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2016 Issue 1

In this issue:

World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day

Australia’s work-related fatality rates have been steadily trending downwards over recent years, although sadly, in 2015, 193 workers lost their lives at work.  

Thursday 28 April 2016 we recognise World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day - a day to think about how our actions can  prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses, and a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness.

By raising awareness of work health and safety and taking action we can help prevent further injuries and death.

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Self Insurer WHS Audit

As the University is a self insurer for workers compensation, periodic audits are conducted throughout the licence term to ensure compliance with policy conditions. SafeWork NSW (previously known as WorkCover NSW) has advised that they will be conducting the self insurer WHS audit between 16-19 August 2016. The two categories and site areas that will be audited will be identified at the initial meeting scheduled for 27 June 2016.
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New Incident Form

SitePass now includes a custom form within the business action panels.  This form has been designed to record brief information on incidents related to the business, eg a SafetyNet incident report number.
Note: The business actions panel is only visible to system administrators and client admin accounts within SitePass.
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Falls in Wet Weather

With wet and wintery conditions upon us, the likelihood of slips, trips and falls increases. Be on the lookout for hazards that may result in incidents, including:
  • Water on floors due to wet footwear, umbrellas, etc
  • Poor lighting due to overcast conditions
  • Walkways covered in vegetation such as moss, tree roots, leaf litter, fallen fruit or seed pods, etc making them excessively slippery or concealing loose or uneven surfaces
If you see an area that may be hazardous, please complete a SafetyNet report and alert Facilities Management Division.

In order to minimise the risk of incidents occurring, follow these controls:
  • Only walk on established pathways
  • Use handrails when provided
  • Wipe shoes on mats at building entrances and place wet umbrellas in receptacles provided

Home Safety Corner - Bike Safety

Bike riding can be a fun and active way to pass the time. Here are some handy hints to make sure your ride is as safe as possible:
  • Wear the right gear including an approved helmet
  • Choose the right bicycle and equipment for your ability
  • Maintain your bicycle in good condition
  • Ride safely and responsibly to avoid crashes
  • Learn the road rules and be aware of penalties
Always be ready to give way. Other road users should learn to share the road, but you can't make them, so ride in a manner that allows you to stop or give way at a moment's notice.

Drivers also need to be alert and provide at least 1m clearance when passing a cyclist at speeds below 60km/hr and 1.5 m when greater than 60km/hr.

Useful Links

NSW Bicycle Rider Handbook
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