Tag Archives: Health & Safety

We’re about to spring forward, are you emergency ready?

As you turn your clock forward this daylight savings, it’s a great opportunity to check you have a good understanding of what you need to do to remain healthy and safe at UC, and that you’re prepared for any possible emergency.

Take a moment to refresh yourself on the Health & Safety Policy, and have a look through the checklist below to make sure you’re emergency ready.

  • Are your UCGO push notifications turned on?

There will be an emergency test in the morning on Wednesday 30 September.

The UCGO app brings essential UC tools to your phone. One of these tools is emergency push notifications. These are only used when there is a campus wide emergency we need you to know about, and could include campus evacuations and lock-down situations.

  • Have you updated your emergency contacts?

Keep your emergency contact details updated – go to People Soft to check your information is correct. Instructions are available here>

  • Have you saved UC Security’s number in your phone?

You never know when you might need their help, be prepared by having UC Security’s number saved: 0800 823 637.

  • Do you know where the Emergency Procedures are located in your department? 

All departments and service units have an Emergency Procedures flip chart outlining what to do in various types of emergencies. The flip charts are on display throughout the University. If you have not seen the flip charts, ask where they are or view the PDF file versions of each page here.

  • Do you know who your department’s Health & Safety Representatives are?  

Health and Safety Representatives are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters. See who your H&S rep is here>

The best place to go with all up to date information about UC’s Commitment to Health, Safety and Wellbeing is online here.

New Health and Safety Representatives Elected

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S Reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

NameDepartment/Service Unit


Naomi van den BroekArts Centre – College of Arts
Rayleen FredericksCAPE – College of Engineering
Diego RamirezECE – College of Engineering
Cameron BellMaths & Stats – College of Engineering
Christopher AtkinsonElectrical Services – Facilities Services
Prasanna MuppallaProperty & Vehicle Services – Learning Resources
Sam GarmonswayRec Centre – UC Sport & Recreation
Kathryn HarrisonLiaison – Student Services
Leonie PartridgeAlumni & UC Foundation – SSAC
Aidan MoodyFine Arts – College of Arts
Amarjit “AJ” SinghSecurity – Facilities Management


Health & Safety Representative Elections 2020

Health and Safety, UC News

Health & Safety Representatives – Nominations Open

10 August 2020

Nominations are sought for the position of Health and Safety Representative for the following departments/areas:

Committee GroupDept/Service 


College of ArtsArts Centre1
College of Business and LawCollege Office1
College of EngineeringChemical & Process Engineering1
College of EngineeringElectrical & Computer1
College of EngineeringMathematics & Statistics1
People, Culture & CampusFacilities Services1
People, Culture & CampusProperty & Vehicle Services2
People, Culture & CampusSecurity & CCS1
People, Culture & CampusUC Logistics1
Service 1Vice-Chancellor’s Office/Registrar1
Service 1Pacific Development1
Service 1Careers, Internships & Employment1
Student LifeUC Sport & Recreation Centre1
Student LifeSSAC (Liaison)1
Student LifeAlumni and UC Foundation1

Nominations are open from: 9:00am on 10 August 2020 until 5:00pm on 21 August 2020.

  • Full list of Health and Safety Representatives
  • A description of the Health and Safety Representative role can be seen on the here.
  • If you would like to discuss the role or have any questions, please contact Angie Willington from the Health and Safety Team or your union representative.
    Completed nomination forms should be returned in a sealed envelope marked “Voting Papers” to:
    Health & Safety Coordinator, Health & Safety Office, Okeover House

Professional Development opportunities in June

There no time like the present plan and book onto relevant Professional Development courses through Learning and Development.

We are currently taking registrations for the following face to face workshops in June:
We have some back up plans for any workshops that may not proceed due to restrictions. Don’t let this put you off enrolling.

3 June – Leading Change
4 June & 9 July – Rainbow (LGBTQI+) Awareness
10 June – Cross-Cultural Interactions
11 June – Delegating and Influencing
12 & 19 June – Te Reo Māori for the Workplace
17 June – Growing Personal Resilience
23 June – Presentation Skills
24 June – Mental Health & Wellbeing Awareness for Heads and Managers
25 June – Challenging Client Situations
29 June & 3 July – Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora

Check out what other opportunities are available on the Learning and Development site – including all health and safety courses.

We have put together a page about learning remotely, which contains some ideas for learning from home. Read more here.

Heart attack! Where you can find AEDs on campus.

If you encounter someone having a heart attack, you could save their life if you act quickly.

What is an AED?

An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try and restore a normal rhythm.

AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, commonly referred to as a heart attack (source).

You don’t need training to use an AED – the unit tells you what to do.

(AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator)

Where can I find an AED on Campus?

Use the Campus Maps page on the UC Website to find the locations of AEDs on campus.

  1. Type AED into the Search box at the top left.
  2. Press Enter.
    – heart symbols appear on the map, indicating the location of each AED on the Campus.
  3. Click a heart symbol to view an AED’s precise location.
Picture of map showing locations of AEDs on University of Canterbury campus.
Locations of AEDs on campus can be found using the map on UC’s website.

Why would I need an AED?

  • Each year more than 2,000 New Zealanders will suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital.
  • For 72% of cardiac arrests a bystander will perform CPR
  • People may show no warnings or prior symptoms and 12% survive to hospital discharge following a cardiac arrest
  • Use of an AED within 3-5 min of collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 44% (source).

If you’d like instruction on  First Aid, courses are run by Health & Safety, accessible through the L&D Professional Development Programme.

More Health & Safety links are available here.