In anticipation of Safe Work Week (20 to 24 October) we’re highlighting the recent improvements to emergency preparedness in MUSE.
Student Connect Centre Manager Clare Flynn has turned the MUSE Building (C7A) into a shining beacon of emergency preparedness. Now she’s encouraging us all to look at how we can improve safety in our areas too.
“When the Student Connect and Life Cycle teams moved from Building C8A to C7A late last year we realised there was limited capacity to manage an emergency in the building,” she said. “With around 1,500 staff and students in the building at any one time, and limited emergency preparedness, staff were understandably concerned about their role in an emergency situation.”
Together with the Health and Safety Unit, an Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) was established for the building, including six building wardens, 11 area wardens and three first-aiders.
“Almost all staff in the Student Connect and Life Cycle teams have completed the ECO training and can now assist in the event of an emergency,” said Clare. “I’m very proud. Without their efforts the plan would never have been a success.”
“The proactive management of and drive to ensure a safe workplace is clearly evident within the Student Connect and Life Cycle teams,” said Emergency Planning Coordinator, Rick Minter. “They are setting a great example on campus. What was once an underperforming building in emergency preparedness has become one of our most prepared buildings on campus.”
Safe Work Week (20 to 24 October)
In conjunction with Safe Work Australia Month, the Health and Safety Unit is hosting a Safe Work Week on campus to encourage improved staff health and safety practices.
Register now to hear guest speaker Paul Cutrone, a leading lawyer in the area of work health and safety, present on understanding the legal risks and opportunities under work health and safety laws.
When: Thursday 23 October
Time: 11am to 12pm
Where: Building E7B, Level 3, Theatre 5
Staff can also participate in online seminars, view videos and panel discussions throughout Safe Work Australia Month.
If you have an event or activity idea for the upcoming week, share your idea at email@example.com.