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and their Employers.
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to know about employing a Reservist.
This card has been designed to help
you understand your rights and
obligations as a Defence Reservist.
It gives you tips about the protection
that is available to you, as well as how
you should discuss Reserve service
issues with your civilian employer.
You can pick up a card at your local
Reserve Regional Pool. Alternatively,
call one of our Defence Reserves
Support specialists and they will
send you one.
Australia's Reserve Forces
for your boss. It contains everything they
RESERVISTS - Know your rights and obligations
November 12, 2009
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EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TELEPHONE: 1800 558 555 (confidentiality assured). Seaworthy is produced by the Directorate of Navy Safety Systems in the interests of promoting
safety in the Navy. The contents do not necessarily reflect Service policy and, unless stated otherwise, should not be construed as orders, instructions or directives -- KEEP NAVY SAFE.
JOINT Health Command (JHC) has
begun health screening for personnel
who are concerned that they could have
been at risk of occupational inhalation
or ingestion of cadmium while working
on Collins submarines.
Cadmium health screening will be
offered in accordance with JHC Health
Bulletin 12/2009 to all Navy personnel
who have served in Collins submarines,
and all APS personnel who have under-
taken cadmium work aboard Collins sub-
Members who wish to undergo cad-
mium screening should first download
a copy of Health Bulletin 12/2009 from
(under 'defence health bulletins -- page
1').Alternatively, ADF health facili-
ties are requested to make copies of the
health bulletin available to members who
cannot download it themselves.
A completed copy of the request form
(Annex A of the health bulletin) should
be taken in person to an ADF health
facility. ADF health staff will take a cad-
mium screening specimen (urine), which
will be forwarded to a civilian laboratory
Health staff have also been request-
ed to provide a copy of a cadmium
fact sheet from the Defence Centre for
Occupational Health (available at Annex
B to the health bulletin, and also at http://
The test results will be returned to the
health facility from which the specimen
was sent. It is expected they will take
about four weeks after the specimen has
been sent off. Any positive test results
will require further medical review.
While the cadmium screening pro-
gram is presently focused on submarin-
ers, it is accepted that other personnel
may also have concerns.
Any decision to extend the program
will be informed by the results of this
initial screening program, and advice will
be provided as necessary in due course.
The Navy POC is DNOEH on (02) 6266 3096
UNDERSTANDING the ocean is
very important -- the more you
know about how waves, wind and
tides affect conditions in the water,
the better you're able to keep your-
self safe, or even rescue others.
Remember F-L-A-G-S and stay
safe this summer:
Find the flags and swim between
them -- the safest place to swim at
Look at the safety signs -- they help
you identify potential dangers and
daily conditions at the beach.
Ask a surf lifesaver for some good
advice -- surf conditions can change
Get a friend to swim with you --
children should always be super-
vised by an adult no matter what
Stick your hand up to signal for
Stay calm, float with a current
or rip -- don't try and swim against
it. It's extremely important that you
conserve your energy. If you are a
confident swimmer, swim parallel to
the shore until you reach the break-
ing wave zone, then try and swim
back to shore.
Never swim at unpatrolled
Never ever swim at night.
Never swim under the influence
Screening to check
Holiday time -- going to the beach?
Never run and dive into unknown
Never swim directly after a meal.
Rips are the cause of most res-
cues performed each season. Rips
can be dangerous as they can carry
a swimmer into deep water within
seconds. A rip can be identified by a
number of characteristics:
a strong current of murky brown
water caused by sand stirred up
off the bottom;
a smoother surface with much
smaller waves, alongside white
water (broken waves);
waves breaking further out to sea
on both sides of the rip;
debris floating out to sea; and
a rippled look, when the water
around is generally calm.
Before entering the surf, always
make note of a landmark such as
a building or headland to use as a
guide for maintaining a fixed posi-
tion. Also check the depth of any
gutter and the height of any sand-
bank before diving under waves --
this will help prevent spinal injury.
When going out through the surf,
negotiate the shallows by a high
hurdle type of stride until the break-
ers reach your waist. Waves should
not be fought against and should
be negotiated by diving underneath.
Stick to your predetermined path on
the swim out and check your posi-
tion.Remember that as harmless as it
may seem, you can severely injure
yourself while body surfing. Body
surfing is riding waves without any
equipment. You need skills, knowl-
edge and a lot of practice to safely
negotiate larger waves. Gradual
spilling waves are best for body
surfing, but if you happen to catch a
plunging or dumping wave you can
avoid injury by somersaulting out
before it breaks.
In a single season 12,232 res-
cues were performed by our vol-
unteer surf lifesavers and 2369 by
our paid lifeguards. 37,649 first aid
treatments were administrated on
our beaches while more than 58 lost
their lives around the coastline of
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