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April 28, 2011
SHORTS and shirts are being
replaced by long pants and
jackets. It is a sure sign that
winter is on the way and,
of course, with the new season will
come the dreaded common cold
Influenza is a viral infection
which starts in the upper respiratory
tract involving the nose, mouth and
During influenza outbreaks,
as many as one in five people may
become infected. This can increase to
half the population during pandemics.
Flu symptoms include a fever,
sore throat, dry cough, muscle aches
and pains, tiredness and weakness,
and difficulty breathing.
The flu is best treated by resting
in bed until the fever subsides, using
paracetamol for pain control and
drinking plenty of fluids.
Antibiotics are not helpful in
treating illnesses caused by viruses
and should only be prescribed if com-
The flu can result in a number of
serious complications including bac-
terial infections of the sinuses, the
ears, the throat and the chest.
Personnel who work in close
proximity to each other, such as
members of the military and APS
employees, are urged to get vacci-
Annual vaccinations are required
due to the ever evolving strains and
This year’s flu vaccine includes
protection against the H1N1 influ-
enza (better known as swine flu).
The vaccine is not recommend-
ed for some people, including those
with allergies to eggs or who have
had anaphylaxes following a previous
dose of influenza vaccine or any vac-
Vaccination for Defence members
is free and can be organised through
local Defence health centres.
Joint Health Command has deter-
mined that the flu vaccine is a man-
datory requirement for personnel
deploying on ADF operations.
APS employees are eligible
for free vaccinations in 2011, with
more information available on the
Directorate of Civilian Human
The common cold
Colds or upper respiratory tract
infections are the most common
cause of illness in children and adults.
Most colds are caused by a virus.
It is normal for children to have six to
eight colds per year, while adults can
expect up to four.
Cold symptoms include a runny
nose, sneezing, watery eyes and
Colds are best treated with par-
acetamol if fever is present, warm
drinks and lozenges to ease a sore
throat, nasal drops or spray to ease a
blocked nose, plenty of rest and by
drinking plenty of fluids.
TAKE CARE: Follow some practical steps, such as maintaining good posture and lifting with your legs, when
handling heavy objects to prevent injury.
Work shouldn’t be back-breaking
“JUST put your back into it”.
This is one of the most danger-
ous and outdated statements in the
In a recent report on injuries
within Defence, 13 per cent of
work-related OHS incidents during
2009/10 were attributed to manual
The report went on to confirm
there were a significant number of
lost working days within Defence
due to manual task injuries.
What is a manual task?
A manual task is one requir-
ing the person to use force to lift,
lower, push, pull, carry, move, hold
or restrain any person, animal or
A manual task may be hazard-
ous if it involves: repetitive or sus-
tained force; high or sudden force;
repetitive movement; sustained and/
or awkward posture; and exposure
Repetitive movement injuries
usually affect the muscles, tendons
and other soft tissues.
Repetitive work involves manual
activities that require many similar
movements to be repeated every 30
seconds or less. Typical examples
may include packing, wrapping and
Repetitive manual work may
also occur where there are frequent
lifting movements. Examples of
these can include unloading pallets
or line handling.
To manage the risk arising from
manual tasks you need to identify
and assess each task, then put into
place solutions to ensure the task is
safe and efficient.
Weight is only one factor in
determining the risk of manual task
Changes to work-place design
and the task itself are the most
There are practical steps that
can help prevent manual task inju-
➤ Plan and assess the object or
➤ Avoid unnecessary bending,
twisting or reaching.
➤ Secure a grip of the object or
➤ Maintain good posture, keep the
object close to the body, back
straight, chin tucked in, lifting
with the legs.
➤ Use assistance, such as mechani-
cal aids and team lifting, to move
heavy or awkward loads.
➤ When moving or lifting heavy
objects with sharp edges, gloves
should be worn, because many
accidents occur due to unpro-
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