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HSW Handbook consultation – Managing HSW in the work environment

(including infrastructure and facilities) Human Resources have been working on a new HSW Handbook chapter “Managing HSW in the work environment (including infrastructure and facilities)”. This chapter aims to fill a gap in our current HSW processes in regard to workspaces, the work environment and facilities by defining responsibilities to ensure that: workers and students […]

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HSW Handbook Approval: Hazard Management chapter and on-line course

The HSW Team have been working on a revised Hazard Management chapter and a new on-line Hazard Management information session, to assist staff to understand the requirements of hazard management. The key changes to the Hazard Management chapter for noting are: There is no longer a requirement to maintain a Hazard Listing. The requirement to […]

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New HSW Handbook Chapter Approval: HSW Collaboration with other organisations (including co-location)

As previously advised, this new HSW Handbook chapter “HSW Collaboration with other organisations (including co-location)”  has been drafted to meet the requirements of section 46 of the WHS Act 2012. The need for a process regarding collaborative work was highlighted by a recent incident at a government run research centre where the University received a […]

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HSW Handbook Approval: Gas cylinders and compressed gases FAQs

The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Gas cylinders and compressed gases, to guide workers and supervisors in general precautions and emergency responses. The information should be read in conjunction with the Chemical Safety Management HSW Handbook chapter. It includes information on: the general hazards of compressed gases; how to identify gas cylinders; the […]

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HSW Stakeholder Communication – HSW Collaboration with other organisations (New chapter)

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 […]

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HSW Stakeholder consultation – Revised HSW Policy

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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HSW Handbook Approval: PPE Respiratory Protection Equipment FAQs

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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HSW Handbook Approval: Cyanide FAQs

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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HSW Handbook Approval: Cryogenic Substances FAQs

The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Cryogenic substances to guide workers and supervisors. It includes information on: Why cryogenic substances warrant special care What level of information, instruction and training is required for cryogenic substances What needs to be considered before handling and transporting cryogenic substances What to do in an emergency with […]

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HSW Handbook Approval: Emergency Safety Shower and Eyewash Testing (FAQs)

The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Emergency Safety Shower and Eyewash Testing to guide the University on the testing requirements. The information should be read in conjunction with the Chemical Safety Management and First Aid Management HSW Handbook chapters. It includes information on: The required testing frequency for plumbed emergency showers, eyewash’s and […]

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