Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter October 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 2016 and 2017
  2. Local Workplace Safety Induction
  3. UWA Annual Safety Awards 2016
  4. Laboratory Decommissioning Checklist - Project Cessation - Change Management
  5. Marking Written Work
  6. Staying Safe from Swooping Magpies
  7. Are You Bushfire Ready?
  8. Bushfire Monitoring
  9. Cyclone Contingency Plans
  10. Social and Christmas Functions
  11. Healthier End of Year Functions
  12. Sun Safety in the Workplace
  13. Working Safely in Hot Conditions
  14. University Safety Committee
  15. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters

Safety Related Training 2016 and 2017

  • Stress Management Workshop. This half day workshop looks at how to identify the
    sources of stress in your life and how to implement effective stress management techniques.

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Local Workplace Safety Induction

A Local Workplace Safety Induction pro-forma has been developed for use as a supplement to the
online Health and Safety Induction which addresses specific health and safety aspects of the local
workplace including:

  • Local rules
  • Information on first aid
  • Emergency equipment
  • Procedures
  • Introduction to management
  • Introduction to health and safety personnel

The Pro-Forma Workplace Specific Health and Safety Induction Record is still available for use and
can be used in the absence of the absence of the online Health and Safety Induction. Both may be
modified to suit specific local requirements.
https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/induction-and-training/online  

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UWA Annual Safety Awards 2016

The UWA Annual Safety Awards 2016 were presented on Monday 31st October by Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater.
The awards recognise initiatives, successful implementation of processes and outstanding service for work health and safety by groups and individuals.

  • The Group Safety Award was made to the Biochemistry Technical Staff, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • The Individual Safety Award was made to Roslyn Retallick, Facilities Manager at University Hall.
  • The Safety Leadership Award was made to Christine Richardson, Faculty Manager (Strategy and Planning) in the Faculty of Science.
  • The Safety Recognition Award was made to Rural Clinical School and Pete Wheeler, Outreach and Education Manager in the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
  • A special Lifetime Achievement Award was made to Lyall Munslow-Davies, Senior Physicist, in Safety Health and Wellbeing.

The awards were kindly sponsored by The Co-op and UniBank.
More information is available at: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/news/annual-safety-awards/safety-awards-2016  

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Laboratory Decommissioning Checklist - Project Cessation - Change Management

Laboratory Decommissioning Checklist assist areas to ensure that laboratories are left in a safe,
uncontaminated and hazard free condition upon completion of projects or when decommissioned.
Workers who subsequently use the laboratory must not be exposed to any residual physical,
electrical, chemical, radioactive or biological risks.
The checklist can be downloaded from: https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/laboratory .

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Marking Written Work

This guideline is designed to provide useful information for staff to prevent discomfort and muscle strain when marking written work, whether at home or in the office.
https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/physical/ergonomics/marking-work  

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Staying Safe from Swooping Magpies

Recommendation to avoid or reduce the impact of a swooping magpie includes:

  • Never deliberately provoke or harass a magpie. Throwing sticks or stones at magpies usually makes them more defensive.
  • Avoid areas where magpies are known to swoop. Remember, magpie aggression lasts only a few weeks and they usually only defend a small area of about 100 metre radius around their nest. If there are areas on campus where magpies are known to swoop try using an alternate route.
  • Locate the bird and keep watching it when entering a magpie territory. Magpies are less likely to swoop if they are being watched constantly or if people walk in a close group. If it swoops, don’t crouch in fear or stop, move on quickly but don’t run.
  • If you are riding a bike dismount and walk through nesting magpie territory, wear a helmet and fit an orange traffic flag to the bike.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses or carry a stick or umbrella to protect yourself. A magpie will attack from behind initially. When a Magpie is tricked into believing the target is alert, the attack may stop or may not even get started.
  • Adopt a confident stance towards the bird as this can have a strong deterrent effect. This response is most commonly used by adults but can easily be taught to children

https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/images/documents/plants-animals/animals/living-with-wildlife/35_magpies.pdf  
https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/livingwith/magpie_safe.html  

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Are You Bushfire Ready?

The Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) has essential information and advice to assist
you to Prepare, Act and Survive at this webpage:
https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/fire/bushfire/Pages/default.aspx  
Now is a good time to prepare including clearing gutters, over hanging trees, bush and flammable
material close to property. Contact UWA Campus Management if you require assistance on UWA sites.

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Bushfire Monitoring

Travel advice includes:

  • Stay up-to-date with the bushfire situation by listening to your local radio station and by monitoring the fire and emergency services websites
  • Ensure you are aware of the emergency procedures in place in higher risk areas. Personnel should adhere to any instructions issued by the authorities.
  • Those in higher risk areas should consider preparing a ‘grab bag' containing items such as a portable radio, high-energy food, photocopies of essential documents, maps of the area and a small amount of cash.
  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
  • Bushfires could cause network outages, which would affect emergency alerts sent to both landlines and mobiles. In this event, monitor the radio, television and internet for bushfire alerts.
  • Roads in the vicinity of bushfires may be closed without warning.

The following sites should be monitored where there is a risk of bushfire:

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Cyclone Contingency Plans

WA’s cyclone season officially begins on November 1. Given the uncertainty and unpredictability of
damage created by individual cyclones, employers in cyclone sensitive regions are urged, by
WorkSafe, to apply extreme caution with regard to exposing workers to the dangers associated with cyclones.
For more information see ‘Cyclone – Emergency preparation, planning and preparedness’:
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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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:
https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/health/nutrition/healthy-options  .
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:
    https://www.transport.uwa.edu.au/getting-to-uwa  
    to suggest routes for public transport, walking and cycling.
  • Providing opportunities for movement or standing as part of your event.

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Sun Safety in the Workplace

Outdoor workers are at increased risk from skin cancer and damage to the eyes because they often spend long periods of time working outdoors year after year.
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the major cause of skin cancer and eye damage.
Cancer Council WA in consultation with WorkSafe has produced a range of information to help manage the risks associated with working in the sun.
https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/sun-safety-workplace  

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Working Safely in Hot Conditions

Heat stress may affect people in all parts of Western Australia during our summer months and may affect workers at some workplaces throughout the year.
The effects of heat stress range from discomfort to life threatening illnesses such as heat stroke.
The following link has information on:

  • Heat stress
  • Why some people are more prone to heat illness
  • Reducing the risk of heat illness
  • Risk assessment
  • Treatment of heat illness

https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/working-safely-hot-conditions-heat-stress  

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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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