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Australian Defence Force Suicide Prevention Program (ADF SPP)

From http://www.defence.gov.au/health/DMH/i-spp.htm

Optimal mental health is a key component in maintaining the overall capability of the Australian Defence Force. Defence recognises the importance that mental health plays in a Defence member's overall wellbeing and is committed to promoting positive mental health. 

A Defence member's reactive stress to factors (such as interpersonal trauma, vocational, financial, and/or legal difficulties) can precipitate suicide, self harm, or harm to others. Suicide and self harm behaviour can also be associated with a number of psychiatric disorders including depressive and personality disorders and substance misuse.

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This guide is available in a book or pdf format, and its a good thing too. I believe the Australian Defense Force Suicide Prevention Program is vital for military life. Military life is one of the most mentally demanding, draining and traumatizing occupations there is. This guide is divided into four levels,  ranging from a humble introductory course, to clinical suicide assessment training. Suicide is not always obvious and expected, I believe everybody should read the guide for the own personal benefit.

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Physical security management guidelines

From http://www.protectivesecurity.gov.au/physicalsecurity/Documents/Security-zones-and-risk-mitigation-control-measures.pdf

1.1 Purpose
The Australian Government physical security management guidelines—Security zones and risk mitigation
control measures provide guidance on achieving a consistent approach to determining physical security
controls in agency facilities.
They aid agencies to protect their people, information and physical assets.

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This guidelines takes an extensive look into the physical security of any Australian government facilities, cargo and goods etc. and government employees. This guideline coincides with  Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF). The guidelines are split into four big parts: risk mitigation and assurance measures,  the Security Zones methodology and requirements,  details of individual control measures, and  a checklist for agencies reviewing physical security measures. After reading the document, the person or solider should have a better understanding of risk withing Australian borders or overseas. They should be able to 'reduce the residual risks to an acceptable level to the agency, or where this is not possible, lower the 

likelihood of compromise, loss of availability, or loss of integrity as much as possible, then apply minimum controls determined by the business impact level of the compromise, loss of availability or loss of integrity of the information'.

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Cold Weather Injury Risk Analysis and Management in a Tasmanian Army Reserve Battalion

 From http://jmvh.org/article/cold-weather-injury-risk-analysis-and-management-in-a-tasmanian-army-reserve-battalion/

Abstract

Cold Weather Injury (CWI) is a significant threat to military capability in Tasmania. In 2011, the Royal Tasmanian Regiment implemented a cold weather training policy and training package to formalise risk management and preserve military capability in training and operations. This article summarises relevant literature pertaining to military CWI and outlines an approach to risk mitigation based on the hierarchy of controls. A whole of command approach to preserving capability and preventing casualties in cold climate training is outlined and potential broader applications of this approach are discussed.

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The Cold Weather Injury guide takes a moderate analysis into all factors relating to cold weather climate. It covers a wide range of subjects such as risk factors, risk management, control measures and more. The report is aimed more at people in management positions, however, I believe the average soldier could always benefit with a quick read, especially if they have had no experience in cold weather climates. 

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Motobike Riding - Safety Issues

Motobike Riding - Safety Issues | OHS and Enviromental Science | Scoop.it
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Daniel Wallace is a motorbike enthusiast. He loves to take his bike for a ride, and Daniel his all too aware of the many dangers and hazards on the road. Firstly, Dan knows that stopping quickly on a motorbike is tricky, as the motorbike will slide out due to there only being two wheels. Daniel has had close calls before stopping like this before, and takes extra caution when riding behind other vehicles. Another issues are other drivers awareness of motorbikes, as many will not see Daniel just because they are looking for a car. Daniel always rides his bike under the pretense that other drivers are blind. Lastly, Daniel always follows the law for his own safety, and always wears a helmet. People are approximately 16 times more likely die on a motorbike than in a car, so Daniel always takes his helmet seriously.

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Traffic Control - Safety Issues

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Meet Gregory Giel, he is a traffic controller which essentially, he controls the safety of the vehicles passing by. Greg himself has dressed safely for the day at work, a wide brim hat to protect against the sun and a bright orange shirt to increase visibility. For his work, Greg has a responsibility to be alert to traffic at all times, paying sharp attention to his radio making sure the workers at the job site are clear from the road before allowing traffic through.Sometimes, Greg is exposed to hazards such as dust, but in the outside with wind blowing, there hasn't been any complaints.

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Career Advice on becoming an Environmental Scientist by Joanne F (Full Version) - YouTube

Visit http://icould.com/videos/joanne-f/ for more careers info. Keen scientist, Joanne F, was disappointed when Genetic Engineering at Leeds was oversubscrib...
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This is a very encouraging video for me as I have been a bit directionless in my life. Its nice to hear people discuss the profession and it gives me some ideas for what I want to achieve.

