Category Archives: Health and Safety

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

As an emergency event has the potential to seriously affect the University, we aim to be as prepared as possible for all eventualities.

The University’s Emergency Management team is responsible for the creation and distribution of an Emergency Procedures flip chart, which you’ll find across all UC departments, service units and colleges, outlining what to do in various types of emergencies.

This is not a definitive list, but the chart is updated as and when required.

Emergency procedures flip chart

Following the events of March 15 for example, a new page was created to clarify the University’s ‘Lockdown’ procedure.

The three main priorities of a lockdown at UC are:

  1. Get notified
    • UC’s UCGo mobile app will send emergency push notifications letting you know what’s happened, and what to do next. Download it now>
    • Help Point towers across campus will be activated and instruct you where to go
  2. Get to a safe location
    • Remain inside and move to your building’s designated safe spot.

Security will be in touch with building occupants over the coming weeks to confirm the location of designated safe spots.

  • If you’re outside at the time, proceed to the nearest building and head to its designated safe spot
  1. Wait for more information
    • UC’s Emergency Personnel and Communications team will keep you up to date.

In the event of any lockdown situation, students will be instructed to follow staff.

For more information on the updated flip chart, which is being distributed across campus now,  click here or contact the Emergency Management team.

Australasian University Health Challenge (10,000 Steps)

AUHC

Yesterday (1 August) marked the first official day for signups on the Australasian University Health Challenge. If you haven’t heard much about it then visit our website for a bit more information.

In short there are 12 universities from Australia and New Zealand, challenging each other to see who can get the most steps from August 19 to September 29. So we invite you, your friends, colleagues, students, and anyone with two legs to join us in feeling healthier whilst beating the Aussies.

Why are we doing this challenge you may ask? Well less than 20% of Australian adults reach the recommended level of 10,000 steps per day on average. What is more shocking is nearly half (49%) of all New Zealand adults do not achieve at least 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 days or more per week according to the Ministry of Health annual update 2013/14. That there is a shocking number! Multiple studies have shown that physical activity and exercise can help lower cholesterol, improve cognitive function, improve blood pressure, and bring happiness. With all these benefits this challenge is literally a walk in the park.

Join up by visiting our website or heading to the 10,000 steps page

Universities Step Challenge – 10,000 Step Challenge

Just like the Aotearoa Bike Challenge at the start of this year in February, we are inviting you to join in on the Universities step challenge. The challenge has been set by the team at CQ University Australia and they have invited campuses all around Australia and New Zealand to join in.  It is open to all staff, students, and anyone who is associated with UC, with official registrations of the challenge starting on 1 August (SO SAVE THE DATE!)

The challenge is simple, you need to complete 10,000 steps a day from 19 August to 29 September. As daunting as this may sound, it is not impossible. Once you take into account walking to and from office, up and down stairs, to and from meetings, and around the campus, the steps starts to rack up without you even knowing.

So who are we battling against in the challenge of the steps? Well there are a total of 12 universities across Australasia in the Universities Step Challenge.

The Australian universities are:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Southern Cross University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast
  • The University of Queensland
  • Western Sydney University

The champions universities in New Zealand are:

  • The University of Canterbury
  • The University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

Being the only campus from the South Island we need to show the others the true grit of Canterbury walking. We already won the Super Rugby so now’s not the time to slow down. Let’s keep this championship mentality going forward one step at a time as each step is in the right direction for you overall health and wellness. Jump onto our website to get more information or talk to your faculty coordinator to join the team in the challenge. If you don’t know who they are then please get in contact with me via email.

Go on, take on the challenge. EVERY STEP COUNTS!

Closing Soon – VC Awards and Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards

Don’t miss the opportunity to put forward your application for the Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards, or the Health Safety and Wellbeing Awards.

Applications close on Wednesday 17 July.

Please email any Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards applications to learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz, or send via internal mail to Marjorie Blake, Learning and Development, Human Resources, Level 2 Henry Field Library.

Email any Health, Safety and Wellbeing awards to health-safety@canterbury.ac.nz , or send via internal mail to Lo Botha, Health & Safety Team, Level 8, West.

Australasian University Health Challenge – Save the Date

Step up and step out. The University of Canterbury is in a race to out-step eleven other universities in the first Australian University Health Challenge.

Just like the Aotearoa Bike Challenge earlier this year in February, we are inviting you to join the Australasian University Health Challenge for August. This challenge has been set up by the team at CQ University Australia and they have invited campuses all around Australia and New Zealand to join in.

All you need is your 2 feet and the will to complete 10,000 steps a day from 19 August to 29 September. This may sound like a crazy task but you’d be surprised to know that if you add in all your steps from walking around campus and to and from meetings they starts to accumulate without you even knowing.

The challenge does not start until 19 August and the official registration does not open until 1 August. However if you are eager to jump on early and count your steps then by all means do so! You can sign up early and keep track of your steps by visiting their website.

Who are the twelve universities involved in this battle? Well check out the competition below

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Southern Cross University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Western Sydney University
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Canterbury
  • The University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

With UC being the only University from the South Island of New Zealand, let us show the north that we can step! But why stop there… lets show the Aussies we mean business too! So save the date 19 August to 29 September 29.