Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter November 2020

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 2020
  2. RiskWare - Online Hazard and Incident Reporting - Training
  3. UWA COVID-19 Induction Training
  4. Events at UWA
  5. New CASA Drone Registration Rules
  6. Research Online Application Portal (ROAP) - Biosafety Office
  7. Chemical Corner - Deck the labs with hazmat signage!! - Dr Laurton McGurk
  8. University Safety Committee
  9. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training

  • Online Safety Induction
    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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RiskWare - Online Hazard and Incident Reporting - Training

Training at your location is available by request - contact David Thatcher

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UWA COVID-19 Awareness Induction Training

Before returning to campus, staff and HDR Students must complete the UWA COVID-19 Awareness and Induction. If you have already resumed working on campus/site, you should complete the induction (a short video which will help you stay safe). Managers will ensure completion and clarify any queries.  

Useful posters and template below:

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Events at UWA

With activities on Campus returning to near normal there are requests for how to run events in the current climate.

The latest version of the UWA Covid-19 Events Checklist:

Event notifications must be made at least 10 working days BEFORE the scheduled event to ensure they can be properly reviewed.
Event Notification Form

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New CASA Drone Registration Rules - that capture all drone use at UWA are now active.

You need to ensure that all drones are registered before 28th January 2021.

What is Drone Registration?:

  • From 28th January 2021, all drones used for business or as part of your job are required to be registered.
  • This captures any use of a drone as part of work, research, teaching or studies at UWA, and includes all drones whether used through the ReOC or under the <2kg excluded-class commercial rules (or use of a personal drone during UWA work/time).
  • Registration needs to be completed by 28/1/2021, and is free for drones registered before 30th June 2021.
  • Registration lasts for 1 year, and you will need to re-register (or de-register drones annually).
  • After 28th January 2021, an authorised representative of CASA or member of the Australian Federal Police or State and Territory police services can ask for your certificate of registration. You can be fined if you fly an unregistered drone for business or as part of your job. The fine is up to $11,100.

How do I register my drone?:

  • Information on how to register your drone is at the CASA website:  
  • There is a useful video showing you how to do this through the myCASA portal
  • You will need:
  • Once registered, you will need to store and print the drone registration

I operate under the <2kg Commercial Excluded class (UWA Drone Protocol), what do I do?:

  • Register, manage and maintain your drone registration in the myCASA portal
  • Email a copy of the registration to [email protected]
  • If you dispose of the drone, or you are no longer using it (e.g. epic crash!!), transfer the ownership or de-register the drone within the myCASA portal.

I hold a RePL and operate under the UWA ReOC, what do I do?:

  • You have two options (the preference is #1 – that you manage the registration of your own (i.e. not part of the remote sensing platform) drones:
    1. You can register the drone against your own ARN profile in myCASA, and then email a copy of the registration details to the Chief Remote Pilot [email protected]
    2. You can send the make, model, S/N and type information to the Chief Remote Pilot [email protected] , who will register the drone under the UWA Organisational ARN

For more information, please consult the CASA website on drone registration, or email [email protected] .

An information session on drone use at UWA will be run in early 2021. For support on drone questions, email [email protected] .

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Research online Application Portal (ROAP) - Biosafety Office

UWA’s Research Online Application Portal (ROAP) is now open.
All staff, students and UWA affiliated adjuncts can access the system by using your Pheme credentials in the login box.
Please submit your OGTR (Exempt Dealing and NLRD) and Biohazard applications via ROAP  
If you need any help with GMO or biohazardous materials, please contact [email protected]  

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Chemical Corner - Deck the labs with hazmat signage!! - Dr Laurton McGurk


It’s that time of year! I’m dusting off my belled hat…… (Stop whinging Dave; it just encourages me)
Presents are wrapped, pies are made, and the cake is reading for icing.
I’m planning a long relaxing break working my way through the TBR (to be read) book collection.
Don’t spoil it.
Update contact info and your hazmat signage. Top up spill and first aid kits. Turn off everything that should be off; leave what should be on turned on over the break. If you have to come in over the Holiday’s check in with your safety team’s requirements. Stay safe.
I want Christmas cards not incident reports; shrieking children not wailing sirens and bare toes not safety boots.
To you and yours, from me and mine we wish you ‘all the best for Christmas and the New Year.’

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Wednesday 14th October 2020. The next meeting is TBA.
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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