Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter November 2018

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. University Annual Safety Awards 2018
  3. Social and Christmas Functions
  4. Healthier End of Year Functions
  5. Chemical Corner - Hair today may be gone tomorrow!
  6. Staff Movements
  7. Jobs
  8. University Safety Committee
  9. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  10. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training

No more face to face courses for 2018, but there are many online units available through the Blackboard LMS

  • Basic Warden Training
  • Due Diligence (Important for all Senior Leaders)
  • Fire and Extinguisher Awareness

It is required for all staff to complete the Online Safety Induction every 3 years so if you are getting close, log into ELMO and tick it off before you get reminders in your inbox.

Also available at the above link are courses on Bullying in the Workplace and Sexual Harassment Awareness.

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University Annual Safety Awards 2018

Safety Awards have been awarded on an annual basis and the intent of this program is recognise outstanding contributions in work health and safety at the University and its affiliates.

Categories and Criteria

  • Individual Safety Award – This category recognises outstanding contributions by individual employees (including leaders) in establishing and maintaining high standards of occupational safety and health activities and achievements within the University and affiliates.
  • Safety Recognition Award – This category may be for groups or individuals. Nominations may be made to recognise the efforts of current safety personnel or for a recently completed safety related activity or project. Nomination Process and Timing

We have received a range of excellent and worthy nominations for the above. The awards will be presented at 9:30am on the 12th December on the Fini Family Terrace at the Reid Library.

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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:  

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Healthier End of Year Functions

As planning gets underway for end of year celebrations, a reminder to ensure there are healthy choices on offer. Ideas of healthier options can be found on our healthy eating web pages: .
Other things you can do to hold a healthier event include:

  • Providing sun protection (e.g. shaded areas) where relevant, and/or encouraging participants to wear or bring personal sun protection items
  • Providing participants with information on active or public transport options. For an event on campus promote our transport website:  to suggest routes for public transport, walking and cycling.
  • Providing opportunities for movement or standing as part of your event.

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Chemical Corner - Hair today may be gone tomorrow!


Long hair must be tied back!
No; long hair must be restrained.
Free swinging plaits and tails can be dangerous. I have seen a plait whip through a Bunsen flame; ponytails dip into beakers; and tied back tresses tangle round a drill press bit. Those tresses where mine. I had hair past my hips till I was 20; pulling it back into a long tail was useless. My teacher stopped the press before I was hurt and I became really good at putting my hair into a bun. If your hair is getting into your work when it’s tied back it’s at best a nuisance and at worst a hazard; it needs to be restrained.

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Staff Movements

Christine Chernoff - Safety Systems and Compliance Adviser will be on parental leave for the next 12 months.

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You could become part of the SH&W Team and contribute to these newsletters.

12 month fixed term position as an Injury Management Consultant

Also available to external parties so feel free to share.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on 30th October 2018. The next Meeting is on 12th December 2018.
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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Wellbeing eNews

A reminder that the Wellbeing eNews is now available with lots of great tips and events to help you improve your health wellbeing. Click here to subscribe

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