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Title: Safety Induction

Safety Induction
  • School of Plant Biology
  • University of Western Australia
  • Updated June 2011

Todays Aims
  • Demonstrate UWAs commitment to safety.
  • Impart safety knowledge to you.
  • Introduce key personnel in the School of Plant
  • Ensure your time at UWA is a safe, productive and
    enjoyable experience.

Topics To Be Covered Today
  • General safety information
  • UWA safety policy
  • Some specific policies
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Safety notes
  • Other work locations
  • Emergency procedures
  • Safety Personnel
  • Head of School
  • Building Wardens
  • First Aid Officers
  • Safety Personnel
  • Specific workplace procedures and requirements

Occupational Safety and Health Policyhttp//www.s
Occupational Safety and Health Policyhttp//www.s
Occupational Safety and Health Policyhttp//www.s
Occupational Safety and Health Policyhttp//www.s
  • Objectives provision of a safe and healthy work
    environment for employees, students, contractors
    and visitors is not just a moral and legal
    responsibility but also a prerequisite for it to
    achieve its primary mission of conducting
    teaching, research and scholarship at the highest
    international standards.

Occupational Safety and Health Policyhttp//www.s
  • Objectives
  • Responsibilities
  • Application
  • Duty of Care

Occupational Safety and Health Policyhttp//www.s
  • Duty of Care
  • Do not put yourself or others at risk
  • Follow all safety policies procedures
  • Report all known or observed incidents, injuries

Policies, Procedures and Guidelineshttp//www.saf
Policies, Procedures and Guidelineshttp//www.saf
  • Management
  • Incidents emergencies
  • Waste management
  • Hazard management
  • Chemical
  • Biological
  • Physical
  • Ergonomic

Smoking Policyhttp//
  • Smoking is prohibited in
  • AS of Jan 1 2012, entire campus is non-smoking
  • All University controlled buildings
  • Major thoroughfares and pathways
  • Within 5m of access points to buildings such as
    doors, windows, near air-conditioning vents
  • Substantially enclosed courtyards. e.g. Social
    Sciences and Arts building courtyards
  • All University vehicles and boats
  • underpinning principle being that non-smokers
    shall, as far as is practicable, not be subjected
    to smoke inhalation

Safety and HealthIssue Resolution Process
Issue develops
Notify immediate supervisor
Issue unresolved
SH Rep and HOS notified
Issue unresolved
Safety and Health Office notified
Issue unresolved
Referred to the University Safety Committee
Issue unresolved
WorkSafe WA may be notified if there is a risk of
imminent injury or harm
Hazard Report Formshttp//
  • Presents an official means of documenting a
  • Help to prevent possible incident or injury
    resulting from the hazard
  • Can be filled in by anyone, staff, student or

Incident Report Formshttp//
  • MUST be completed when an incident of any
    description has occurred. 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
    SSO or SH Rep or a combination. This then is to
    be forwarded to the Safety and Health office as
    soon as completed.
  • For electrical incident, you must ring UWA
    electricians immediately 2036

Workers Compensationhttp//
  • A policy outlining workers compensation is
    available on the SHO website.
  • We hope you will never need this policy.

Employees Assistance Programhttp//
  • Counseling is available from OSA Group for staff
  • Counseling available from the Student services
    for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

Employees Assistance Programhttp//
  • The EAP provides assistance for issues such as
  • difficulties in relationships with work
    colleagues coping with organisational change
    mediation harassment stress with work career
    issues alcohol and substance misuse
    relationships and family issues emotional
    stress concerns about children financial and
    legal problems grief and bereavement health and
    lifestyle issues trauma and critical incidents
    coaching and mentoring for managers and

Equity and Diversity Services UWAhttp//www.equit
  • Equity and Diversity Services promotes and
    supports UWA's vision to provide an equitable
    and inclusive environment for all staff, students
    and the broader community
  • Individual staff or students seeking advice about
    the University equity and diversity policy
    environment, or who wish to discuss a matter of
    concern that may fall within policy or the law,
    should initially make contact with an Equity and
    Diversity Adviser

Electrical Safetyhttp//
  • Please try not to bring in electrical equipment
    from home.
  • All equipment MUST be inspected by FM () or a
    competent person before use.
  • Bar heaters are not permitted due to the fire
  • All heaters must have 1 hour timers fitted by FM.
  • Testing and tagging program.

