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May 27, 2010
06/10 ISSUE 65
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safety in the Navy. The contents do not necessarily reflect Ser vice policy and, unless stated
otherwise, should not be construed as orders, instructions or directives – KEEP NAVY SAFE .
MANY young members feel invin-
cible, but one careless choice can
have large ramifications on the rest
of their lives.
The dangers of travelling in the
tray of a moving utility are com-
mon knowledge. However, in the
past eight months, two separate inci-
dents have seriously injured RAN
Both members were travelling
u nrestrained in the tray of a ute.
Tragically, one member is now
severely handicapped. Such acts,
whether travelling restrained or
unrestrained, are also illegal.
Reckless behaviour is defined as
an activity that may increase the risk
of harm to you or someone else. A
great idea to get home quickly and
cheaply often results in a near miss
or injury. This is why looking out
for your mate is important. Because
of alcohol or other personal circum-
stances, they may not be thinking
straight. If you feel an activity may
put others at risk, do your best to
Yes, a ribbing from your mates
may follow, but it’s far better than
the alternative – living with the con-
Reckless behaviour only increas-
es the chances of something going
wrong. By not considering the pos-
sible consequences of their actions,
the lives of two members and their
families have severely changed.
Remember to look after yourself
and look out for your mates. This
way we can KEEP NAVY SAFE.
Beware the unsafe seat
NAVY’S ability to work
towards reducing the
impact of the work envi-
ronment on members’ health has
been enhanced by the establish-
ment of the Directorate of Navy
Occupational and Environmental
Working under the Director
General Navy Certification and
Safety, DNOEH’s mission is to
‘support the effective delivery of
Navy operational capability, by
the systematic provision of occu-
pational and environmental health
guidance and support that will
ensure the work-related health and
wellbeing of Navy personnel’ .
WHAT DOES DNOEH DO?
While some hazards may result
in acute injury, the insidious or
cumulative nature of many other
occupational and environmental
health hazards may result in dis-
ease long after an exposure event.
Because these medical condi-
tions are usually preventable,
DNOEH is focused on recognising,
assessing and monitoring work-
place hazards in order to prevent
exposure, and liaising with Joint
Health Command and the Defence
Centre for Occupational Health in
assessing the need for developing
workplace health surveillance pro-
grams if required.
DNOEH works alongside
NAVSAFE and FEOHSCO to
provide short-term advice and
long-term policy guidance on how
to prevent or reduce occupational
Recent issues addressed by
DNOEH include asbestos, beryl-
lium, cadmium, hazardous chemi-
cals, fuel vapours, paint, non-ionis-
ing radiation hazards, noise and
hearing protection, potable water
testing, hand-arm vibration, and
lost-time injury data and reporting.
For more info contact CMDR Neil
Westphalen on (02) 6266 3096 or
LEUT Amanda Worthington on (02)
Assess the risk,
enjoy the ride
EVER wonder where that dirt road
through the scrub leads to or what it
feels like to arc into a string of corners,
playing along with the rhythm of the
road like no ordinary set of wheels can?
You’ll find out what it’s like if you ride
People who decide to ride a motorcy-
cle select a unique and challenging form
of transportation. However, riding isn’t
for everyone and a motorcycle won’t
always be your best choice of transporta-
For many, motorcycling is more than
a means of transportation; it’s an enthu-
The attraction of motorcycling often
comes from the unique mental and
physical skills necessary to operate the
There are many varieties of motorcy-
cles and motorcyclists, but all motorcy-
clists have something in common: they
face an increased element of risk.
The first step in making a responsible
decision to ride a motorcycle is under-
standing the high level of risk that exists.
We can lower that risk through our
attitudes by developing sound mental
and physical strategies through training
and with the protective gear we wear.
We must also apply the basic princi-
ples of risk management. Even so, the
motorcyclist is physically vulnerable in
a mishap. You’re 20 times more likely to
be injured on a motorcycle than in a car.
It is also important to include the
price of safety gear in your budget if
you’re thinking about purchasing a bike
for the first time.
Don’t spend all of your money on the
helmet. Your protection budget should
also include boots, gloves, pants and a
jacket to help you keep on riding as safe-
ly and comfortable as possible. Dress for
the crash not the ride.
Modern motorcycles are very reliable.
Perhaps they’re too reliable.
In the days when a bike needed con-
stant maintenance and repair, it would
have been rare that a rider didn’t notice
that tyre pressures were low.
Today that can happen quite easily.
After all, you press the button and go and
think that’s all you need to know about
the bike – but it’s not. There are some
parts of a motorcycle that need to be
looked at fairly frequently.
➤ tyre pressures and tread
➤ fluid levels, engine, coolant and
➤ nut and bolt tightness
➤ lights and indicators
➤ brake pads
➤ chain and sprockets
If you ensure the bike is serviced
regularly and properly you can face the
road with a lot more confidence and ride
better. That’s obviously better than wob-
bling around on near-flat tyres or having
the gear lever fall off. Look after your
bike and it will look after you.
More and more men and women are
riding these days, from those just starting
out to those who are getting back into
riding after a long hiatus. There are kilo-
metres waiting to be discovered so enjoy
the journey – but don’t become one of
New team focussed on prevention
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