Schools are required to identify and document all of their safety and health training requirements.
Procedures must be in place to ensure that individuals are competent to perform the task they are assigned. If this is not the case, then appropriate training should be provided, including ongoing training and refresher training.
- Identification of training needs
- Implementation of training
- School safety training
Identification of training needs
The level of training that an individual receives relates to the complexity of the task that is being undertaken and the level of hazard.
All supervisors are required to be familiar with the activities taking place in the areas under their control and identify the training needs of staff, researchers and students working in these areas.
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Implementation of training
Supervisors are required to provide training to staff, researchers and students working in the areas under their control.
The extent of the training must satisfy two requirements:
- Identify all area related safety procedures.
For example, hazardous substance management procedures for chemical laboratories.
To minimise the workload on supervisors it is suggested that area related safety procedures are identified and if appropriate, delivered in a group format. For instance, groups of laboratory users at the beginning of first semester.
- Identify all task related safety procedures.
For example, temperature testing with an associated risk of fire or explosion; or process testing involving concentrated acids under pressure.
Task related safety training in most cases is delivered on an individual basis because of the nature of the task. Group training may be appropriate if an identical task is performed by numerous individuals within the group.
Government legislation and UWA policy requires that training records are kept.
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School safety training
The School provides the following documented training schedules for staff, researchers and students:
- Biological Safety Training - this is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to work in the PC2 Biological Laboratory. Training records are provided.
- Chemical Safety Training - this is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to work in the Chemical Laboratory. Training records are provided.
- Instron Safety Training - no person is permitted to use the Instron 8501 without first receiving safety training. Training records are provided.
- Gantry and Hoist Safety Training - no person is permitted to use any gantry crane or lifting hoist without first receiving safety training. Students with a work related need i.e. Motorsport, may be eligible for training. Training records are provided.
- Hand Tool Safety Training - this training is designed for individuals without a technical or workshop background. It provides demonstrations and hands on practical assessments for individuals needing to use electrical hand tools in the course of their work. Training is currently available for angle grinders, routers, jigsaws and drills. Training records are provided.
- Student Manufacturing Laboratories - this training is provided to students attending Manufacturing Laboratories. Training is offered on lathe, sheet metal and general workshop practice. Training records are provided.
- Laser Safety Training - no person is permitted to work with a Class 3B or higher laser without completing a half day Laser Safety Course. Training records are provided.
- Formal Safety Training (External Providers) - This includes specialised certificated safety training provided outside of the School; either by the University or by a commercial provider.
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