Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter October 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. Manual Handling
  4. Overseas Travel and Work
  5. Chemical Corner - Label or Lose it!
  6. New Team Member
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  9. Wellbeing eNews

Safety Related Training

  • Unsealed Radioisotope Handling Course
    (3 days) from 19th November 2018 in G25 Physics This is designed to provide participants with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable them to safely handle radioisotopes in a research environment. All new unsealed radioisotope users at UWA are required to have attended and passed this course within the first year of using radioisotopes, preferably before they start such work. The course satisfies the training requirements for a licence for unsealed radioactive substances (research) under the Radiation Safety Act 1975.  

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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

Nominations will open from 5 November 2018 until 30 November 2018. Nominations should be directed to [email protected]  identifying the category of the award and providing a brief outline of the nature of the challenge and strategies put in place. An award morning tea will be held in the week commencing 10 December 2018.

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Manual Handling

The next manual handling course on November 13th has already been booked out, but due to high levels of interest we will be running further courses.

Please indicate your interest by signing up on the following page.  

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Overseas Travel and Work

Any overseas work or study by UWA Staff or Students must be approved by the relevant Head of School or section. Guidelines, checklists and risk assessments must be completed and can be found at the following link:

UWA authorised travellers have access to 24/7 medical, security and traveller assistance as well as pre departure information and advice.

UWA staff who are travelling to or through higher risk countries will receive a Pre Travel Advisory email 30 days (or less if intended travel is within 30 days) prior to their departure. This email will outline country related information, what risks you should be aware and how to contact Healix during your trip should you need assistance.

For the most up to date travel and security information and to find out whether your destination is high risk you can:

  1. Visit their website and create your own user profile (Policy Number: UWA16349)
  2. Install the Travel Oracle App on your phone
  3. Contact Healix International on 07 3164 9532 or via email at [email protected]  for non-urgent enquiries

If you have any issues using the website or require assistance whilst travelling please contact Healix International on +61 (0)7 3164 9532 or via email at [email protected] .

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Chemical Corner - Label or Lose it!


It’s a sad tale; seven years of hard work thrown out. A tragedy involving 35 kg of lizard faecal samples and a rubbish skip. A heartbroken grad student confessed that the samples ‘weren’t well labelled - but surely someone should have realised their value!’

Sorry but it’s really hard to distinguish critical samples, crucial chemical mixes, and treasured reference reagents from a pile of crap IF IT ISN’T LABELLED!

All that time collecting, compounding, culturing and collating wasted. Spend a little time labelling or a lot of time wishing you had.

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New Team Member


Safety Health and Wellbeing has a new team member in Paul Magill. Paul fills the role of Work Health and Safety Specialist, and will focus on radiation and chemical issues.

He has a strong background in radiation safety having worked in both private and government organisations. A keen motorcyclist he is also an avid traveller so hit him up for a story about far flung locations he has visited.

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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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