Making new friends is very easy when sharing ideas with like minded people, who understand your point of view. U3ANoosa has around 600 members with a wide variety of interests and skills they share in a diverse array of classes, that all offer knowledge and lots of fun.
The many skills of our U3A community are better shared when members give thought to becoming a tutor.
Tutors develop their own idea and programme for delivering the relative topic. No one expects you to be an expert teacher, and you can carry out the class in your own way, at your own pace. Many find taking a class to be a rewarding and empowering experience. Support is available from the President and Committee there is access to resources such as computers, internet, photocopying etc.
THE ONLY PEOPLE ABLE TO AUTHORISE THE STORAGE OF GOODS AND OTHER OBJECTS ABOVE HEAD HEIGHT ARE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND AUTHORITY MUST BE GIVEN IN WRITING FOR OVEREHEAD STORAGE TO TAKE PLACE.
Workplace Health and Safety does not prevent things from being done even if there is an element of risk, provided that everything is done to contain and control any risks involved and keep them to the absolute minimum. A simple test is: would a reasonable person think that the task to be undertaken is now as safe as could reasonably be expected after all accident reduction methods have been included.
Below are the guidelines for overhead storage.
Maximum height for storage is three metres above the floor and only accessible with the use of library steps.
In this building the local maximum weight for lifting items above head height is ten kilos (10 kilos and only then, when library steps are used and the person on the steps has someone standing by to assist on the floor.
The use of any other ladders or steps is forbidden unless the person concerned has had training and has a current certificate (this does not include library steps) the library steps are the only warranted safe ladder to use.
If your not sure how to use them, do not use them until you have been shown
There should always be two people present when library steps are being used, before anything is stored above head height. Check that the item is securely wrapped and will not break apart when lifted.
Make sure you bend your knees before trying to lift the item, hold the item close to your body.
Make sure you can move with ease to the library steps and your route is clear of obstructions and tripping hazards.
Try to lift the item with caution.
If you cannot lift with ease, push the item away from you so it does not hurt you when it falls.
Once you are confident that you and the load are secure climb the steps with care (making sure someone else is present).
At no point should the item be above your head it should be held in both arms below the head and face.
If the item cannot be stored without lifting it above your face/head do not proceed.
If you feel the item is to heavy do not proceed.