Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter October 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. Research Online Application Portal (ROAP) - Biosafety Office
  6. Chemical Corner - What's in a name? - Dr Laurton McGurk
  7. University Safety Committee
  8. 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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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 - What's in a name? - Dr Laurton McGurk


A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. A rose without a name? Beware of the thorns….
A chemical without a name? A bottle without a label? Risks? Hazards? Storage? No name – we know nothing. When we have no idea what’s in there we are forced to assume it’s very nasty….mostly it’s not but it takes time to work and money to establish this.
The only time you can legally have an unlabelled chemical in a laboratory is if it will be used immediately, will not be left unattended and the container will be immediately disposed of or cleaned once emptied.
In the lab nameless flowers aren’t sweet; stop and label the roses.

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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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