School of Engineering Safety Requirements

Working On Campus

The School of Engineering houses world-class teaching and research works encompassing a range of fields and industries. In practicing in these fields researchers and students may come into contact with chemicals, motors, machinery, plant and equipment, electricity etc., all of which may pose expected and unexpected hazards.

As part of our commitment to the safety of our staff and students, we utilise a multi-tiered safety approach for all work conducted on Campus. Methods employed include training and inductions, assessments of risk and approval processes for purchases and access to hostile spaces.

Health and Safety Inductions

UWA and EMS utilise several induction tiers to ensure anyone working within the Faculty is confident and equipped with the information they need in the event of an emergency. It is important that all staff and HDR Students have completed all relevant inductions for the area they are to work and for the equipment and facilities they intend to use.

  • Online UWA Health and Safety Induction – To be completed by all UWA personnel.
  • Building Inductions – To be completed by anyone working within that building.
    • Accessed via LMS, please only complete the relevant building inductions.
  • Site Specific – Lab Inductions are required for anyone working in a laboratory or workshop. Includes information regarding lab conduct, emergency procedures and contacts, local hazards, local rules, and any additional safety information that apply to that particular space. All EMS Labs must have an induction process in effect. Contact the Lab Supervisor (details can be found on lab door) to organise your induction.
  • Task Specific – Hazardous equipment, facilities, tasks and operations will require specific training and endorsement of competence. Discuss this with your Supervisor or senior lab operator.

Specific Area / Task Inductions

  • EMS Tools Training Online Component - Contact the EMS Safety Support Team to book in or to schedule the practical training session. The online component must be completed prior to attendance
  • EMS Structures Lab Online Induction - Must be completed prior to entering the EMS Structures Lab. Upon completion contact the Structures Lab Technician to arrange a Local Lab Induction and to discuss your intended work. This must be completed prior to working in the lab.

Structures Lab Access Flowchart [PDF 171KB]

  • EMS Liquid Nitrogen Safe Handling and Storage -  Coming soon
Task and Activity Safe Planning

Beyond induction and training, an adequate assessment of risk is required before lab access is granted. UWA have several tools available to assist in risk assessment.

Laboratory projects are not to commence until a written Method Statement and an assessment of risk has been completed by you and your Supervisor. If your project has no identifiable hazards the Method Statement includes a ‘JSA waiver’ section that can be marked.

Each hazardous chemical to be used must be represented in a risk assessment. The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) must be reviewed as guidance.

All lab hazardous equipment must have an associated Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) or fall under a suitable assessment of risk.

Tools and Support Documents

EMS Safety Cheat Sheet (Download)

A quick reference guide for safety requirements and processes within EMS. It includes a flowchart that outlines each step of the key request process and for safely planning a Research Project.

 

Method Statement (Download)

The first step in describing your work and how you will complete it. All lab based project work must have a Method Statement.

 

Job Safety Analysis (JSA) (Download)

Used for short term tasks where you can clearly and chronologically define each step.

 

Risk Assessments 

A UWA General Risk Assessment is useful for longer term projects, operations or work areas where it is difficult to clearly define each step. This process consists of describing the activity, analysing it to determine whether hazards will be encountered and considering implementation of control measures to reduce the associated risks. Certain subject specific Risk Assessments are also available.

Download UWA General Risk Assessment

Download UWA Chemical Risk Assessment

Download Guide UWA General Risk Assessment

Download Risk Assessment Example - Bicycle Blender

Download Method Statement Example - Bicycle Blender

 

Working Alone / After Hours (Download EMS Work Plan)

After Hours Work and Working in Isolation is carefully managed at UWA. Any such work must be approved by Supervisor, the Safety Team and (if applicable) the Area Supervisor. Approved Work Plans must be immediately accessible during the course of such work.

 

For any enquires or guidance on what is the best options for your work, do not hesitate to contact the EMS Safety Support Team.

Working Off Campus


Performing work off University campus presents unique hazards and challenges which must be controlled.

The School maintains a register of all School based fieldwork. All fieldwork must be Supervisor approved and be added to the Fieldwork Register.

 If considering fieldwork please contact the School Operations Team to discuss your needs and requirements.

Further information on Fieldwork at UWA can found at the below links.

Off-campus activities – guidance and FAQs in regards to COVID

Fieldwork in rural and remote areas – includes Participant Registration and Planning forms

Driving in remote locations – procedures, guidance and support for driving of vehicles in remote locations, over long distances or off-road

Diving and Boating – operational guidance and resources for off-shore and marine work

Participant Declaration – To be completed annually by all fieldwork participants prior to commencement of fieldwork.

Safe Purchase of Goods / Chemicals

 

Compliance guidance for the safe purchase or supply of goods and related services for use in the workplace.

The University is responsible for providing support for the Occupational Safety and Health Policy and all subservient requirements relating to safe working practices. It requires that all persons requesting purchases comply with the Safety Requirements for Purchase or Supply of Goods Procedure.

Chemical Purchases

Chemical purchase, use, training and storage must be carefully considered and users must be aware of the risks, classes and classifications.

A Safe Purchase Assessment form must be submitted with the request to Finance. The form requires the involvement and endorsement by the Supervisor to ensure that they are aware of intended purchases. It also allows notice to enable appropriate preparative actions before committing to the purchase such as checking that storage options are adequate.

UWA uses a chemical inventory and database called Chemalert. All purchased chemicals must be listed accurately on Chemalert with regards to Manufacturer/Supplier, product number and physical storage location.

Chemical Safe Purchase Assessment [PDF, 118.4 KB]

Further information regarding safety requirements, including the UWA Purchasing Procedure, can be found on the UWA Safety and Health website.

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