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Cold - OHS Reps

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Its a little bit chilly working at -3 degrees celcius, this site provides the minimum standards required to make it safe for the penguin loving damsel in distress. Provision of thermal clothing, access to warm beverages and a heated area outside of the enclosure are just a few of the requirements to keep our damsel safe. It also discusses the timing that should be adhered to when working in cold environments. at 0 degrees 30 mins out of every hour is to be taken outside of the cold environment, at -3 there is no set time. The recommendation is that workers in these temperatures are only exposed for the most minimum possible time. 

 

And this completes the rescue of Laurie aka damsel in distress

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Zoonoses-animal-diseases-transmissible-to-humans.pdf

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75% of human diseases are contracted from animals. This pdf from the NSW department of Industries, outlines the possibly illness that are known and can be contracted. It also outlines the precautions that should be taken when working with animals. Hand washing, PPE, sanitisation, frequent bathing and maintaining a good immune system by leading a healthy lifestyle outside of the workplace. 

 

By keeping my damsel well prepared in hygienic practices and ensure that she does not work within the habitat while immune compromised. we are even closer to rescuing her

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How to Survive in Cold Water

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Hypothermia means a person is cold, too cold to function, too cold to live. Hypothermia takes longer to set in than cold shock, and has many faces. As related in CONFESSIONS OF A WAVE WARRIOR, I once got hypothermia by swimming alone in cold water (56F) too long.

 

What can you do if you or someone else falls into cold water?

 

Here are tips on how to survive.

 

Extra resources:

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Bonus:

How to stop cramping:

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For my damsel a fall into the freezing water is one of the larger risks, as it can't be removed or fenced off the solution is to train and prepare staff on what to do incase of a cold water immersion. This article provides great resources in training staff on how to manage and escape from a cold water immersion. the other strategy to prevent this accident from occuring is to install a safety step/ladder for staff to exit the pool if fallen and also to ensure that staff only enter in pairs and a rescue pole is placed at easy access within the enclosure. 

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Slip resistant properties of footwear on ice. [Ergonomics. 2004] - PubMed - NCBI

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For my damsel working on icy surfaces is one of the greatest risks. The potential of slips and falls is very high, so what can we do to fix this?

 

The article posted is on the ergonomics of footwear she working on icy and slippery services. the results show that the materials used in a conventional non slip shoe are not definitive when working on ice however the design of the sole does alter the potential risk of slips or falls. 

 

Using a design that increases kinetic friction between the sole and ice will prevent slip on solid ice surfaces. 

 

Be Safe my fair damsel.

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animal_hazards.pdf

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the Victorian department of education created this document ford students going on work experience, however its a great summary of the potential risks and measures that can be taken to prevent them from becoming actual hazards and work place injuries. Even though my damsel is a trained professional, having a document like this posted in the workplace could prevent her from being hurt as its a constant reminder of what not to do and how to prevent the hazards from becoming injuries.

 

one step closer to rescuing her from the job at hand

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Happy Feet or Cold Feet??

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This is Laurie.... my damsel in distress for Quest 3 

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Michael Slicker's curator insight, April 13, 2014 12:11 AM

The Sea World Education Team have are the coolest guys around....pun intended!

 

This is Laurie one of sea worlds educational officers doing a chat on the king and gentoo penguins. 

 

At the very moment this photo was taken here is a list of hazards that she is currently exposed to:

 

- freezing temperatures ( can vary to a few degrees above and below zero)

- nesting penguins ( they say never work with animals or children.... try working with animals about to have children)

- Ice, faeces and pebbles underfoot - slip trip and fall hazards.

- she is less than a meter away from 3m deep freezing water that can be difficult to get out of, due to the ice and crazy penguins running around. 

- the staff working within the enclosures also have to be mindful of infections and bacteria that can be passed between them and the birds, if the precautions are not taken it can be detrimental to them and the birds.