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2016 Issue 4

In this issue:

Who is my Nearest First Aid Officer?

Do you know who your nearest First Aid Officer is? Do you know where they are located? This is the perfect opportunity to check the First Aid Contacts List and familiarise yourself with this information.

I am a First Aid Officer

If you are a First Aid Officer, there are a few questions you should regularly ask yourself:

  • Are my contact details up to date? You may have moved buildings or offices and forgotten to update your details with the WHS Unit. Check the First Aid Contacts List.
  • When does my certificate run out? You should receive a reminder to complete your update but it is a good idea to keep an eye on this yourself. If your certificate has expired, or is due to expire soon, check the PODS Calendar for upcoming first aid courses.
  • Am I receiving my allowance? If you don't regularly check your payslip, you may not notice if your allowance has been cut off. This may occur if your certification has expired without you realising. Please contact your Payroll Officer if you are unsure of the status of your allowance.
  • Are your local first aid kits being regularly checked by Accidental First Aid? The last check was completed at the Wollongong Campus in late March/early April. If your kit was not checked during this time, it's location may not be listed on the WHS Database which is provided to Accidental. First Aid Officers will be contacted prior to Accidental performing their checks to give you time to organise for access to be available if required.

If you need to make any updates to your information, or have any queries, contact the WHS Unit on

UOW First Aid Informaiton

New Defibrillator Locations

Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been added at 3 new locations at the Wollongong Campus:
  • B22 outside room G20
  • B24.G04
  • B32 level 2 east end opposite male toilet
A map has also been developed showing the locations of AEDs at the Wollongong Campus.
Find My Nearest Defibrillator

Biosecurity Act 2015

The Biosecurity Act 2015 comes into effect on the 16th June 2016 and will replace the Quarantine Act 1908. The new act and supporting legislation will support the biosecurity system in any age, regardless of advances in transport and technology or future challenges.

For more information visit the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.
Biosecurity Legislation

Safe Work Procedures

Are safe work procedures (SWPs) appearing on your SafetyNet worklist? They could be due for review.

According to the University's Safe Work Procedures Guidelines, these documents should be reviewed:
  • whenever the task/activity changes
  • if a new hazard is identified
  • after an associated near miss, injury or illness occurs with the task/activity
  • when there is a change to legislation, standards or codes of practice
  • at a minimum of 5 years.
During the review you may identify the SWP is no longer relevant or you might have difficulty in changing the developer or approver list. If you are experiencing issues with SWP please let us know at

Recently Updated Documents

Click here to view recently updated documents within the Work Health and Safety Management System or click here to receive email updates.
UOW WHS Management System
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