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Are you a current serving ADF member about to
separate from the military? Are you concerned
about how this change will affect you and your
family? Would you like to learn how to manage this
change in your life? If you answered 'yes' then the
Stepping Out Program is for you!
The Stepping Out Program is a free program for Defence
personnel and their partners who are in the process of
separating, or have recently separated, from the military.
The two-day Stepping Out Program gives you skills and
strategies to help you prepare for the social and emotional
changes that come with leaving Defence -- for you and your
family. Take the time to prepare and plan for the future, learn
stress management skills and become aware of local support
outside of the military.
The Stepping Out Program is a chance to meet others in the
same situation and to gain insight into their expe ences
In small groups, with an experienced facilitator who
understands the challenges facing transitioning military
personnel, you can prepare and plan for your next step into
The Stepping Out Program is provided by VVCS -- Veterans
and Veterans Counselling Service and is available across
Australia. The Defence Directorate of Transition Support
Services has endorsed the program and will give you time
out from work to attend. The program has been highly
regarded by participants, in particular, one participant
commended the program with the following:
"Every discharging ADF person should do this course".
Register now, call VVCS on 1800 011 046.
Leaving Defence and making the lifestyle change
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VVCS STEPPING OUT PROGRAM 2011
April 14, 2011
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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.
AGROWING number of injuries
caused by incorrect knife handling
and dangerous cutting techniques
have been reported.
Although the injuries have usually been
superficial and treated with basic first aid,
a number of injuries have required stitches,
while the more serious have needed surgery.
Here are some tips on correct knife han-
dling, storage and cutting.
Use the right knife
Don't use snap-off blade (retractable) knives
for food preparation in the galley.
Don't use kitchen knives for cutting ropes,
Concentrate on the task at hand.
If you are getting distracted, stop using the
Look around you
Ensure all work areas are well lit.
Remove unnecessary workplace hazards.
The work area should be dry and clean.
Cutting boards and mats should be used
Never use knives in close proximity to elec-
trical cords and cables.
Cutting should be done at a height that is
Keep floors clean and free of obstacles to
avoid slips, trips and falls.
Use for its purpose
Don't use knives as screwdrivers, bottle
openers, can openers or for levering.
Conversely, don't use screwdrivers, bottle
openers and the like for a knife's job.
Handle with care
Cut away from the body under all circum-
Blunt knives require greater pressure, lead-
ing to an increased risk of injury.
Don't support the object being cut on any
part of your body.
Retract and lock the blade on retractable
knives during transit or when not in use.
Look after it
Ensure the blade is sharp, clean and has not
thinned, resulting in weakness.
Dispose of blunt sections on retractable
knives, ensuring a sharp cutting edge.
Retract the blade on retractable knives and
apply blade lock where possible when stor-
Place fixed blade knives back in approved
scabbard, pouch, knife block or housing.
Don't risk cutting corners
MODERN sailors carry with them an often aston-
ishing range of portable electrical and electronic
While portable appliances can make time at sea
more comfortable, there are a number of responsibili-
ties of which personnel need to be aware.
The installation, maintenance and repair of private
electrical equipment are the responsibilities of the
Personnel should be aware of the dangers of using
faulty equipment and know that equipment with dam-
aged power cords must not be used.
Personnel are encouraged to regularly check for
damage to flexible cords to ensure that:
the inner cores of the flexible supply cord are not
the external sheath is not cut, abraded, twisted or
damaged to such an extent that the insulation of the
inner core is visible;
unprotected conductors or the use of insulation tape
are not evident; and
plugs and sockets are not damaged.
On HMA Ships, all personnel should have their
private electrical equipment inspected when joining
This inspection is to be carried out by suitably
qualified and authorised personnel from the engineer-
During the inspection, personnel must be advised
of the consequences of operating equipment on a 115
or 240 V 60 Hertz power supply (issues such as oper-
ating speeds, correct sockets, etc).
Private electrical equipment used within ships
need be inspected once only.
At shore establishments, all private electrical
equipment also requires formal inspection, and must
be conducted by suitably qualified personnel as part
of the post-in routine.
Private electrical gear --
it's your responsibility
NOW, THAT'S A
are urged to heed
some safety tips to
avoid knife injuries.
Photo: LSIS Paul Berry
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