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Title: Developed By : Jay Jay Jegathesan & John Moore - Updated 26th Feb 2008

  • Developed By Jay Jay Jegathesan John Moore
    - Updated 26th Feb 2008

Todays Aims
  • Demonstrate UWAs commitment to safety
  • Impart safety awareness knowledge to you
  • Introduce OSH personnel in the School of Physics
  • Ensure your time at UWA is a safe - productive
    and an enjoyable experience

Topics To Be Covered Today
  • General safety information
  • UWA safety policy
  • Some specific policies
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Safety notes
  • Emergency procedures
  • Safety Personnel
  • Head of School
  • Building wardens
  • First aid officers
  • Safety Health Reps Officers
  • Specific workplace procedures and requirements

Occupational Safety and Health Policy
  • Commitment
  • Objectives
  • Responsibilities
  • Application
  • UWAs commitment to the policy can be found at
  • http//

Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
  • Management
  • Incidents emergencies
  • Waste management
  • Hazard management
  • Chemical
  • Radiation
  • Biological
  • Physical
  • Ergonomic
  • Full details at following website
  • http//

Safety and Health Issue Resolution Process
Hazard Report Forms
  • If properly investigated and followed-up presents
    an official means of documenting a hazard
  • Helps to prevent possible incident or injury
    resulting from the hazard
  • Can be filled in by anyone - staff - student or
  • Forms available on Safety Health section of
    School of Physics Website http//www.physics.uwa.e

Incident / Injury Report Forms
  • Incident report forms are to be completed when an
    incident of any description has occurred. An
    injury does not have to have happened.
  • The first page MUST be filled in and sent to
    Safety and Health office within 24 hours of the
  • Part 2 is to be completed by the supervisor or
    School Safety Officer (SSO) or School Safety and
    Health Rep or a combination. This then has to be
    forwarded to the UWA Safety and Health as soon as
  • Forms available on Safety Health section of
    School of Physics Website http//www.physics.uwa.e

Workers Compensation
  • A policy outlining workers compensation is
    available on the UWA Safety and Health website
  • We hope you will never need this policy.

Employees Assistance Program
  • Counselling is available from OSA for staff
    members and immediate family members including
    those in a close relationship to staff members
  • OSA ph. 1300 361 008 (24 hrs) OSA
  • Counselling also available from Student services
  • 2nd floor Guild building Ph. 6488 2423
  • An unhappy worker is not a safe worker

PPE Personal Protective Equipment
  • Please ensure your PPE is maintained and USED
  • PPE includes
  • Gloves Safety glasses
  • Fully enclosed footwear
  • Lab coats
  • Ear protection

Electrical Safety
  • All electrical equipment
  • used in the School, regardless
  • of origin, must have a current
  • test label attached to it, indicating
  • that it has passed the AS3760 test. Please
    report untested or out of date equipment to your
    supervisor or demonstrator.
  • Bar heaters are not permitted due to the fire
  • All heaters must have 1 hour timers fitted by
    Facilities Management.

Electrical Safety
  • In Western Australia, the Electricity (Licensing)
    Regulations 1991 provide that electrical work may
    only be carried out by persons with the
    appropriate electrical worker's licence.
    Electrical work can be defined as work on any
    appliance or equipment which is supplied by a
    voltage exceeding 50V AC or 115V DC. Work of this
    nature can be done by the Electronics Workshop.

Just covered
  • Resolving Safety Issues
  • Hazard Reporting
  • Incident Reporting
  • Workers Assistance
  • Workers Compensation
  • PPE
  • Electrical safety

UWA Emergency Phone Number
Smoking Policy
  • All workplaces within the university are
    non-smoking areas. These include
  • All enclosed rooms, lobbies, foyers and corridors
  • All offices, laboratories and workshops
  • Common rooms, tea rooms and staff rooms
  • Substantially enclosed courtyards (e.g. Social
    Sciences Arts)
  • Within 10 metres of access points to buildings
    (doors, windows, air-conditioning vents, ducts)
  • All University owned vehicles, boats, etc
  • Exceptions
  • NONE

Emergency Evacuation Procedures
  • What would you do in an emergency situation?

Emergency Evacuation Procedures
  • When should you attempt to put out a fire?

