Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter September 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. Chemical Corner - Dr Laurton McGurk
  3. WorkSafe WA Safety and Health Workshops in October 2018
  4. Emergency Drill Wrap Up
  5. University Safety Committee
  6. Previous Safety and Health Newsletters
  7. 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.
    https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/induction-and-training/courses/unsealed-radioisotope  

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Chemical Corner - Dr Laurton McGurk

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Signs! We need them. It’s a balancing act. Too many signs and we tune them out; we get ‘sign overload’. A good sign is placed so you see it as you approach the hazard. It tells you what the hazard is or what you need to do to avoid it, and where emergency exits or equipment are located.

Bad signs leave you wondering.

The worst sign isn’t there at all.

I had an amusing experience in a London tube station. Standing on the platform I could see several large red, white, and black signs announcing “WARNING! DANGER OF DEATH” Efficient signage but not effective as I had no idea what sort of death. Would I be electrocuted? Or sliced by a train? Trampled by bowler-hatted ‘men from the City”? This seem likely in rush hour. Although I survived unscathed, I realised explicit signage is essential.

Walk through an area and look for signs. Imagine you need a first aid kit, a spill kit, a fire extinguisher. What hazards are around you? What PPE should you be wearing? See the signs? If you can’t, how will you see them when you need to?

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WorkSafe WA Safety and Health Workshops in October 2018

WorkSafe Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety are conducting a range of workshops from presenters with a wealth of occupational safety and health industry experience and expertise, as part of Safe Work Month. https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/safety-and-health-workshops-2018  

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Emergency Drill Wrap Up

Thank you to all staff who participated in the Emergency Drill exercises in September. Individual area reports will be sent out soon, but overall the assessor was pleased with warden response times and effective clearing of areas.
A special thank you to Mathematics, The Ken and Julie Michael Building, and The Barry J. Marshall Library teams who continued to expand our knowledge and testing of the Lock-out system.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on 24th July 2018. The next Meeting is on 30th October 2018.
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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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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