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Safe at work committees

WHS consultation

Effective consultation is critical in the effective management of Work Health and Safety (WHS). There are both formal and informal consultation mechanism at UOW.  Informal mechanisms include:

  • Team meetings
  • Emails
  • Discussions with your supervisor
  • Newsletters

Your supervisor should be the first contact person for reporting any health and safety incidents, hazards or issues. In addition, all workers are encouraged to report any health and safety incidents, hazards or concerns in the workplace using UOW’s online reporting system.

 The University has a 3 tier Formal consultation structure which is outlined below:

  • Tier 1: WHS committee which is responsible for resolving and communicating about university wide WHS issues.
  • Tier 2: Safe at Work committees (SWC)  or Safe at Work representative (SWR) which are responsible for resolving and communicating about Division or Faculty wide WHS issues. Any issues that can not be resolved at this level can be passed onto the Tier 1 committee.
  • Tier 3: School or unit committees which are responsible for resolving and communicating about local WHS issues. Any issues that can not be resolved at the level can be passed on to the Tier 2 committee.

WHS committee

The WHS committee is responsible for resolving and communicating about university wide WHS issues and has both employee and employer representatives. Key roles of the committee are to:

  • provide a forum that will allow consultation and discussion between management and employees at the University to aid in achieving a safe workplace
  • advise the University on effective ways to ensure the health and safety of staff, students, visitors and contractors
  • encourage all staff, students and contractors to work together to establish a safe and healthy working environment, and
  • enable all persons employed by the University of Wollongong and persons covered by legislation to be able to refer matters to the Committee for advice and assistance

2020 meeting dates

MonthDateTimeLocationActivityExecutive Dean Invitee
February 11/2/2020  10.30-11.30 36.304  

Vacant

April 7/4/2020 11.00-12.00 via Webex
  • Extraordinary Meeting
Prof Colin Picker
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
April 14/4/2020  10.30-11.30 via Webex   N/A
May 12/5/2020 2.00-3.00 via Webex
  • Additional monthly meeting scheduled to address COVID-19 issues
 
N/A
June 16/6/2020  10.30-11.30 via Webex   Vacant
July 21/7/2020 10.30-11.30 via Webex
  • Additional monthly meeting scheduled to address COVID-19 issues
 
N/A
August 18/8/2020  10.30-11.30 via Webex   Prof Valerie Linton
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
September 22/9/2020 10.30-11.30 via Webex
  • Additional monthly meeting scheduled to address COVID-19 issues
 
N/A
October 20/10/2020  10.30-11.30 via Webex
  • National Safe Work Month
  • Mental Health Month
Prof Alison Jones
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
November 17/11/2020 10.30-11.30 via Webex
  • Additional monthly meeting scheduled to address COVID-19 issues
N/A
December 15/12/2020 10.30-12.00

via Webex

  • Safe@Work Committee Chairs/ Safe@Work Representatives attend
  • There will be no End of Year Safe@Work Function after meeting due to COVID-19
N/A

Note: Meetings will be held remotely via Webex Meetings until further notice.

2021 meeting dates

  • Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of every 2nd month, with the exception of April as there are reduced working days/weeks due to Easter and SAL.
  • Additional meetings have been scheduled for the off-month to address COVID-19 issues, however these will cease when the risk eases.
MonthDateTimeLocationActivityExecutive Dean Invitee
February 4/2/2021 10.30-11.30 36.304 or via Webex
  • Meeting will be followed by Planning Session 

Prof Glenn Salkeld
Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

^March 4/3/2021 10.30-11.30 36.304 or via Webex
  • Additional monthly meeting scheduled to address COVID-19 issues
N/A 
No meeting will be held in April as there are reduced working days/weeks due to Easter and SAL
^May 6/5/2021 10.30-11.30 36.304 or via Webex
  • Additional monthly meeting scheduled to address COVID-19 issues
N/A 
June 3/6/2021 10.00-11.00 36.303/305 or via Webex   Prof Colin Picker
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
^July 1/7/2021 10.30-11.30 36.304 or via Webex
  • Additional monthly meeting scheduled to address COVID-19 issues
N/A 
August 5/8/2021 10.30-11.30 36.304 or via Webex   Prof Valerie Linton
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
^September 2/9/2021 10.30-11.30 36.304 or via Webex
  • Additional monthly meeting scheduled to address COVID-19 issues
N/A 
October 7/10/2021 10.30-11.30 36.304 or via Webex
  • National Safe Work Month
  • Mental Health Month

Prof Alison Jones
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

^November 4/11/2021 10.30-11.30 36.304 or via Webex
  • Additional monthly meeting scheduled to address COVID-19 issues
N/A 
December 9/12/2021 10.30-12.00

36.304 or via Webex

  • Safe@Work Committee Chairs/ Safe@Work Representatives attend
  • End of Year Safe@Work Function after meeting
N/A

Safe at work committees

Safe at Work committees are responsible for resolving and communicating about Division or Faculty wide WHS issues and have representation form students, employee and management. Any issues that can not be resolved at this level can be passed onto the WHS committee.They are also responsible for assisting with regular workplace inspections and ensuring staff and students receive the appropriate training and inductions.

Faculty/DivisionChair
SMAH Ron Sluyter
IHMRI Katie Cicero
ASSH Hayley McCarrol
EIS TBA
Business and Law Lynnaire Sheridan
Library Jo-anne Lombardi
Shoalhaven Teresa Bourke
IMTS Paul Morgan
Accommodation Chris Tulloch
DVCE/Senior DVC Dhammika Ruberu
FMD Mark Dee

*Note: The LHA and Social Sciences recently merged to become ASSH. There has not yet been a Safe@Work Committee meeting for the new Faculty to confirm membership and Chairperson.


Safe at work representatives

In some cases the utilisation of a Safe at Work representative to act as a formal consultation mechanism for WHS matters may be preferred instead of establishing a Safe at Work Committee especially for small or low risk areas.  Safe at Work representatives act as a point of contact to assist with resolving and communication about Division or Faculty wide WHS issues. Any issues that can not be resolved at this level can be passed onto the WHS committee. For more information about the role and responsibilities of a SWR see the Terms of Reference for SWRs.

 

PortfolioSafe at work representative

Chief Operating Officer

Catherine Troman (Human Resources Division)

Michelina Weatherall (Business Improvement & Assurance Division)

DVC Global Strategy Tanya Austin (International Engagement and Coordination)
DVC Research & Innovation Aimee Wall (Research Services Office)
DVC Health & Communities Catherine Ross (Metropolitan Campuses)

School or unit safety committees

School or unit safety committees are responsible for resolving and communication about local WHS issues. Any issues that can not be resolved at this level can be passed on to the areas Safe at work committee. They are also responsible for assiting with regular workplace inspections and ensuring staff and students receive the appropriate training and inductions.

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