Polar Psychology and the implications for Antarctic Health and Safety
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Antarctica is an unpredictable and extreme environment which has a substantial number of casualties from past ill-fated events. What Antarctica New Zealand has employed is a Health and Safety Policy with the purpose to protect all those under it from harm. Recent change in legislation has transformed the health and safety space in New Zealand from a more reactive approach to one more proactive in function with incentive for top down management. On top of this is the integration of the effects of behaviour in dealing with hazards. In polar psychology there are a number of impacts from residing is such an extreme environment which can be utilised in the implementation of health and safety. This leads to the conclusion that one of the most effective tools in achieving the goals under ones health and safety policy is selection of people who have the right mindset. This mindset of dealing with environmental stressors can result in a team that is fit to tackle challenges that occur in the challenging environment that is Antarctica.