complete NO! As an injury prevention measure, to avoid accidental ingestion of contaminated foodstuff, we may recommend suspension of teaching or research activities in such laboratories. This would be consistent with our duty of care.
Don’t let ‘convenience’ overcome reason and compromise health and safety. Walk to your nearest tea room for a break.
If you are after some “No food and drink in this refrigerator” stickers, please email [email protected] .

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 13th October 2015. The next meeting is on Tuesday 8th December 2015. 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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