RU Health and Safety Policy

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Policy Statement

Rhodes University is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all staff, students, mandataries (agents, contractors or subcontractors) and visitors in its working environment. All members of the University community are required to regard safe work practices and prevention of accidents and occupational illness as a collective and individual responsibility. Managers and Heads of Departments have a duty to provide and maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risk to health.  

Policy Principles

Rhodes University strives to carry out the following, as far as is reasonably practicable:

  1. HEALTHY AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT: Provide and maintain an environment that is safe and without risk to the health and safety of members of the University community.

  2. FACILITIES AND RESOURCES: Provide facilities and adequate resources to support the University’s efforts to comply with the OHS Act and related regulations.

  3. RISK MANAGEMENT: Carry out risk management activities to ensure that risks relating to working procedures and practices, and conditions in the work environment, are identified and adequately controlled.

  4. SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Develop safety protocols for maintaining systems in connection with the use, handling, storage, transport and disposal of hazardous articles and substances.

  5. SAFE WORKING PROCEDURES: Ensure that all members of the University community are provided with safe working procedures and adhere to appropriate health and safety standards.

  6. HEALTH AND SAFETY PROMOTION: Encourage all University staff to serve as appropriate role models for students and promote health and safety standards in teaching, learning, research and technical support.

  7. MONITOR AND REVIEW: Monitor the effectiveness of the University’s health and safety provisions in consultation with University management and designated Health and Safety Representatives, to ensure continued improvement in terms of eliminating work-related injury and illness.

  8. LEGAL COMPLIANCE: Ensure that this Health and Safety Policy is kept current in terms of any changes in legislation.

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Last Modified: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:54:12 SAST