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The Safety Policy & Procedures set out in this document comprise a statement of the University's commitment to safety, an indication of what is expected of all persons within the University to achieve a safe workplace. Ensuring that safety matters are acknowledged by the Safetry Division is an overriding concern. The responsibilities of all persons, as well as their safety within the University depends on their taking positive steps to ensure their own safety, and that of others, and in the observance by them of the procedures which are set out in the Safety Policy & Procedures. The Safety at Work covers all places of work, and places a duty on all employers to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the safety and welfare of their employees. Moreover, a similar duty on employers to care for the safety of peoples who are not their employees but who may be on an employer’s premises. Such people may include contractor’s employees, visitors and other members of the general public. It is necessary that everyone is acquainted with all the safety procedures which apply to their place of work, Students, prior to and during their course of instruction, require to be informed of the potential hazards to their safety at their place of instruction, and of the appropriate safeguards which have been established to deal with these hazards

MISSION

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Our commitment to safety is based on our vision to create a working environment that places the highest value on the welfare of the individual, to instill a sense of ownership and to embrace excellence in safety aspects of performance

Goals

The Safety Division has the aim of ensuring the safety and welfare of staff and students within the University and of those who are involved with the University by invitation. Safety Manager recognises and accepts his responsibility as an employer for providing a safe workplace and working environment for all staff, students and others within the University.

Objectives

Safety Division will take all reasonable steps within its powers to fulfil this responsibility, paying particular attention to the provision and/or maintenance of: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

safe plant, equipment and systems of work safe arrangements for the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to enable all employees to avoid hazards and contribute positively to their own safety at work a safe place of education or work, and safe access and egress to and from it a healthy working environment adequate welfare facilities compliance with the requirements of all relevant Acts, Regulations and Codes of Practice

Implementation

The success of the Safety Policy & Procedures depends upon the active participation and interest of everyone on University premises. An interest in personal safety and the safety of colleagues will go a long way to ensuring a safe place of work, remembering that accidents produce a variety of injuries, some of which may be permanent, and that most accidents are avoidable. Heads of School/Service are responsible for ensuring safe conditions of education or work in their area. Safety Division will provide, or arrange for the provision of, competent technical advice on safety matters where this is necessary to assist Heads of School/Service. Safety Manager will co-operate fully in the appointment of safety representatives from amongst its employees and will provide them, where necessary, with sufficient facilities and training to carry out this task. Safety Division will also co-operate in the establishment of appropriate safety committees. 1)

2) 3) 4) a. b. c. d.

A Health & Safety Policy & Procedures is unlikely to be successful unless it actively involves staff themselves. Safety Division reminds all employees of their own duties under current safety legislation to take care of their own safety and that of others and to co-operate with the staff relevant to Safety Division to enable it to carry out its responsibilities successfully. Safety Policy & Procedures has been formulated to give direction on safety requirements to be implemented throughout the University. It nominates Persons Responsible for matters relating to safety. Safety Division will review the Safety Policy & Procedures and its implementation on a regular and frequent basis to ensure that it is up-to-date and that its provisions are being complied with. Safety personnel will have the monitoring and implementation of safety matters in terms of the Safety Policy & Procedures, persons responsible shall : Be sufficient training to enable implementing the evacuation procedures. Establish appropriate procedures to be followed in the event of serious and imminent danger to persons at work in his/her area of responsibility Nominate a sufficient number of competent persons to implement those procedures insofar as they relate to the evacuation from premises of persons at work of responsibility ensure that none of his/her employees has access to any area occupied by him/her to which it is necessary to restrict access on grounds of safety unless the employee concerned has received adequate safety instruction.

5)

Procedures required

a.

A persons at work who are exposed to serious and imminent danger to be informed of the nature of the hazard and of the steps taken or to be taken to protect them there from

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b. c.

The person to stop work and immediately proceed to a safe place in the event of their being exposed to serious, imminent and unavoidable danger The persons concerned to be prevented from resuming work in any situation where there is still a serious and imminent danger

Responsibilities 1. Safety and Enforcement Staff A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. L. M. N. O.