Screen Based Equipmenthttp//
Screen Based Equipmenthttp//
  • Ensure your computer is set up in the best
    possible way.
  • Make sure you have a break every 20 minutes.
  • Have a stretch.
  • Screen glare due to window directly behind
  • UWA Safety Office can assist in workstation

Plant Biology Safety Notes
  • Located on the Schools staffnet web page
  • A copy of the safety notes should be available in
    every lab.
  • These are for your safety, if there is something
    you think should be added, please bring it to our
    attention (make note at end of hardcopy manual
    refer to School Manager or Safety and Health
    Representative, SHR)

Work Site Specific Inductions
  • For your specific work area at UWA, you must
    undergo a site specific safety induction, e.g.,
    laboratories, Plant Growth Facilities
  • When working in conjunction with another
    department or institution, please follow their
    safety instructions. They are the experts in
    their field.

Examples UWA Field Stations CSIRO Hammersly
Iron, DAFWA Straits Resources other UWA
Schools, even Antarctica!
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  • UWA OHS policy
  • UWA Safety Policies Procedures
  • Resolving Safety Issues
  • Hazard Reporting
  • Incident Reporting
  • Workers Assistance
  • Workers Compensation
  • School Safety Notes
  • Site Specific Inductions

Emergency Evacuation Procedureshttp//
  • 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.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures
  • If YOU activate the alarm, YOU must meet with the
    Building Warden.
  • YOU are the one with the most information about
    the situation.

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Emergency Assembly Points
  • Botany building, meet INSIDE the taxonomic
  • Agriculture Central Wing building, meet either at
    the East muster point (Thurling Green) or in
    front of the CLIMA building

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, your 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
    Safety and Health Office.

Types of Fire Extinguishers
  • Three types available in Plant Biology
  • Carbon dioxide, to be used on flammable liquids
    and electrical fires
  • Water, to be used on paper, wood, textile and
    fabric fires
  • 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 Kitshttp//
  • First aid kits are available in each of the labs
  • Both field and snake bite first aid kits are
    available from the
    first aid officer, Hai Ngo in Botany building
  • Field first aid kits are located in the vehicles
    in Plant Biology

School Safety Committeehttp//
School Manager and Safety Officer Alan Luks
(2541) Safety Health Rep. Greg
Cawthray (1789/1748) Chairperson Pandy du
Preez (3863) Radiation Safety Officer Guijun
Yan (1240) Research Safety Rep. Matthew
Nelson (3671) Postgrad. Safety Rep. vacant AHRI
Safety Rep. Mechelle Owen (1512) Kings Park
Rep. Rowena Long Glasshouse Safety
Rep. Robert Creasy (8549) Diving Safety
Officer now separate to PB Biological Safety
Rep. Patrick Finnegan (8546) Field Safety
Rep. Hai Ngo (3598) Chemical Safety
Rep. Greg Cawthray (1789) UWA Safety Office
Rep. Peter Carlyon (7934) First Aid Rep
Bonnie Knott (2206)

Safety Management Structure
PB Safety Personnel
Prof. Hans Lambers Head of School
Mr. Greg Cawthray Safety Health Rep Chemical
Safety Officer Field Safety Officer Building
Warden (Botany)
Mr. Alan Luks School Manager School Safety
Officer Building Warden (Central Wing)
PB Safety Personnel
Dr Patrick Finnegan Biological Safety Officer
Dr Guijun Yan Academic Rep Radiation Safety
Mr Robert Creasy Plant Growth Facilities First
Aid Officer (PGF)
PB Safety Personnel
Mr. Hai Ngo Field Safety Officer First Aid
Officer (Botany)
Dr Matthew Nelson Research Safety Rep.
Ms. Mechelle OwenAHRI Safety Rep
PB Safety Personnel
Postgraduate Safety Rep. (Vacant)
Mrs. Pandy du Preez Committee Chairperson School
First Aid Officer
Ms. Bonnie Knott School First Aid Officer
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  • Emergency Procedures
  • Evacuation Assembly Points
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid
  • Safety Personnel

