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Asbestos detected in gauze mats

The Ministry of Education has advised that two types of ceramic Bunsen Burner gauze mats recently analysed have been found to contain Tremolite asbestos, a rare form of asbestos.

The asbestos is considered to be low risk. The gauze mat is a bonded product, similar to asbestos sheeting in houses.

The Ministry of Health has advised that the risk to students and staff who have been using these mats is likely to be very low, provided the mats are in good condition (i.e. not broken or showing signs of deterioration – cracking, powdering etc.).

As the health and safety of students and staff is paramount, the Ministry of Education are working with the appropriate agencies to identify all suppliers and schools with the product.

The product will be recalled and the Trading Standards (a business unit within MBIE) will be working with known suppliers to ensure the recall process is effective and appropriate.

Collection and Removal
If these items are present within the University, they are to be disposed of as asbestos waste. For more information, contact the Health and Safety team.

To view the full Ministry Bulletin, click here>

RMSS Processes User Guide

Do you use RMSS?

Ever find it a battle? It can be a tricky program to use at times!

RMSS is the Risk Management Safety System used to report Injury, Illness, Discomfort and Pain, Near Miss, Incident, and Serious Harm.

Have a look through this Quickstart guide on the RMSS processes.

RMSS Processes – Quickstart Guide

Next time you can find the notes in the Event Reporting and Investigation drawer in the Health & Safety Toolkit (on the right side of the page).


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In future, you can find the Quickstart guide in the Event Reporting and Investigation ‘drawer’ of the Health & Safety Toolkit. On opening the drawer, you will find the link to the guide on the right hand side of the page.

Feedback welcome on UC’s Harassment Policy

UC’s Harassment Policy is under review. Staff and students are welcome to provide feedback on the draft Policy before it is updated. Feedback may be emailed to summer.pringle@canterbury.ac.nz by 12.00pm on Thursday 3 May. Alternatively, Tim Turnbull and Summer Pringle from HR, along with Julie Pratt from Student Services, will be available to receive feedback in person at an informal drop-in session on Thursday 3 May between 11.00am and 12.00pm in the Engineering Core meeting room 1 (room 129 on the ground floor).

Construction work near Health Centre/UCSA site

Construction work on a new sub-station is under way near the Health Centre/UCSA site. The sub-station will service buildings in the area.

Temporary fencing is in place around the work site. Two car parks will be unavailable during the work to allow construction vehicle access.

Please follow any detours and signage in place around the work area. Take care when travelling through the area and look out for others.

Kia mataara. Think first.

VC General Staff and Health & Safety Award Recipients

A great time was had by all last Friday 25 August celebrating the recipients of the VC General Staff and Health & Safety Awards! A massive congratulations to everyone who won and thanks to everyone who came to support their efforts.

Find more information on what the awards were for here.

Recipients of the VC General Staff Award

  • Ashalyna Noa
  • Damian Cairns
  • Leonie Partridge
  • Nigel Harris
  • Pauline Luafutu-Simpson
  • Stuart Broughton

Recipients of the Health and Safety Awards

  • Catherine Sellin
  • Julian Farmer
  • Kirsten Carey
  • Student Services and Communications Engagement Group
  • Will Shannon

Well done to everyone!

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