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In accordance with clause 4.1.4 of the Enterprise Agreement, leave loading payments will be made to eligible staff on pay day 6 December 2019.

The calculation of annual leave loading is based on 17.5% of four (4) weeks of your salary. This will be capped at the Higher Education Officer Level 9 step 1, except where shift and penalty rates would be greater. Annual leave loading will be calculated on a pro-rata basis according to the actual period worked in the current calendar year.

For further information, please contact the HR Service Centre.

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Following a recent discussion at the HSW Community of Practice, it was identified that there have been instances where the University and another organisation have a collaborative project and arrangement in place, but the responsibilities for HSW have not been clearly defined at the commencement of the project.  This becomes problematic during day-to-day operations and especially in the event of a re-portable incident (e.g. a Notifiable Occurrence), as neither party may have clear understanding of whom is responsible for what components of safety.

A recent incident at a government run research centre highlighted this issue and the University received a notice from the regulator as we were unable to demonstrate that we had discussed and agreed the safety responsibilities with our collaborative partner.

It should be noted that both organisations have responsibilities under the WHS Act (Sections 16 and 46) – we can’t assume that because the activity is happening off campus that the other party is responsible if there is an accident.

This new chapter for HSW Collaboration with other organisations (including co-location) aims to provide a process and template for:

  • facilitating a discussion between the parties involved at the commencement of a collaborative project;
  • identifying the key elements of safety; and
  • agreeing on which organisation has the responsibility to ensure the HSW legal requirements are met.

(e.g. is it one organisation or the other or is it a shared responsibility?)

The template includes activities such as:

  • hazard management;
  • provision of information, instruction, training and supervision;
  • workplace monitoring/inspections;
  • maintenance and use of plant/equipment;
  • management of hazardous chemicals (including radiation);
  • personal protective equipment;
  • reporting of safety issues and incidents; and
  • emergency management.

Further information

Should you wish to discuss any of the changes or requirements please do not hesitate to contact a Senior HSW Advisor.

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This Safe Work Month, SafeWork SA are raising awareness on managing the risks associated with Elevating Work Platforms (EWPs). Three information sheets have been created to assist workers operating this machinery.

Safe operation of elevating work platform

The safe operation of EWPs information sheet covers a range of safety requirements including:

  • selecting the appropriate equipment for the task
  • pre-operational checks
  • positioning and stability
  • use of safety harnesses
  • working in public places.

Crush risks 

Our new crush risks information sheet covers the important elements of:

  • identifying hazards and controlling the risks associated with EWPs
  • operator protective devices
  • when and how to use support personnel.

Minimum standard of training 

We have developed a minimum standard of training resource for workers who operate EWPs which details:

  • the specific criteria that training must address
  • the use of emergency descent controls
  • worker’s duties
  • guidance and supervision.

Download copies of all three information sheets and find more resources from the Elevating work platforms page on the SafeWork SA website.

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The University will be closed for business from Wednesday, 25 December 2019 and will reopen in the new year on Thursday, 2 January 2020. Public Holidays and Annual Leave Days Wednesday 25 December 2019 Christmas Day Public Holiday Thursday 26 December 2019 Proclamation Day Public Holiday Friday 27 December 2019 University Day as per clause […]

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The revised HSW Policy has now been posted on the HSW Website. The revised version: incorporates the change of Delegation Holder, from the Vice-Chancellor and President, to the Executive Dean and Divisional Head to approve “Very high” residual risk activities.  (Noting approval for travel to a DFAT 3 or 4 high risk destination also requires […]

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Is this the employment contract I need? When recruiting new staff, it is important to use the right type of employment contract. If a fixed term contract is what you have in mind, be sure to choose one of the options set out in clause 2.3 of the University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021 (‘Enterprise […]

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This National Safe Work Month we ask you to ‘Be a Safety Champion’ and commit to building safe and healthy workplaces by promoting the importance of ensuring health at safety at your workplace. Anyone, workers, employees, managers, supervisors, teams and organisations can be leaders in work health and safety. Safe Work Australia has many resources to help […]

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A new national guide for Working with silica and silica containing products provides information about controlling the risks of exposure to silica dust when working with silica and products containing silica. This includes information on hazardous activities such as drilling or cutting rock, concrete, brick, etc. SafeWork Australia guidance material informs the minimum standards that […]

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The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Respiratory Protection Equipment to assist users with the selection, use and maintenance of suitable equipment. It includes information on: When Respiratory Protection Equipment should be considered as a control measure The types of Respiratory Protection Equipment available The selection, use, maintenance and storage requirements of Respiratory Protection […]

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The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Cyanides to guide workers and supervisors in general precautions, storage and emergency responses. It includes information on: Links to reference material Why cyanides warrant special care What should be considered before starting any experiment with cyanides What to do in an emergency with cyanides. Further information Should […]

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