Emergency Evacuation Procedures
  • What do you do if you have seen something that
    would require the evacuation of the building but
    the alarms havent gone off?

Emergency Evacuation Procedures
  • What do YOU do if YOU trigger the fire alarm?

Emergency Evacuation Procedures
  • What do you do if the building wardens are
    telling you to leave but the alarms are not

Emergency Evacuation Procedures
  • Make sure you know the quickest way out of the
  • Then find the next quickest way.
  • The first path might be the path into danger.
  • Follow the directions of wardens

Emergency Assembly Points
  • Assemble in an orderly fashion on the lawn of the
    Reid Library in front of Physics

Fire Extinguishers
  • DO NOT use unless you are very confident that
    youre not going to hurt yourself in the process.
  • Use caution when operating the carbon dioxide
    extinguishers - youre hand could freeze to the
  • Always point at the base of the fire.
  • Practical training in the use of fire
    extinguishers is periodically offered by the UWA
    Safety and Health.

Types of Fire Extinguishers
  • Three types available
  • Carbon dioxide to be used on flammable liquids
    and electrical fires
  • Water to be used on paper, wood, textile and
    fabric fires - not involving electricity!!!
  • Dry chemical powder to be used on flammable
    liquids - flammable gases and electrical hazards

Fire Extinguisher Use
  • The use of the wrong type of extinguisher can be
    VERY dangerous. Please do not use them unless you
    are VERY sure of what to do.

First Aid Room First Aid Kits
  • The First Aid Room is Room B11, on the Basement
    Floor beside the lifts
  • Apart from this, First aid kits at the following
    locations in the Physics building
  • 3rd floor passage near Room 3.50
  • Room 1.74 CMM (optical microscope room)
  • Room G.58 CMM (chemistry lab)
  • 1st floor passage near Room 1.2
  • 1st floor passage near Room 1.39
  • (there is also a stretcher at this site)
  • Basement passage in MWS near Room B.10b
  • Basement passage in FSM area near Room B.31

Physics Safety Personnel, 2008
Head of School A/Prof Ian McArthur
(2737) Safety Committee Chair Jay Jay
Jegathesan (2740) School Safety Officer Jo
Colletti (95025) Safety Health Rep John
Moore (2005) Safety Health Rep (Gingin) Steve
Pople (9575 7591) Building Fire Warden Gary
Light (2753) Laser Safety Officer A/Prof Andre
Luiten (2728, 7028) Laser Safety Officer
(Gingin) Dr Chunnong Zhao (1771) Biological
Safety Officer A/Prof Tim St Pierre
(2747) Radiation Safety Officer Dr Robert
Woodward (2751) Industry (Rio) Safety Rep Dr
Frank van Kann (2689, 2730) First Aid Officer
Lance Maschmedt (2752, 95024) First Aid
Officer (Gingin) Steve Pople (9575 7591) Floor
Wardens Various Refer Website Student Safety
Rep Paul Guagliardo

Screen Based Equipment
  • Ensure your computer is set up in the best
    possible way
  • Rest breaks are recommended
  • 5 minutes for every 30 minutes of work or 10
    minutes every hour
  • It is preferable to have a variety of tasks in
    order to get a change in posture
  • Stretch regularly
  • Avoid glare by having the monitor 90 degrees to
    light source
  • Free ergonomic assessment
  • If you are experiencing discomfort report this
    early and contact UWA Safety Health

Extra Info Screen Based Equipment
  • The Following website has a computer
    workstation checklist which assists in
    constructing an ergonomic environment
  • http//
  • Also available is a brochure on screen based
    equipment which recommends some exercises that
    can be performed in the office
  • http//
  • Basic workstation ergonomic guidelines can be
    found at
  • http//

Just covered
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Evacuation Assembly Point
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid
  • Safety Personnel
  • Screen Based Equipment

Specific Work Place Hazards
  • Each work area will have its own specific
    hazards. These SHOULD be discussed with you by
    your supervisor.

