About RU Safety Health and Environment
Occupational Health and Safety Act (view online)
Requires the employer to "provide for the health and safety of persons at work and for the health and safety of persons in connection with the use of plant and machinery; the protection of persons other than persons at work against hazards to health and safety arising out of or in connection with the activities of persons at work; to establish an advisory council for occupational health and safety; and to provide for matters connected therewith"
OHS Act doc (downloadable MS Word doc)
Responsibilities of Management
An organisation’s health and safety programme can only achieve high standards with the active involvement of senior management.
RU has adopted a model and strategy whereby Senior Management is individually, collectively, and ultimately responsible for identifying risks and being accountable for managing the risks within their areas of responsibility - including safety, health and environmental.
Rhodes University has demonstrated its committment to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all staff, students, mandataries and visitors. View the RU Health and Safety Policy and also the RU Smoking Policy .
Members of senior management are appointed by the Vice-Chancellor (as per OHS Act section 16) and are responsible for overseeing their areas of responsibility/accountability, and signing health and safety appointment forms. View the list of RU 16 2 Appointees
Managers and HODs are responsible for ensuring that day-to-day health and safety management practices are implemented (as per OHS Action section 8). Find out more: Management
Responsibilities of the SHE Officer
Responsibilities of Staff and Students
All staff and students should familiarise themselves with health and safety on campus, and follow all health and safety rules and procedures.
Popular Health and Safety Links
Health and Safety FILE (every department/section at RU should have one!): Download documents to assist in setting up and keeping health and safety records on file - including safety Appointment Forms, checklists, first aid and fire safety info.
Health & Safety TRAINING: RU in-house short courses are arranged for RU staff ONLY. Members of the public please contact NOSA, Affsaff, Intra-Safe, Safetech, SA Labour Guide, etc, or UCT and CPUT , for an accredited short course in safety.
All RU Safety, Health and Environment Links
- About Safety Health and Environment
- Health and Safety File
- Appointment (Designation) Forms
- Lab Safety
- Major Events
- Meeting dates
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Risk Assessment
- Safety Signage
- Travel and Field Trip safety
- Videos DVDs
- WHO does repairs/maintenance
- HnS Reps
- First Aid
Go to the Rhodes University Safety front page. Questions/Suggestions? Contact safety(at)ru.ac.za
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Last Modified :Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:04:52 SAST