Health & Safety Training Courses 2019

The 2019 H&S Training Schedule has been finalised and enrolments are now open for the H&S Core Training.

  • Comprehensive First Aid (Unit Standards 06400, 06401, 06402)  – If your role requires that you have First Aid Certification please enrol onto this course. Enrolments for General First Aiders are reviewed, and approved based on the level of cover per area. If you have several First Aiders in your area your enrolment may not be approved.
  • First Aid Revalidation – If you are a First Aid Certificate holder please check you expiry date (can be found here), and book onto a corresponding Revalidation course. You have 3 months from the expiry of your certificate to revalidate, otherwise you will need to take the 2 day Comprehensive course. 
  • Field Activities Training – If your role requires you be a Field Activity Leader or Deputy Leader, you will need ensure that you have attended the Field Activity Training.  If you have not attended the training in over 2 years, now would be a good time to refresh your training. Should anything happen on any Field Trip that you are leading the investigators will be looking at your training record to ensure that you have met your obligations.
  • Fire Extinguisher and Evacuation Training – This course is relevant to all staff, particularly named Building and Floor wardens, but as important to any staff who work in areas that are ‘First to Armband’ such as teaching spaces. It is facilitated by Fire Fighting Pacific, and includes a practical Fire Extinguisher use, which increases your confidence to pick up an extinguisher and use it to clear your exit if needed.
  • Risk Management – This course should be attended by all staff who identify, control, and monitor hazards and risks in their area of work (that is possibly everyone).
  • Health and Safety Rep Training – Please contact Angie Willington for information relating to your H&S Rep training.

Please discuss your training requirements with your manager and complete any enrolments via UCPeople.

If you have any questions regarding enrolling in a course please contact, or phone Marjorie Blake.

UC collective agreements renewed

The University of Canterbury (UC) and the combined onsite unions have renewed their collective agreements for another three-year period.

Staff covered by the Collective Agreements will receive wage increases of 2% in 2019, 2.5% in 2020 and 3% in 2021, with lowest waged staff to be paid a minimum of $20.55 per hour from 2019.

This settlement is estimated to affect around 1800 academic and general staff in a variety of occupations, including lecturers, department administrators, bridging programme teachers, maintenance staff, IT services staff, technicians, medical practitioners, clinical educators, cleaning and grounds staff.

UC Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr says it is important for this agreement to be recognised for the milestone it is.

“For several years, the University has relied on government support post-quake to enable its recovery and rebuild. During that very difficult time for Canterbury, one of the influences on the level of settlements has been the focus on retaining as many jobs at UC as possible,” Dr Carr says.

“This year, with increasing student numbers and enrolment applications for next year looking particularly strong, UC has reached a recovery milestone. We should all be pleased that, following a constructive bargaining process, we have achieved a mutually agreeable settlement.”

TEU Canterbury Organiser Gabrielle Moore says the unions are delighted that the lowest waged staff within the coverage of the collective agreements will be paid a minimum of $20.55 per hour from 2019 and will have the second and third year percentage increases applied to those rates.

“The cleaners in particular have asked that we thank their union member colleagues and the Vice Chancellor for increasing their pay to an amount we consider to be a decent wage, one that means that it will create a better work-life balance for our members allowing for a basic but decent standard of living,” Ms Moore says.

Haere-roa update

Haere-roa, the new UCSA building is starting to take shape – the structural frame has been completed, and roof and cladding works are almost complete with the building due to be weather tight early in the New Year. Internally the work continues at pace with good progress being made on pipework, ducts, cables and walls.

While work on Haere-roa is progressing, there have been some challenges along the way that have resulted in a delay to the construction programme. This means Haere-roa is now scheduled to open in Semester 2 2019.

UCSA’s offices and the Events Centre/Foundry will remain in their current locations during Semester 1 next year.

Find out more about the new UCSA building and the meaning behind its name, Haere-roa.

Weddell Sea Expedition underway

Associate Professor Wolfgang Rack (expedition remote sensing coordinator) and drone pilot Paul Bealing (Gateway Antarctica / Geography) were farewelled by a large crowd of Antarcticans, students, staff, and stakeholders who congregated at the Biological Science Building, Atrium earlier this week.

The two are departing to undertake in the Weddell Sea Expedition, a privately funded expedition to the most remote marine area of the world to conduct cutting edge science and marine archaeology.

One of the expedition highlights is to locate the ship wreck Endurance of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition, which is expected to be in 3000m depth after it sank in 1915.

A large team of UC and Christchurch based people are involved in this undertaking:

  • Greg Hatley (summer scholarship student), Usama Farooq and Shanelle Dyer (postgraduate students) will support the ship from Christchurch with high resolution satellite images.
  • Campbell McDiarmid (MSc student of the Wireless Research Centre) developed a sea ice experiment using a drone.
  • Adrian Tan from Lincoln Agritech provided a radar antenna for drone measurements.
  • Neil Gilbert (Constantia Consulting, Gateway Antarctica adjunct fellow) is the designated point of contact ashore, and provided the assessment for the environmental impact and the expedition’s risk management.

The UC contingency, which is responsible for sea ice measurements and remote sensing on the ship, will leave Cape Town on 30 December and is expected back on 19 February.

For more on UC’s involvement in the Weddell Sea Expedition, click here>

Photo: the UC expedition gear is loaded on the South African icebreaker Agulhas II (November 2018)

Keeping UC staff informed