Labs and Hazardous Substances
  • Comprehensive Lab Safety covered by compulsory
    UWA one day course.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Safety and Risk Phrases
  • Chemical labelling
  • Chemical spillage
  • Waste disposal
  • Radiation (Laser Safety)

Chem-Alert Chemical Storage
  • Chem-Alert is a centralized web based tracking
    and monitoring system that has been put in place
    to monitor all chemicals purchased and stored at
  • All involved in the purchase of chemicals should
    attend the course
  • Various classes of chemicals cannot be stored in
    close proximity to each other (Toxic, Flammable,
    Oxidizing, Explosive, Corrosive)
  • A Segregation Table of Dangerous Goods is
    available with the UWA Chemical Safety Officer.
    Please consult him/her when uncertain
  • Physics Chem-Alert is co-coordinated by John

Chemical Labels
  • Full information on chemical labels is required
    by WorkSafe WA.
  • Required for decanted chemicals.
  • Labels can be obtained from Chem-Alert

Chemical labels should have
  • Solution
  • Users name
  • Date the solution was made
  • Room it will be kept in
  • Users extension number
  • Description of use
  • Recipe
  • HAZCHEM number
  • UN number
  • DG Class
  • Packaging group number
  • Risk phrase
  • Health hazards

Chemical Spillages
  • Important steps in cleaning up a chemical spill
  • Ensure your own safety and that of the other
    people around you
  • Contain the spill (use quartz sand or
  • Only attempt to neutralize if you are confident
    you know what to use
  • Contact Safety Personnel for advice or assistance

Waste Disposal
  • Waste chemicals are not to be
  • disposed of down the sink. They
  • should be labeled fully and stored in an
    appropriate place to await disposal.
  • The waste manifest can be obtained from Safety
  • http//

Waste Chemical Manifest
  • Chemical name
  • Type of waste (solid, liquid or gas)
  • Condition of container
  • Description of waste (explosive, flammable)
  • Approximate percentages of all the components in
    the waste
  • Container size - volume of waste and number of
    containers to be disposed of

Machinery and Equipment
  • No matter what you are asked to use in the course
    of your study or work, please ensure you are
    given full instructions for their use.

  • The buildings of the School of Physics are
    locked outside the hours of 7.00 am to 6.00 pm
    Monday to Friday.
  • Please ensure you keep the doors locked if you
    are here outside these hours.
  • Personal items are not covered by UWA insurance
    for theft from offices

Staff ID Cards
  • If you are here outside of
  • business hours, please carry
  • staff ID card. Security can ask
  • for this at any time on their rounds.
  • Staff or student cards are also the swipe card
    you need to get into or out of certain buildings
  • It is also your library card

Manual Handling
  • Assess the load you are about to lift
  • Get help, or a trolley, if you need it
  • Bend your knees and lift with your legs
  • Keep your back in a neutral position
  • Keep the load close to your body
  • Dont twist while holding a heavy load

Certificates and Qualifications
  • Do you need any specific training?
  • Manual handling (on demand, free)
  • First aid (cost associated)
  • Lab safety compulsory for experimental research
  • (For staff and students , 40pp, School
    to fund)
  • Radiation
  • Fire Extinguisher / Fire Warden training
    (available upon request)
  • Anything else you can think of ?

  • A healthy body is less prone to injury.
  • Some suggestions to help you on your way.
  • Walk or ride a bike on campus
  • Use the stairs, not the lift
  • Join the gym

Have you even been for a stroll along the river
in your lunch break? Why not???
Final Thoughts
  • Think about what you are about to do
  • Develop good housekeeping habits
  • Observe and be aware
  • In all areas at all times take notice of and obey
    all signs and directives they are there for
    your safety
  • When unsure please ask
  • Safety is a TWO way street, and the OSH policy
    places responsibility on both the employer and
    employee to contribute to the construction and
    maintenance of a safe workplace

The End Presentation
  • Print out the following pages only, and fill in
    the questionnaire for confirmation by Supervisor
    and lodgment with School Manager

Supervisor These actions should be completed
during the first week or as soon as practicable
after the employee commences. Tick off each
action and sign when all actions have been
completed. Please retain this checklist and
provide a photocopy to the employee and to the
General Office within two weeks of commencement
date. Employee You should sign the form where
indicated when you are satisfied that the items
have been completed.
General safety information provided and
Emergency Procedures
Specific workplace procedures and requirements