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Be Safe & Well@Work Newsletter 2022 
Issue 4

      In this issue:
  • QPR Training
  • October - Safe Work Month and Mental Health Month
  • Bikes on Campus
  • SafetyNet 101 The Series: 
  • Call for Building Wardens
  • Recipe - Lemon Risotto

QPR Training

Question, Persuade, Refer (or more commonly known as QPR) training is now available to UOW staff. This is suicide prevention training that will teach you to:
  • Identify warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide
  • Confidently ask if someone is thinking about suicide
  • Connect them to appropriate support
The training will take around 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

Looking after yourself
This training is not expected to cause you distress, but it is completely normal for emotions to come up. If you do start to feel upset or distressed, we encourage you to:
  • Pause the video, take a break from it and come back when you are ready.
  • Talk with a supportive friend/colleague/manager.
  • Contact our EAP LifeWorks on 1300 361 000, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue Support Service 1300 224 365
To enrol in this offering please submit an HR Help Desk Request with the details below:
  • Category: Training Nomination
  • Subject: Suicide Prevention Training: Question, Persuade and Refer
  • Details: If you have any additional requests please submit these also

October - National Safe Work Month and NSW Mental Health Month

October marks National Safe Work Month and NSW Mental Health Month.

National Safe Work Month is an initiative by Safe Work Australia that runs in October each year. Safe Work Australia asks workers and employers across Australia to commit to safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.

Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month October. This month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not. It also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed.

The WHS Unit is currently in the process of developing a calendar of activities, webinars and resources to celebrate these two events. This will be released at the beginning of October via Universe and the Safe@Work website.

Bikes on Campus

Did you know that UOW has a range of bicycle and cycling facilities?
The Wollongong Campus is only a short ride away from Wollongong CBD and surrounding suburbs and can often be quicker than driving, especially during peak periods.
Riding your bike to work can not only reduce congestion on the roads, it can also benefit your body by decreasing the risk of getting cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and depression.
UOW has some fantastic resources for bicycle riders including Bike Bases, Bike Sharing and Repair and Maintenance Stations.

Quick link to UOW Bicycle Resources:


 SafetyNet 101 The Series: The Dashboard

      Last issue we covered Logging In to SafetyNet. This issue we explain to you the dashboard and its functions.

   Once you are logged in you will be presented with the SafetyNet Dashboard.
The following tabs along the top of the screen are shortcuts to specific forms. They are:
  • Work List – The Work List displays all documents and items that require action by the user.
  • Incident/Hazard – The incident/hazard form allows you to record any incidents, hazards or near misses.
  • Inspection – The inspection form allows you to record the outcomes of workplace inspections.
  • Risk Assessment – This form allows you to record risk assessments, including the hazard, risk level and controls to ensure it is safe.
  • Safe Work Procedure – This form records the job steps of an activity and any hazards and controls to ensure the task is performed in a safe way.
  • Search – You can use the search function to search for any type of document stored in SafetyNet.
  • Print – This print button can be used to print the information that is currently displayed on the screen.
  • Help – Clicking this link will display the PDF copy of the UOW SafetyNet User Guide. 
Stay tuned for next month's newsletter for another SafetyNet topic.

Call for Building Wardens

The WHS Unit is continually looking to increase its Building Warden numbers.
If you are a staff member who works in any of the following buildings for more than 2 days per week and are interested in joining our Building Warden teams, please contact 
  • B02
  • B03
  • B06
  • B19
  • B23
  • B25
  • B29
  • B35
  • B40
  • B42
  • B67

Lemon Risotto

Lemon's are currently in season and have a wide range of nutritional benefits including being an excellent source of Vitamin C!
  • 1.25L (5 cups) Massel chicken style or vegetable liquid stock (Use gluten-free stock to make this gluten free)
  • 20g butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek, pale section only, washed, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 440g (2 cups) arborio rice
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) white wine
  • 2 lemons, rind shredded
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice
  • 30g (1/3 cup) finely grated parmesan
  • Shaved parmesan, to serve
  1. Bring stock to the boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat and hold at a gentle simmer.
  2. Heat the butter and oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the leek and garlic, and cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes or until soft but not coloured. Add the rice and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes or until the grains appear slightly glassy.
  3. Add the wine and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until almost absorbed. Add a ladleful (about 125ml/1/2 cup) of the simmering stock and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until completely absorbed. Continue to add the stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly and allowing the liquid to be absorbed before adding the next ladleful, for 25-30 minutes or until rice is tender yet firm to the bite and the risotto is creamy.
  4. Remove from heat. Add half the lemon rind. Stir in the lemon juice and grated parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Divide the risotto among serving dishes. Top with shaved parmesan and the remaining lemon rind to serve.
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