Health and Safety at Rhodes University
Safety Health and Environmental Office
Rhodes University has a Health and Safety Policy that demonstrates its commitment to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and secure, in line with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (1993) (download the SA Dept of Labour document). Note that Rhodes University has adopted a model and strategy whereby the senior management is individually, collectively and ultimately responsible for identifying risks and being accountable for managing the risks - including health and safety - within their operational areas.
Staff and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with health and safety concerns on campus - most of which is common knowledge and common sense.
Visit the links
HnS Reps: info on the role of Health and Safety Representatives at RU.
Committees: info on Health & Safety Committee functions and meetings.
Checklists: for health & safety inspections.
Training: health and safety courses at RU.
Resources: links providing guidance on workplace health and safety.
First Aid: info about first aid at RU.
Fire: info on fire safety.
Emergencies: what to do in an emergency.
Incidents: how to deal with health and safety incidents and accidents at RU.
SHECASA: info on the Safety Health and Environment Campus Association of South Africa.
Contact the SHE Officer on (+27) 046 603 7205 or safety(at)ru.ac.za
- SA Labour Guide:
Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
Enterprise Risk Management at Rhodes University aims to assist, advise and help management and all staff to be informed and to implement good Risk Management practice. It is informed by a vision of providing assurance to all stakeholders that all aspects of risk - strategic, operational and process (financial and non-financial) - at Rhodes University are managed in a substantive, controlled and methodical manner. More info: Enterprise Risk Management
Rhodes University is committed to playing a leading role in the Eastern Cape and South Africa with respect to environmental concerns, in order to promote practices that support a safe, healthy and sustainable environment. More info: Environment
Guidance on who to contact for maintenance/repairs at Rhodes University: Services
The Campus Protection Unit (CPU) - located in Rhodes Avenue, 046 603 8146/7 or cpu(at)ru.ac.za - is responsible for providing on-campus security services, including the security Blue Route, giving talks on Fire safety and guidance on personal Safety and Security.
Rhodes University aims to provide an environment that supports staff Wellness and quality of work life. This includes a staff HIV/AIDS Peer Support Programme that addresses related concerns in the workplace. More info: Human Resources Division Health and Wellness and Health Centre Services.
Questions/Suggestions? Contact safety(at)ru.ac.za