Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter November 2016

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 2017
  2. UWA Health and Safety Objectives and Targets
  3. Weather Warning - Above Average Number of Cyclones
  4. Social and Christmas Functions
  5. Chemical Corner - We're watching your R's
  6. University Safety Committee
  7. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2017

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UWA Health and Safety Objectives and Targets

At the end of Quarter 3, 2016 Q3

  • Training completion rates have been improving with 36% (28% in Q2) of Executives and Senior Management completing the Online Due Diligence course, 37% (32% in Q2) of Senior Management completing the WHS for Managers and Supervisors course and 45% (40% in Q2) of employees having completed the UWA Health and Safety Online Induction. There are positive trends in these completions rates towards the targets of 80%.
  • At the University level incident reporting (notification and completion/close out) rates have deteriorated with
    • Submission of Part 1 of the incident report has fallen with 38% (62% in Q2) being received within 24 hrs of the incidents.
    • Submission of Part 2, closure of the incident investigation has fallen with 29% (42% in Q2) being received by Safety, Health and Wellbeing within 5 days.

Key actions that can be taken towards achieving the objectives and targets for work areas include:

  • Ensure all incidents, hazards and near misses are reported within the required time (one day) and recommended actions implemented in a timely manner
  • Require all staff complete the Online Health and Safety Induction - New staff are required to have completed this within 2 weeks of commencement
  • Require all managers and supervisors to attend the Work Health and Safety for Managers & Supervisors course - Note that in addition to regular scheduled courses we are able to conduct dedicated workshop sessions (1/2 day) in your work area

For Executives and senior management - complete the Online Due Diligence course

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Weather Warning - Above Average Number of Cyclones

"The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast an above-average number of tropical cyclones in the waters off the north-west coast this season. But it only takes one cyclone to cause significant damage and suffering, as demonstrated by the tragic circumstances surrounding Cyclone George in 2007 …." Whether the workplace is a fishing vessel or in a land-based location, everyone should be trained in the cyclone contingency plan and follow all instructions given when a cyclone is approaching" (WorkSafe acting executive director Chris Kirwin). More information: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/cyclone-emergency-preparation-planning-and-preparedness     

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Social and Christmas Functions

Work related social events can be particularly enjoyable and are a way of developing better working relationships.
Don't allow this possibility to be spoiled. By being aware of, and being prepared for the potential unintended consequences,
many of the risks associated with these events can be reduced or removed. For further information see:
https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/policy/social  

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Chemical Corner - We're watching your R's

We’ll Miss You!
You’re leaving UWA - There are cheesy farewell cards to read (who was Larry?), the stationery to pack up, and papers to sort. People you’ll miss and those you’ll be glad to put behind you.
And a laboratory or workshop that stays here.
Please take some time thinking about what is in there. Dr Singh and I are familiar with the ‘unknowns’ and the ‘oh my goodness’s that surface at every chemical disposal. We also see them at the R’s Relocation, Retirement and now Renewal. Obviously you can’t pack up your reagents with your paperclips or out on the kerb-side collection. But then even the most dangerous stationery isn’t going to do worse than give someone a paper cut. So before you wave goodbye sort out the chemicals and let the only surprise be how much we miss you!

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday the 11th October 2016. The next meeting is on Tuesday 13th December 2016.
Approved minutes from previous meetings are available from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing website.
https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/people/committees/safety

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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:
https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/newsletter .
All are encouraged to distribute relevant safety information in your workplaces.

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