Health & Safety
21 October 2012
It's Safe Work Australia week!
15 October 2012
It's global handwashing day!
Handwashing with soap has an important role to play in child survival and health. About 2.2 million children aged <5 years die each year from diarrheal diseases or pneumonia, the top two killers of young children worldwide. Handwashing is not only simple and inexpensive, but handwashing with soap can reduce the incidence of diarrhea by 30% and respiratory infections by 21% among children aged <5 years.
14 August 2012
9 July 2012
New Waste Bins
- New larger (60L) yellow bins for biological waste will replace the current white bins. The large yellow sulo bins in the Wallace Wurth corridors will be removed.
- New cytotoxic waste bins will replace the current purple bins.
- Sharps bins remain the same and should be placed inside the new yellow bins.
The bins hold a larger volume of waste which should alleviate over-filling, require fewer bins in the lab and eliminate the need for the large sulo bins in the corridors. They have a lid which can be locked shut once the bin is ready to be taken away.
The bins will be taken off site for incineration, and will no longer be autoclaved in the Lowy Building.
Biological liquid waste will continue to be decontaminated and sent out as chemical waste.
Will be replaced with
31 May 2012
New SoMS Immunisation Protocol – All staff and students who require immunisation as part of their work in SoMS can claim the cost of the immunisation from the Schools budget – see here for more details.
New SoMS Internal Transport Protocol – Please ensure that all dangerous goods are transported safely, according to the protocol. Always use the plastic Eskys provided and zip-lock plastic bags for use inside the Esky are available from the Research Support Officers or room G13 – see here for more details.
New Liquid Nitrogen Room (LG09) Access Protocol – Supervisors must induct workers to the area and workers must sign the local area’s SWP in order to get swipe-card access. Please remember to keep the door open when you are working inside LG09 to maintain adequate ventilation – see here for more details. Guidance on working with liquid nitrogen can be found here.
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