Tag Archives: Health & Safety

Action on prevention of harassment and sexual violence

The University is committed to ensuring all members of the UC community are treated in a respectful and equitable way. A number of initiatives have been implemented this year, or are progressing.

  • For the last six months UC has an anti-sexual violence working group comprising academic, general staff and student representation including Thursdays in Black rep
  • UC has reviewed its anti-harassment policy.  It has been discussed comprehensively with the senior management team. UC will be finalising and launching a revised policy within the next month or so
  • UC has mapped its response and complaint processes and will be further documenting and publishing them within the next six to eight weeks
  • UC has identified additional staff training  – 30 staff representatives from across the University will attend the training today (Friday)
  • UC has revamped its website which includes improved and new pages on:

       >Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
        >Bystander Intervention
        >Healthy Relationships
        >Support
        >Report

      Staff and student feedback is welcome.

  • UC has relaunched its Student Code of Conduct in 2018 and has undertaken additional educational programmes for students to support enhanced awareness of issues of harassment and appropriate behaviour
  • UC has re-assessed its processes prior to students undertaking internships to address health and safety issues
  • UC is collaborating with other universities under UNZ to improve awareness and tools to combat sexual harassment across the sector
  • If staff or students wish to raise a concern or a complaint information is available at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/concerns/  or students can access support from Health and Counselling, Student Care or UCSA’s Advocacy and Welfare team.  Staff can access support from their manager or HR advisor.

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).