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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.
o matter where you’re going this Easter, it’s
important to make sure you, your vehicle, trailer,
caravan and/or boat are in top condition. Before
going on a long trip, it is advisable to book your
vehicle in for a thorough safety check by a reputable
mechanic. You should also run through the following
checklists before you go.
Are you ready for the Easter bunny?
➤ Lights (headlights, brake lights
and indicators) are in working
➤ Wipers, washers and horn oper-
➤ Brake and clutch fluid levels and
battery water level.
➤ The cooling system and hoses.
➤ The oil levels (and check for
➤ Tyres (including the spare) are
inflated to the pressure specified
for your vehicle.
➤ Tread on your tyres is not worn
down to the tread indicator.
IT IS important to remember
that tyres can deteriorate just
as much when a vehicle stands
for long periods, as when it is
being used. As tyres age, the sur-
face rubber can deteriorate, this
means that an old tyre such as
your spare, has a greater chance
Make sure you are well rest-
ed for the day of travel. Driver
fatigue is a factor in one of five
During peak holiday periods
it’s important to be patient, as
there is likely to be extra traffic
on the road.
Give yourself extra time to get
to your destination – it’s better
to arrive safely and late, than not
at all. Don’t be tempted to speed
to catch up on any lost time. It’s
simply not worth the risk.
The Easter Holidays are meant
to be fun. But it’s no fun if you’re
involved in a crash along the way.
It may seem obvious, but a small
amount of planning and prepara-
tion before you set off gives you a
better chance of a safe holiday.
If towing, ensure:
➤ The vehicle is suited to the type
and size of trailer, boat or cara-
➤ Loads are evenly distributed and
➤ Fittings, couplings and safety
chains are correctly fastened.
➤ Your vehicle, trailer and caravan
are roadworthy and registered.
➤ Your number plate and registra-
tion stickers are not obscured.
➤ You are carrying only one trailer
or caravan at a time.
➤ You don't overload.
By AB Robert Graham
THE graph below depicts the total
number of OHS Incident Reports
(OHSIRs) over the past 12 months.
OHSIRs are important as they high-
light emerging incident trends allowing
decision makers to prioritise resources.
By keeping an eye on these statistics,
we are also provided with an indication
of the health of our reporting culture.
Proactive and near miss OHSIRs
(those where a hazard is identified but
no-one is hurt), make up roughly 65
per cent of the total number of OHSIRs
Navy is averaging 100 OHSIRs a
month and this is not a bad thing. It
shows Navy safety culture is improving
as we take a more proactive approach
by conducting rounds, spotting hazards
and reporting those near misses that
could have so easily had a different
The OHSIR system will continue to
work as long as we are open and hon-
est with our reporting. Although some
may see OHSIRs as a form of embar-
rassment, members are encouraged to
put aside their fears and embrace the
reporting culture. Your mistake can
help others learn and save lives.
Keep reporting near misses
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reactive pro active near miss
Fire and smoke alarms are
all around our workplaces
and they are looked after
vigilantly. They are also located
in your home, but the only person
who looks after them is you – when
was the last time you decided to
check your smoke alarm? More to
the point, when should you do it?
Each smoke alarm in the home
should be tested monthly to ensure
that the battery and alarm sounder
are functional. Check the manufac-
turer’s instructions to find out how.
In most cases, there will be a push
to test button located on the alarm.
EVERY 6 MONTHS
It is a good idea to give your
smoke alarm a brief once over with
a vacuum. This will help remove
any foreign particles that will hinder
the smoke alarm’s performance.
EVERY 12 MONTHS
It is recommended that smoke
alarms with a changeable battery
are replaced annually. If you have
a mains-powered alarm, check the
manufacturer’s instructions as some
may have batteries that don’t need
replacing over the life of the alarm.
EVERY 10 YEARS
Every 10 years you should
replace old smoke alarms. They
don’t last forever and their sensi-
tivity reduces over time. The pre-
ferred method of disposal for smoke
alarms is to throw them out with
To assist in identifying the age of
smoke alarms, the AS3786 standard
requires a serial number or batch
number. This is usually done as a
batch number, i .e . 2406 may mean
that the product was manufactured
in the 24th week of 2006.
Some manufacturers place the
date of manufacture on the smoke
alarm and some now place the expi-
ry date on the alarm. The batch num-
bers or dates are usually on the base
of the smoke alarm near the battery
Remember, when a house fire
occurs, only working alarms can
provide you with the critical early
warning needed to save lives.
March 4, 2010
Tips to remember...
put on your seat belt and make
sure all passengers do the
same. Seat belts improve your
chances of surviving a serious
crash by up to 50 per cent.
➤ The faster you drive the longer
it takes to stop. You also run the
risk of receiving a fine, which
could put a serious dent in your
➤ Make sure you take regular
breaks on long trips. If you’re
feeling tired, stop and take a
break. Ideally you should be
having a 15 minute rest every
two hours. It also helps to share
the driving when possible.
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