Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Newsletter September 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. Chemical Corner - PPE or Karen - Dr Laurton McGurk
  6. University Safety Committee
  7. 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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Chemical Corner - PPE or Karen - Dr Laurton McGurk


Here we are in 2020 and mainstream media is asking why people don’t wear PPE?
In Bunnings!
Lab safety people have asked this for as long as there’s been PPE.
In the 2010s “getting scientists to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in the laboratory is a daily struggle”.
In the 2000s “injuries most commonly occur, or are exacerbated by, a failure to procure and/or use appropriate protective equipment.”
The 1990s “The primary preventable risk factor for laboratory injuries is the failure to use, or use effectively, personal safety attire.”
1980s - “These injuries could have been prevented or diminished if safety equipment provided was worn.”
The 1970s “It is deplorable that there still exist academic institutions which do not enforce the wearing of safety glasses/goggles in the laboratory.”
Not wearing your PPE puts you at risk of death, injury and disfigurement.
But in 2020 you face a new risk – joining the “living breathing woman” and the other KARENS* surely this is unacceptable?

*hugs to all the Non-KAREN Karens out there.

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University Safety Committee

The University Safety Committee last met on Tuesday 18th August 2020. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 14th October 2020.
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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