Hands-only CPR

05 January 2012

The British Heart Foundation say that if an adult has suddenly collapsed, is not breathing normally and is unresponsive, they are in cardiac arrest. There is no time to lose. Even if you are untrained your actions can help.

Walk the World Weekly Updates (1-5)

19 January 2012

Walk the World Weekly Updates (1-5)

Camping and Carbon Monoxide

8 August 2012

Going Camping or having a BBQ this summer?

In the last year in UK campsites, seven people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning and 17 have been injured by bringing BBQ's inside tents and enclosed spaces. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous substance which is created when fossil fuels such as gas and solid fuels like charcoal and wood fail to combust fully due to a lack of oxygen. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but it can kill quickly with no warning.

Keep yourself safe by following the top tips from the  Gas Safe webpage

  • Never take a smoldering or lit BBQ into a tent, caravan or cabin. Even if you have finished cooking your BBQ should remain outside as it will still give off fumes for some hours after use
  • Never use a BBQ inside to keep you warm
  • Never leave a lit BBQ unattended or while sleeping
  • Place your cooking area well away from your tent. Always ensure there is an adequate supply of fresh air in the area where the BBQ is being used
  • Only use your BBQ in accordance with the operating instructions
  • Remember the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

If you’re using a gas BBQ or gas camping equipment follow these extra tips to help you stay safe:

  • Check that the appliance is in good order, undamaged and that hoses are properly attached and undamaged. If in doubt get the hoses replaced or don’t use it
  • Make sure the gas taps are turned off before changing the gas cylinder and do it in the open air
  • Don’t over-tighten joints
  • When you have finished cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before you turn off the BBQ controls – this means any gas in the pipeline will be used up
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions about how to check for gas escapes from hoses or pipework, e.g. brushing leak detection solution around all joints and looking for bubbles
  • Never take a gas stove, light or heater into a tent, caravan or cabin.

Cooking Safely Outdoors

17 August 2012

It’s the summer and we may get some sunny days soon, so people will be eating picnics and having BBQs.

The number of people suffering from food poisoning doubles over the summer.

Don’t forget basic food hygiene so that you don’t suffer from food poisoning.

Cross contamination is a big problem between raw and cooked food on a BBQ

  • Always wash your hands after touching raw meat.
  • Use separate utensils (plates, tongs, containers) for cooked and raw meat.
  • Never put cooked food on a plate or surface that has had raw meat on it.
  • Keep raw meat in a sealed container away from foods that are ready to eat, such as salads and buns. 
  • Don’t put raw meat next to cooked or partly cooked meat on the barbecue.
  • Don’t put sauce or marinade on cooked food if it has already been used with raw meat.

You may be serving other food with your BBQ so make sure you keep these foods cool so that bacteria cannot multiply.

  • salads
  • dips
  • milk, cream, yoghurt
  • desserts and cream cakes
  • sandwiches 
  • ham and other cooked meats
  • cooked rice, including rice salads

A lot more detail can be found on the NHS pages about BBQ food Safety.

Sustainability Exchange

1 October 2012

The HEI 'Sustainability Exchange' has been launched. It is a place for colleagues in different institutions and organisations to interact and share their sustainability experiences via active community forums, a news feed, an events diary, best practice guides, tool kits, reports, research, webinars and videos. Free to register.

How far are You going in 2012-13?

7 October 2012

Students, how far are you going in 2012-2013?  

Over the Academic Year you will be moving between lectures and travelling round the campus and town. You may also be taking part in some sporting activities such as cycling and swimming.

Ever wondered how far you have gone?  Now you can log all your Steps, Swims and Cycling on one website and see how far you travel in one year.

You'll be able to follow your journey around the coastline of Wales, England and Scotland and compare how far you have gone with your friends.

Using a pedometer app or pedometer, track your steps around campus and beyond.

Set yourself a challenge of swimming to Scotlandin the University Pool.

Cycle the coast path on a road or static bike.  Count all your miles from a spin class.

Just log in to the Walk the World website using your normal AU login and password and start recording your journey!

If you have any problems please email hew@aber.ac.uk