 

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Why a Texas fertilizer plant explosion like the one in West could happen again - 2013-Sep-30

Why a Texas fertilizer plant explosion like the one in West could happen again - 2013-Sep-30 | OHS and Enviromental Science | Scoop.it
The explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, in April 2013 seemed like a freak accident. In reality, Texas has more than 100 similar facilities — and any one ...
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The idea about the public knowing about the location of these plants is an interesting issue. Having to contact a local fire station to find out about them does seem like a good deterrent for those who would do harm, although I don't think it will do much to stop those who are highly motivated. The lack of fire-code is quite bad in my opinion, and the fact the it is 'voluntary' is a total disregard for human life. How could anyone justify that? I am glad I live in a country where such things are mandatory, so I don't have to worry everyone time I'm eating at a restaurant, paying bills or going just anywhere.

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​Australia’s renewable investment hits 13-year low

​Australia’s renewable investment hits 13-year low | OHS and Enviromental Science | Scoop.it
Australians invested just $40 million in renewable energy in the first half of 2014, the lowest figure since the first half of 2001. The investment shift comes as the country prepares to vote on lifting the two-year fixed price on carbon emissions.
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Since the coalition took government, climate change and clean energy seems to be getting neglected. This is quite alarming for me, as we seem to be taking a step back from all  the good Australia was trying to achieve. 13 years was a long time ago, and the world has made such strides since then.

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People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity - Telegraph

People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity - Telegraph | OHS and Enviromental Science | Scoop.it
People who say they are concerned about climate change use more electricity than those who say the issue is 'too far away to worry about', government-commissioned study finds
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A eye-opening insight to the hypocrisy of people. I think this  definitely applies to Australians, as we are the one of the highest emitters of carbon dioxide in the world. I don't know what the statistics about Australia are, but I'm sure the majority of us is aware and concerned about climate change, but we do little to change our lives and habits to solve it. I know I'm a bad hypocrite for it. Perhaps, the carbon tax imposed on Australians was an effective way to reduce people's energy consumption, cause we would certainly be more aware of it if it was costing us more!

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China's disregard for the environment shows no sign of improving - Telegraph

China's disregard for the environment shows no sign of improving  - Telegraph | OHS and Enviromental Science | Scoop.it
The discharge of 20 tons of the carcinogenic metal cadmium into the Longjiang River in southern China's Guangxi Province is an environmental tragedy that has become depressingly familiar.
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It was interesting to read that the Chinese officials acknowledge the importance and need to conserve their environment, but still act in the interests of money. China's 1.351 billion population would be decimating the environment enough, but the blatant disregard of conservation laws will be enough to destroy the environment once and for all.

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Developing Injury Prevention Strategies for the Australian Defence Force

http://jmvh.org/article/developing-injury-prevention-strategies-for-the-australian-defence-force/AbstractCasualties caused by injuries have a major impact on the readiness of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Department of Defence has developed a system for reporting occupationally related illnesses and injuries. Data from the DEFCARE database and a wide range of other data have been analysed to determine the leading causes of injury and illness as well as the associated costs.

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The readiness of the Australian Defense Force is severely impacted by injuries causing death. This guide talks about statistics of injuries suffered by military personnel, and states activities associated with the injuries. The guide even takes a look into the risk factors for injuries in training, and mentions the rehabilitation programs in place. It would be a great guide for a soldier looking to increase his education and awareness of common injuries, and to implement behaviors and procedures to avoid these. 

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Military Cleaning Requirements - Department of Agriculture

It is the visiting military's responsibility to ensure that all military equipment arrives in Australia free from biosecurity risk material.

Military personnel and their equipment pose a high biosecurity risk to Australia due to the environment in which they train and operate.

Some cleaning guides have been develop

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A very brief set of guidelines, relating to the cleaning requirements of military equipment and tools when travelling to or from overseas. Bio-security is taken very serious in Australia, the environment is quite fragile. The website gives links to a full manual for Australian forces and a link to another website of USA forces. The guidelines then go on to state four category's of equipment that must be cleaned: vehicles, parachutes, clothing, packs, webbing, boots, ancillary equipment and personal luggage, must all be dismantled and thoroughly inspected. 

This guidelines could be very helpful for solider personal travelling overseas, as Bio-security can't be messed around with, and it is vital every solider complies with the guidelines.

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Printing - Safety Issues

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My brother Nick, who is standing 4th to the front right, works nights printing the daily newspaper to Bundaberg. Nick is a reel hand/fly hand/publisher, and he handles much of the manual labor work, and basic machine operating. Printing machinery can be very hazardous, with a young bloke being pulled into the press by his hair in Victoria, not so long ago. This was an unusual case, as safety procedures are taught, such as not standing close to the machinery. Short haircuts are obviously encouraged as well, otherwise, hairnets must be worn. Nick also works around printing chemicals such as ink. Even though Nick follows all precautions regarding the handling of dangerous chemicals, breathing the fumes everyday affects nicks breathing and sinus. 

