Health and Safety at the Faculty of Health Sciences

Our vision is to achieve Zero Harm, a healthy and productive workforce & student life through the effective management of occupational health risks in all our managed campuses. 

Zero Harm: It’s an idea that’s at the foundation of our approach to occupational health and safety. We believe that none of our people should be injured or contract any form of illness while at work, studying or visiting.

We believe our people are our key asset and we do not accept that it is necessary for people to be made ill or injured whilst working for us, studying or visiting the Faculty of Health Sciences. All employees and students should be able to return home fit and well at the end of each day and/or academic period.

Doing everything to keep you safe

Every workplace will always carry some kind of risk, but we’re working towards a future where that never means serious illness, injury or loss of life. We know what the biggest risks are and we’re putting improved rules and standards in place to ensure effective management and control.

Our faculty will strive to increase and improve reporting of and learning from high potential incidents (HPIs) as a preventative tool to improve health and safety performance. 

Building Healthy Lives

We need our students and employees to be healthy, happy, engaged and fulfilled during their period of study, work and in life. It makes us safer, more productive and a stronger force for good in the environment where we operate.

We tackle the threats to health and wellbeing wherever we find them, with separate programmes for checking the health of our people, for creating a healthier working environment and for encouraging healthy lifestyles.

Ensuring Proper Controls at our Biosafety Facilities

  • All Biosafety Laboratory users are mandated to use proper facilities for different Biosafety levels.
  • only persons who have received adequate training for working under those laboratory conditions will be authorised to enter these areas.

Accident and Illness Reporting

Report all occupational injuries or illnesses (including exposures to hazardous materials and work-related repetitive stress injuries) within 24 hours of the occurrence. 

Health and Safety representatives are responsible for ensuring that all occupational injuries and illnesses are reported, and corrective actions are documented. 

Occupational health nurses and Occupational Health and Safety Manager review all accident and illness reports and corrective actions and conduct further investigation and follow-up as necessary. All accidents and incident reports are then reviewed at the Health and Safety Committee meetings.

What is Expected of Staff and Students During Emergencies?

  1. Follow evacuation procedures and proceed to emergency assembly points as soon as possible. Request emergency assistance if needed. Assist persons who are injured, have disabilities, or who have other special needs.
  2. Follow the instructions of evacuation marshals and any others who have designated authority and responsibilities during an emergency.
  3. Follow procedures to assist co-workers and students with protection and personal safety; provide, or obtain, emergency assistance as needed.