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Be Safe & Well@Work Newsletter 2023 
Issue 1

      In this issue:
  • Laboratory Safety
  • First Aid and Building Warden Signage
  • Smoke Free Campus 
  • WHS Regulation Amendment - Psychosocial Hazards
  • SafetyNet 101 The Series: Workplace Inspections
  • Recipe - Strawberry Dream Chia Pudding

Laboratory Safety

Having in place specific procedures for laboratories is crucial in ensuring the safety of staff and students who work in these areas.

Key Safety points

  1. Ensure you keep your work area clean and tidy.
  2. Working alone is not recommended. If however, it is required an assessment of the risks associated with each identified working alone situation shall be completed in consultation with those working alone to formulate practical solutions to manage working alone situations. 
  3. Ensure appropriate personal protective equipment is worn at all times. The type of equipment needed will depend on the types of activities you will be performing, any chemicals used, any biological materials handled, any radio-isotopes used and any equipment used.
  4. Know what to do in an emergency and know where all the emergency equipment is located.
Staff and students should also familiarise themselves with the Laboratory Safety Guidelines and speak with their supervisor if they need assistance. 

First Aid and Building Warden Signage

As staff return from holidays, this is a great time for local areas to ensure their Building Warden and First Aid Signage is up to date, this includes the staff listed as First Aid Officers or Building Wardens.

Signage is the responsibility of local areas. If you need staff removed or added to the First Aid Contact List or Building Warden Contact List, please email so we can remove them from the system.

Signage can be found below: 

Smoke-free Campus

This is a reminder that since July 2016, UOW implemented a Smoke-Free University Policy. This policy is to model positive health choices, raise awareness about the harmful effects of smoking, vapes and e-cigarettes and remove the exposure of second-hand smoke for our staff, students and visitors.

A designated smoking area has been established at B12 Unibar, which is clearly signposted and can be found using the interactive map and selecting Amenities. Users are reminded to use the ashtrays provided or use a personal ashtray.

WHS Regulation Amendment - Psychosocial Hazards 

From 1 October 2022, employers have an explicit duty to manage psychosocial risks to work health and safety.
Changes to the NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017, enshrine into law the obligations already set out in the Code of Practice on Managing Psychosocial Hazards at Work, introduced by SafeWork NSW last year

UOW has already been complying with the Managing Psychosocial Hazards at Work Code of Practice:
  • Mental Health Risk Assessment, outlines organisational controls in place to minimise risk of injury
  • Specific risk controls such as support and training 
The WHS Unit is currently reviewing controls listed in the UOW Mental Health Risk Assessment to ensure they explicitly consider all relevant matters outlined in the regulation and updating the Mental Health Risk Assessment Guidance to provide further support on how to identify and implement appropriate controls. 

 SafetyNet 101 The Series: Workplace Inspections

Workplace safety inspections are a planned systematic approach to identify hazards in the work area.
This is the first step in risk management. Once the hazard has been identified it can be controlled by removing it or using other methods to control the risk to prevent an injury occurring.

More information on performing inspections can be found in the Workplace Inspection Guidelines.

For a detailed step-by-step process on how to complete a Workplace Inspection form, please refer to the SafetyNet User Guide.

Strawberry Dream Chia Pudding


  • 1 cup / 240 ml unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology (or any brand strawberry protein)
  • ⅓ cup / 80 g reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • ½ cup / 85 g sliced strawberries
  • ¼ cup / 15 g whole-grain cereal


  • Add almond milk, Shakeology, yogurt, and chia seeds to a 16-oz. (470-ml) jar (or sealable container); stir to combine. Seal; refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or up to overnight).

  • Top with strawberries and cereal just before serving.

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