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Safe@Work Newsletter - 2018 Issue 1

In this issue:
  • Personal Electrical Items

  • Chemical Disposal

  • Emergency Procedure

  • SafetyNet Working Group

  • University Safety Awards

Personal Electrical Items in the Workplace

A recent incident involving personal equipment has raised the need for awareness of the UOW policy regarding personal items;
Essentially, any personal equipment brought to UOW for use.
- Needs to be safe.
 - Approved by a supervisor before use.
- Tested and tagged if used in a hostile environment.

For more information head to
Electrical Safety

Chemical Disposal

A big thank you to all persons involved with the ongoing chemical clean ups within the university.
Please find the below information for further referral.
  • Chemical waste store is located outside the western end of Building 15 and accepts chemical waste for disposal every 2nd Wednesday from 9am - 11am (excluding public holidays).
  • Dates marked with an * indicate when waste will be collected from the AIIM facility at the Innovation Campus, as well as the Wollongong Main Campus
  • Biohazardous waste is collected from the Building 35 loading dock, B41 Anatomy Lab, B32 waste compound and B70 every second Thursday morning. Waste is collected at approximately 8:30am. Please ensure waste is presented before Wednesday evening to guarantee collection.
  • All hazardous waste is removed from the Wollongong Campus the day after the chemical store is open (every 2nd Wednesday). To make special collection arrangements e.g. from labs or workshops, you must; submit a waste tracking log to the chemical store attendant the day before the collection, nominate someone to be available during the collection, and accept costs associated with lengthy collections or specialised handling or treatment
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal Guidelines

Waste Collection Dates


Chemical Store Open 2018

(every 2nd Wednesday)

Hazardous Waste Collection 2018

(every 2nd Thursday)

January 10th, 24th 11th, *25th
February 7th, 21st 8th, *22nd
March 7th, 21st 8th, *22nd
April 4th, 18th 5th, *19th
May 2nd, 16th, 30th 3rd, *17th, 31st
June 13th, 27th 1st, *15th, 29th
July 11th, 25th *12th, 26th
August 8th, 22nd *9th, 23rd
September 5th, 19th *6th, 20th
October 3rd, 17th, 31st *4th, 18th
November 14th, 28th *1st, 15th, *29th
December 12th *13th
Chemical Disposal

Emergency Procedures

The University has various procedures and guidelines governing the proceedings in the event of an emergency. These arrangements are based upon both normal operating hours and after hours and take into considerations special events that may occur upon campus. For more information on this, please visit the following sites:

Emergency Procedures

SafetyNet Working Group

The WHS team would like expressions of interest from any interested persons to form a working party to review SafetNet to ensure that the system meets your needs
Please contact Melinda Chylinski for further details.

Melinda Chylinski
WHS Advisor
WHS unit | Human Resources | level 4/36
University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia
T +61 2 4221 4365|
Workplace Health & Safety Award

The University of Wollongong Workplace Health & Safety Award, established in 2015, aims to encourage, recognise and celebrate staff making significant contributions to improve health and safety performance at UOW.
The Workplace Health & Safety Award is open to all members of staff and postgraduate students as individuals or as part of a team. Selection will be based on the nomination of applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:
  • Excellence in developing and implementing a solution to an identified health and safety issue
  • Outstanding initiative in establishing, improving and/or maintaining practices of health and safety
  • Overall outstanding achievement or success with demonstrated value in the area of workplace health and safety 
  • For further information on the selection criteria and how to nominate, please refer to the Workplace Health and Safety Award Nomination Form.
Safety Awards
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