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Military - Workplace Health & Safety

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Some workplaces cause  more injury and disease than other workplaces, the Military is a great example of that. My old friend Jarette Patrick knows this well, although he is hard to distinguish in the photo. The military, along with many Australian states has replaced the old occupational health and safety laws with work health and safety laws. They are not too different from the old laws, safety is still  the highest priority. Specific regulations or codes of practice are needed to control safety in military, the new regulations and codes better explain the duties of particular groups of people in controlling these risks. 

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Trolley Collection - Safety Issues

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This is Matt Martin. He owns trolley collection contracts with Cole's and Woolworth's in the town of Bundaberg. Trolley collection is a simple task, but it has a range of risks. By the picture, you can see that Matt is wearing a reflective vest, this is mandatory for all workers to increase visibility. Workers often have to push trolleys across and along roads, and car parks. That is a big safety risk if the driver is unaware or distracted. Notice the wide brim hat, also mandatory due to sun cancer risks. Matt also supplies free sunscreen to his workers. The rope is his hand is vital to safety as it is used to safely brake trolleys loads of five trolleys or more. People, especially small children, are prone to stepping in front of the workers, whom are unable to stop quickly without their rope. Trolley pushers a required to undergo safety inductions before they start the job, and are required to have induction cards on them at all times.

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Students Learn What it's Like to Work in Environmental Science

Students Learn What it's Like to Work in Environmental Science | OHS and Enviromental Science | Scoop.it
With plenty of park space to learn from, some Latino high school students recently spent a week on Staten Island, learning hands-on in the borough's parks about the environment.
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This sounds great! I can't wait until I'm able to do some more hands-on work. One of the participants comments appealed to me, as I wonder sometimes if this is really the field for me. Only time will tell I suppose, as its hard to say you don't like something if you have never tried it.

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5 Human Impacts on the Environment: Crash Course Ecology #10

Hank gives the run down on the top five ways humans are negatively impacting the environment and having detrimental effects on the valuable ecosystem service...
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A great short video from a favorite you tube star of mine! Hank explains Ecology quickly, smoothly and most importantly, interestingly. This video is very educational and accurate, and I recommend it to everyone interested in environmental science.

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Australia abandons disastrous green tax on emissions - Telegraph

Australia abandons disastrous green tax on emissions - Telegraph | OHS and Enviromental Science | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has finally won backing to end the tax on carbon emissions Down Under, signalling the pointlessness of such schemes
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I have mixed views regarding this article. The write seemed to have a bias in backing Tony Abbott's decision. I don't know too much about politics, the carbon tax did seem to lose the general public's favor, and the points discussed in the article about the economical downfall's of the carbon tax were good. However, I believe the author fails to take into account the severe economical effects of climate change, and our reputation as one the highest users of fossils fuels and emitters of carbon per capita. On a general note, I've seen and heard of nothing but Tony Abbott shutting down or cutting down funding for climate change researchers. The Herald Sun states that before 2009, Mr Abbott regarded the science behind climate change as 'crap'. He has since stated otherwise since then, but its difficult to tell what a politician really thinks. I just hope that the leader of our country will put all self interest aside and use evidence based framework and critical thinking to do the right thing.

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Wind turbine fires 'ten times more common than thought', experts warn - Telegraph

Wind turbine fires 'ten times more common than thought', experts warn - Telegraph | OHS and Enviromental Science | Scoop.it
Study backed by Imperial College finds wind turbines prone to "catastrophic" fires but the true scale of the problem is unknown
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I was so disappointed when I read this. For most of my life, I was under the impression that these wind turbines were well thought out and productive, but it seems that they are not that great. It should come as no surprise why the industry doesn't keep track of the fires, wind energy is hard enough to get people on board with the huge cost and noise, without the added bonus of turbine fires. The fact the one turbine has been able to fall onto a nearby road is a huge safety hazard that should be addressed immediately, not to mention the forest fires these things could create. Perhaps all wind turbines should be under review.

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50+ Beautiful Images of Australia

50+ Beautiful Images of Australia | OHS and Enviromental Science | Scoop.it
From the outback to the Sydney Opera House, explore Australia with this week's Around the World in a Lightbox. Here are a few of our favorite images from the land down under.
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These are some spectacular photos of Australia's landscape. As I'm studying environmental science, it is sad to think that unless we start doing something now, these beautiful places may be gone one day. I think photos such as these are really motivating to protect the country that we know and love.

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