Specific Work Place Hazards
  • Each specific work area will have its own
    specific hazards. These SHOULD be discussed with
    you by your supervisor.
  • Specific lab hazards are indicated by signage on
    laboratory /or office doors.
  • The PB Site Specific safety Induction covers
    these hazards and should be conducted with your
    supervisor as soon as is practicable.

Specific Work Place Hazards
  • Some broad issues will now be covered
  • Biological Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Laboratory and Hazardous Substances
  • Field Work Safety
  • Dive Safety
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Vehicle usage
  • PPE
  • Manual Handling

  • Biological Safety
  • http//
  • PB Biological Safety Officer Patrick Finnegan
  • Biologicals of concern
  • Plant infectious / pathogenic agents
  • Animal infectious / pathogenic agents
  • Genetically modified / transgenic organisms

Biological Safety
  • You must meet with Patrick Finnegan during the
    PLANNING of any work that will require
  • the importation of any biological material (not
    just organisms)
  • OR
  • The use of a Genetically Modified Organism

  • Radiation Safety
  • http//
  • PB Radiation Safety Officer Guijun Yan
  • All radioisotope users at the University are
    required to have attended and passed the Unsealed
    Radioisotope Handling Course within the first
    year of using radioisotopes, and preferably prior
    to starting such work.
  • Neutron Moisture Probe (Nuclear moisture density
  • Personal radiation monitors are required to be
    worn by all persons handling radioisotopes.
  • Please see Guijun Yan, to find out which
    laboratories are registered for use of
  • All procedures involving radioactive materials at
    UWA requires the user to have completed a
    protocol application before commencing the work.

Chemical Safety http//
ut_chemical_safety PB Chemical Safety Officer
Greg Cawthray
  • Comprehensive Lab Safety covered by compulsory
    UWA one day course
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Safety and Risk Phrases (RS phrases)
  • Chemical labelling
  • Chemical spillage
  • Waste disposal

Labs and Hazardous Substances What Is an
  • It is a document that contains all the
    information you would need on any particular
  • Includes PPE, storage, handling, lethal dose,
    safety hazards.
  • Can be obtained via ChemAlert, from the supplier
    if you are purchasing the chemical from them for
    the first time, or upon request.
  • Hard copy should be kept in the laboratory where

Labs and Hazardous Substances Labeling
  • Full information on chemical labels is required
    by WorkSafe WA.
  • Required for decanted chemicals.
  • Diamond labels can be obtained from Safety and
    Health Reps or the School Safety Officer.
  • Labels can also be generated with ChemAlert.

Chemical Hazard / Spill / Gas Leak
  • Raise the alarm
  • Ensure immediate safety of everyone
  • Treatment of serious injuries takes precedence
    over containment and decontamination
  • Evacuate immediate area
  • Report to supervisor and safety personnel
  • Restrict unnecessary movements
  • Turn off air conditioning (gases, vapours)
  • Barricade and label
  • Clean up / decontaminate (two persons)
  • Report incident

Labs and Hazardous Substances Waste
  • UWA now has campus wide waste collection
    coordinated bi-annually by the Safety Office,
    usually in Feb and June
  • Use of this service consolidates costs associated
    with overheads of collection, please make use of
    this service
  • Many waste chemicals can not to be disposed of
    down the sink. They should be treated or
    labelled fully and stored in an appropriate place
    to await disposal.
  • When in doubt ask the Chemical Safety Officer
  • Dispose sharps, biological hazards as per policy.

