Tag 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.

Think first when cycling during winter

It’s true, winter is coming and bringing with it colder and darker days. If you are cycling in the dark take care of yourself and look out for others when you’re on your bike.

Cycling brings a lot of freedom, you can cycle on the road, cycle paths and take shortcuts. This all makes cyclists quite mysterious, and some might say, unpredictable which can make pedestrians and motorists nervous.

Be a considerate cyclist and take a look at the tips below.

Tips to cycling in winter

  • Be seen – wear bright and reflective clothing.
  • Light up – make sure you have working head and tail lights on your bike.
  • Be predictable – use hand signals to let everyone know where you’re going.
  • Take care – cycle carefully in shaded areas where there might be ice and when it’s wet.
  • Wear your helmet – your brain is a valuable asset.

If you have more smart tips on cycle safety for winter, share them in the comments below.

Take care around James Logie building

From Monday 11 March there will be increased truck movements around James Logie building. Take care when you are in the area, follow directions on signage and use dedicated footpaths. With increased truck movements in the area it is also important not to stop your car in front of site gates to drop off and pick up others.

All trucks moving in and out of the site will have a spotter on foot, but you still need to take care in the area and be aware of your surroundings.

Think first. Kia mataara.

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 learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone Marjorie Blake.

Prevention of Harassment and Bullying Policy

UC’s Harassment Policy has recently been revised and is now called the Prevention of Harassment and Bullying Policy.

UC is committed to providing a harassment-free and bullying-free environment where all people are treated with respect and dignity and can contribute and participate to their full potential.

The UC community is encouraged to familiarise themselves with the revised policy via the UC Policy Library.