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Safe@Work Newsletter - 2019 Issue 4

In this issue:
  • SafetyNet - Risk Assessments
  • Safe@Work Representative Vacancies
  • Mental Health Awareness and Intervention Training
  • Introducing the new WHS Advisors
  • Farewell to WHS Administrative Trainee
  • Code of Practice Updates
  • New WHS Website
  • Staff Nutrition Assessments

SafetyNet - Risk Assessments

Completing a risk assessment is the best way to document strategies on how a hazard is going to be managed.
Employees completing risk assessments have a responsibility to ensure all relevant information is included in the dedicated sections.
If you are an Approver – it is critical to the health and safety of all employees that if there is information missing, the risk assessment is not approved.
Within SafetyNet User Guide there is a step by step guide in completing the UOW SafetyNet online Risk Assessment form. The principles associated with risk assessments can be located in the Risk Management Guidelines.
If you need further assistance in completing a risk assessment, please contact the WHS Unit at

Safe@Work Representative Vacancies

Effective consultation is critical in the effective management of Work Health and Safety (WHS). Safe@Work Representatives (SWR) are responsible for resolving and communicating about Division of Faculty wide WHS initiatives and issues. Any issues that cannot be resolved at this level can be raised to the WHS Committee. For more information about the role and responsibilities of a SWR see the Terms of Reference for SWRs.
Positions for SWR’s exist for:

  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • DVC Global Strategy - vacant
  • DVC Research & Innovation
  • DVC Health & Communities - vacant
  • Innovation Campus
Nominations will be open until close of business on Monday 30th September. Expressions of interest are to be sent to the Chair of the WHS Committee to help determine suitability and appointment.

Any enquiries should be directed to the WHS Unit on x3931 or

Mental Health Awareness and Intervention Training

In line with the objectives outlined within the Mental Health Strategy, a new training package has been developed – Mental Health Awareness and Intervention and will be available for student and customer facing staff to attend.

There are currently 2 sessions available at Wollongong Campus:
21st October – 9am – 1:30pm
28th October – 9am – 1:30pm

Each session has 18 spots available.

Staff can enrol for this training through Web Kiosk.

Web Kiosk

Introducing the new WHS Advisors

The WHS Unit would like to introduce our two new WHS Advisors, Patrick Beasley and Tori Parker who commenced in late August.

Patrick will be the WHS Advisor for the following areas:
- Facilities Management Division
- Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
- Deputy Vice Chancellor (Health and Communities)
- Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
- Faculty of Law, Humanities & the Arts

Tori will be the WHS Advisor for the following areas:
- Chief Administration Officer
- Library Services
- Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Strategy)
- Regional and Metropolitan Campuses
- Faculty of Social Sciences
Tori will also have a focus on implementing the UOW Workplace Mental Health Strategy, which has now been endorsed by University Council and can be found on the Healthy Mind page.

To find out more about the key areas and topics the WHS Advisors are responsible for please visit the Contact Us page on the Safe@Work website.
Contact Us

Farewell to WHS Administrative Trainee

As we welcome two new WHS Advisors, we also farewell the Administrative Trainee in the WHS Unit – Georgia Rodgers.
Georgia has recently been offered a great role with IMB and will be commencing there in early September.
We would like to congratulate Georgia and wish her the very best in her new role.

Please ensure you are contacting for anything that was previously being sent directly to Georgia.

Code of Practice Updates

SafeWork NSW have updated 23 NSW Codes of Practice. Codes of Practice provide detailed information that can assist businesses and employers to apply best practice in their workplace.

The codes are in place to help employers understand that they need to do to comply with legislation. They can be used to translate how legislation applies at a practical level.

The codes were revised by Safe Work Australia and came into effect in NSW on 30 August 2019 and align with the model codes of practice developed under the harmonised work health and safety legislation.

Updated codes are available to download from the SafeWork NSW website.

SafeWork NSW

New WHS Website

As per the last Safe@Work newsletter, the WHS website was slightly delayed as the University transitioned to the new website.

We are happy to announce that the WHS sites are now live!

A huge thank you to Kristy for getting these up and running with a brand new look.
Thank you for your patience in waiting for these to transition to the new website.

Safe@Work Website

Staff Nutrition Assessments. 

This is an ongoing collaboration between the discipline of nutrition and dietetics, School of Medicine and the UOW WHS unit.

It aims to provide dietetic students with an opportunity to develop their skills in dietary counselling whilst enabling UOW staff to have their diet assessed for nutritional adequacy as a component of the well@work program.

Tuesday 24th September has 4 appointments available for 1 hour bookings starting from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Located in Building 36. Further bookings available in October.

Please email your name & availability to

Limited appointments available.
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