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New SafeWork Australia guide for working with silica and silica containing products

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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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: 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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HSW Stakeholder Consultation – HSW Policy (V4.0)

 Human Resources have been working on a revised version of the Healthy Safety and Wellbeing Policy. The key changes to the chapter for noting are – The Area Manager now has the delegated authority to approve (1) “Very High” residual risk (in lieu of the Vice-Chancellor); and (2) Faculty/Division/School/Branch activities, in accordance with the HSW […]

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HSW Handbook Approval – First Aid Management

The revised HSW Handbook Chapter “First Aid Management” has now been posted on the HSW Website. Please note that following the stakeholder consultation, a number of additional changes have been made, to assist clarify/provide flexibility when assessing the first aid needs for your areas. The key changes and references to the chapter for noting are: […]

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HSW Handbook approval: Workers and reproductive toxicity (FAQs)

The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Workers and reproductive toxicity to provide general information and guidance for female and male workers. It includes information on: The Agents in the University that can affect reproduction (fertility, pregnancy or breast feeding) How to identify chemicals/substances that are toxic to reproduction or cause heritable damage. What […]

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Record your first aid certificate in SSO

Capturing information about staff is important for the University to meet legislative requirements and ensure a safe environment for staff and students. This particularly important when the University has paid for training. In order to capture some of this information, Staff Services Online (SSO) has been enhanced to facilitate this. Staff can now upload a […]

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HSW Handbook approval: Infectious & Communicable Diseases (FAQs)

The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Infectious and Communicable Diseases to provide general information and guidance on what steps to take when dealing with communicable or infectious disease. It includes information on: The definition of an infectious disease and communicable disease What to do if a person has, or contracts an infectious or […]

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Safety Directors Blog June 2019

Reporting safety hazards and other issues – a gift to the University Traditional safety thinking does not always translate easily into an organisation like ours.  Hazard reporting is a good example of this.  In a factory, workers will report hazards and safety problems to management as workers themselves are often powerless to effect change; they […]

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HSW Handbook approval: Nanomaterials (FAQs)

The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Nanomaterials to provide general precautions and emergency responses for nanomaterials. It includes information on: The definition of a nanomaterial and why they warrant special care What should be considered before starting any experiment with nanomaterials What should be considered when conducting a risk assessment on nanomaterials What […]

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