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The University is committed to best practice in safety risk management as an integral part of good management.
The physical environment, movement of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, theft and assault and environmental related events (storms, lightning) all have an impact on the personal safety of those on our campus.
The establishment of the Risk Management Division in 2009, to cover internal audit, business risk management, and insurance services, recognises the increasing complexities, regulatory requirements and stakeholder expectations facing the University. The University now has a cohesive, strategic and structured approach to managing risk.
UWA is committed to providing a safe and secure environment on campus through design and practices such as:
The planned Emergency Call Points program and access control of buildings will improve security and personal safety. As the campus and off-campus population increases, there is a growing risk of personal injury from the intermingling of transport modes – pedestrians, cyclists, service vehicles, public transport and general traffic. Vehicle access control (remotely controlled barriers with inter-visibility and communications) will reduce the number of vehicles using the inner campus and enhance pedestrian safety.
The University has Emergency Plans and Procedures and a Critical Incident Management Plan in place. Emergency response procedures (booklets, posters, emergency phone numbers) are displayed across the campus and included in staff and student inductions. The University has installed emergency warning systems, emergency control procedures and emergency control organisations. A building-specific and campus-wide public address system would greatly assist in emergency related communications including for building lockdowns.
It is envisaged that planned additional student accommodation will bring about more campus activity 24 hours a day the year round. For safety and security, future planning should incorporate the principles of crime prevention through environmental design and use a scale and quality of development to stamp a ‘university city’ cultural brand on the area.