Uni of Adelaide is a workplace safety champion

The University of Adelaide's North Terrace Campus.
Photo by Randy Larcombe.

The University of Adelaide's North Terrace Campus.
Photo by Randy Larcombe.

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Monday, 31 October 2011

The University of Adelaide has won one of the major awards in this year's 2011 Safe Work Awards.

The University was awarded the title of Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System in the Public Sector.

Minister for Industrial Relations Russell Wortley said: "The University of Adelaide demonstrated how it makes safety a core component of its wide range of work activities with a safety management system the judges noted was successful in reducing incidents and injury claims."

Mr Wortley paid tribute to the commitment and dedication of all the winners, saying they fully deserved their new-found status as champions of workplace safety in SA.

The judges said: "The University of Adelaide impressed the judges with its commitment to OHS through many levels; including its systems, planning, investment of resources, and integration into all levels of activity. Of note was the attention to detail that even identified the potential safety risks associated with travel.

"The implementation of its highly-structured OHS management system has seen a steady decline of incidents, resulting in fewer WorkCover claims and near-miss reporting."

The winners of the major categories will represent their state at the national Safe Work Awards in April 2012.

Dr Sharyn Gaskin, Research Associate in the Discipline of Public Health also won one of SafeWork SA's Augusta Zadow Scholarships.

Dr Gaskin will use the scholarship in her research to better understand the influence of cosmetics on the skin absorption of chemicals amongst female workers. She hopes her project will lead to better guidance on the health effects that wearing cosmetics may have on workers who handle chemicals, such as cleaning agents.

 

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Ms Robyn Mills
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