A review of the Health and Safety data from British Antarctica Survey (BAS) and Antarctica NZ (ANZ). The development of the Quick Stretching Guide (QSG) as a injury prevention strategy
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
In the Antarctic environment Health and Safety is of critical importance. Antarctica, being the coldest place on Earth with human occupation, physiologically challenges the human body. Injuries do occur due to the hostile cold environment. Injury prevention through stretching regimes is a Health and Safety strategy, which the author would like to see adopted as a injury prevention and mitigation strategy. Therefore the main outcome of this Project has been the development of the Health and Safety, Quick Stretching Guide (QSG). This project investigated the Health and Safety data from Antarctica NZ (ANZ) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and deduced, generalized and concluded that “strains and sprains” are the major musculoskeletal injury. The trend from the data demonstrated that “strains and sprains” were the dominant injury. This has resulted in the professional development of the QSG= Quick Stretching Guide. The project also answers the three overarching questions of comparisons between BAS and ANZ and their Health and Safety. The questions being how are Health and Safety and Risk managed by two different National Antarctic Programs (BAS and ANZ). The different strategies that exist to minimize incidence of Health and Safety occurrences. Finally how the incidence reporting is being recorded. The conclusions inferred from the data can be seen in the results section. In summary Health and Safety are managed reasonably similarly by BAS and ANZ. Similar strategies and reporting is being recorded.