  • Field Work Safety
  • http//
  • PB Field Work Safety Officers Hai Ngo and Greg
  • All people who undertake field work are required
    to submit a field work plan for approval by the
    HOS one week before the trip. (Field Work
    Procedures in Rural and Remote Areas)
  • If the use of a 4WD is required for off-road use,
    people must undertake the UWA 4WD course or
    similar course approved by UWA (e.g., Worsley
    on-site training Shawsett).
  • Use of any UWA vehicle requires the user to be
    conversant with the appropriate policy (Use of
    University Vehicles).
  • Driving in remote locations is covered by UWA
    policy, and again people undertaking this work
    must be familiar with the policy (Driving in
    Remote Locations).

  • Dive Safety
  • http//
  • PB Dive/Boat Safety Officer Contact UWA Safety
  • All people who undertake diving and/or work with
    boats must converse with the Dive Safety Officer
    to assess your qualifications.

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

Vehicle Usehttp//
  • Many vehicles types are utilised. Please ensure
    that you have the correct training and licenses
    before you operate any vehicles.
  • e.g., 4WD, boats, tractors
  • Use of any UWA vehicle requires the user to be
    conversant with the appropriate policy (Use of
    University Vehicles)

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

Manual Handlinghttp//
Manual Handlinghttp//
  • 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 (not
  • Keep the load close to your body
  • Dont twist while holding a heavy load
  • Free course offered by UWA SHO

  • Botany building is locked outside the hours of
    8am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday.
  • FNAS Central Wing building is locked outside the
    hours of 730am to 6pm.
  • 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
  • Security staff can escort you to vehicle after
    hours, call X 3020

  • Volunteer Workers Insurance
  • Corporate Travel Insurance
  • Student Personal Accident Insurance
  • Motor Vehicle Insurance
  • 457 Visa Insurance
  • Industrial Special Risk (University Property)
  • Marine Hull Insurance
  • Transit Insurance
  • Public Liability

After Hours Register
  • NO chemical procedures /or handling hazardous
    goods to be done after normal work hours
  • If you are here outside the hours of Monday to
    Friday 7.30am to 6pm, please fill in the after
    hours register
  • Also to be filled in at all times on weekends
  • The information is there to assist emergency
    personnel after hours, as they will know where to
    look for you
  • The information required is
  • Name
  • Location
  • Time in
  • Time out

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 certain buildings. It is
    also your library photocopy card.

Certificates and Qualifications
  • Do you need any specific training?
  • Manual handling (on demand, free)
  • First Aid (external, 90 to 140)
  • 4WD (Full Day, internal 150 to external 270pp)
  • Lab Safety (Full Day, 40pp)
  • Gene Technology (see Patrick Finnegan)
  • Radiation and Moisture probe, (3 days, see Guijun
  • Laser Safety (1/2 day, 20)
  • Boat Handling (see Gary Kendrick)
  • Fire awareness and extinguisher training
  • Anything else you can think of?

Safety Related Training 2010http//
  • Laboratory Safety Course (1 day, Friday 22nd July
    ) (Compulsory for all lab based research)
  • http//
  • ChemAlert General User training (2 hr, on demand)
  • http//
  • Unsealed Radioisotope Handling Courses (3 days,
    Monday 18th July)
  • http//
  • Warden Training Course (3 hours, Monday 3rd
    October 2011)
  • http//
  • Warden Refresher Training Course (1 hour,
    Monday 3rd October 2011)
  • http//
  • Senior First Aid Course (2 day, TBA)
  • http//
  • Safety and Health for Managers and Supervisors
    (21/2 days, over 21/22 June 2011)
  • http//
  • 4WD Driver Training (refer to website)
  • http//

  • A healthy body is less prone to injury
  • Some suggestions to help you on your way
  • Walk on campus, dont use a vehicle.
  • Use the stairs, not the lift.
  • Join the gym.
  • Go for a stroll along the river in lunch break.
  • Join Plant Biology Yoga classes!!
  • Go fishing at lunchtime on the riverbeautiful!
  • Attend Friday Morning Tea and meet other staff
    students in the School.

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.

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