Keep under review all matters involving the safety of faculty, staff, students and their visitors Oversee the implementation of the University’s Safety Policy & Procedures and associated documents, monitor their effectiveness. Give consideration to all aspects of occupational health within the University from a positive and preventative standpoint including the development, implementation and monitoring of relevant policies and procedures. consider any matter may have a significant implication for the safety or welfare of all employees and others associated with the University’s operation., and to take any action considered appropriate in the circumstances of the case; monitor accidents, dangerous occurrences and notifiable diseases and to report the outcome of investigation into such events summarising details of corrective measures implemented as a consequence; consider reports submitted by School/Service, or safety representatives, and take any action considered appropriate in the circumstances of the case; consider safety audit reports and, where appropriate, to report to the Safety Management for taking corrective action; consider reports and information submitted by inspectors appointed by an enforcing authority advise Schools/Services on drawing up, reviewing, implementing, and monitoring School/Service safety documentation and to approve the same; assist in the development of codes of practice, safety rules and safe systems of work; monitor the effectiveness of the safety content of employees’ training; monitor the adequacy of communications and publicity regarding safety in the workplace; provide a link with the appropriate inspectors of an enforcing authority; give consideration to environmental matters (such as waste disposal) where these have health and safety implications establish appropriate working groups to consider issues relate to hygiense and maintenance

2. Emergency Coordinators A.

Each Head of School/Service shall nominate a Safety coordinator .Safety coordinator shall normally be drawn from the School Executive or equivalent together with other appropriate staff with particular interests in, or responsibilities for, safety,

B.

School/Service safety coordinator will be required to review safety issues, they are responsible for drawing up, and reviewing any separate guidance in respect of Safety matters.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

inspect accommodation within its area of responsibility on a regular basis report to Safety Management any action taken or recommended ensureall regulations are being observed, Ensure all safety equipment is in good working order Ensure all emergency exits are effective and not blocked or partially-blocked Endeavour to make all members of the School/Service more safetyReceive complaints and misgivings with regard to safety matters Make general recommendations to improve safety and to put in place procedures for monitoring existing safety procedures. 9. Establish procedures for ensuring the safety of disabled members of staff and students within the School/Service and to make all staff and students aware of the need to ensure that disabled colleagues are safe 10. Ensure the maintenance of a suitably supplied first aid box for use within the School/Service. 11. Ensure that there are adequate numbers of qualified and certificated first aid personnel within the School/Service. 12. Ensure safe storage and use of equipment, furnishings, consumables and other material, including stationery, files and papers so that not causing a safety hazard within the School/Service.

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13. draw up and maintain regulations with regard to safe working procedures ( measures for dealing with disabled people, security, maintenance and other staff (including cleaners ) 14. Ensure that students of the School/Service are aware of these regulations.

Persons Responsible. 1. Safety and Enforcement Director. The Director of Safety and Enforcement responsible to Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Office, he has overall responsibility for safety matters within the University. He has delegated the day-to-day responsibility for the safety issues to the Safety Manager. The Director of Safety in ensuring the effectiveness of the delegated safety responsibilities will hold these delegated officers to account through: A.

Carry out delegated occupational, safety responsibilities for central management within the University and monitor and report to Vice Chancellor for Public Affair’s office on the implementation of this policy within the University.

B.

Requesting annual and ad-hoc reports,

C.

Rising concerns relating to health and safety at executive meetings,

D.

Requesting other information necessary to ensure that all due diligence has been exercised by executive managers with delegated responsibilities

E.

Promote the use of Safety Management Guidelines', and delegate specific responsibilities to Director of Operation.

F.

Ensure currency of Policy and plans, and ensure compliance with all safety and other relevant legislation.

2. Safety and Enforcement Manager The Safety Manager responsible to safety and Enforcement Director, he has responsibility for maintaining health and safety provision within the University, under delegation from the Safety and Enforcemrnt Director. He also holds responsibility as the person responsible for areas within the University not specifically within the responsibility of the Persons Responsible, he should A.

Ensure Deans, Directors Managers and supervisors have been made responsible and accountable for their area of responsibility and that they have the necessary resources for identification, assessment and control of hazards,

B.

Participate in policy development and establish procedures and goals for the safety within their own area of responsibility,

C.

Ensure adequate budgetary provision to meet the safety needs,

D.

Ensure a program of staff training in the safety appropriate to their area of responsibility particularly for key personnel,

E.

Provide leadership in occupational safety, and encourage staff to become safety conscious,

F.

Be prepared to devote time to safety matters,

G.

Ensure that the reporting mechanisms for

H.

Further develop the administrative framework of the safety and welfare system,

I.

Maintain and further develop the network of safety and welfare service within their area of responsibility,

J.

Ensure a safety communications network, and ensure that appropriate consultation takes place,

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Ensure a rehabilitation program for staff who have suffered injury,

L.

Meet all legal requirements with regard safety.

M.

Promote the use of Safety Management Guidelines' within area of responsibility,

N.

Encourage the systematic use of performance indicators to measure safety performance, to then effect incremental continual improvements in performance,

O.

Ensure that staff attend occupational safety awareness workshops,

P.

Review provision of first aid services available in area of responsibility and where appropriate provide for training of staff,

Q.

Review evacuation procedures in area of responsibility and where necessary ensure effective changes occur and that staff and students practice at least one (1) evacuation drill per semester.

R.

Ensure appropriate workplace inspections, reports and action plans are undertaken,

S.

Review and on a yearly basis, develop safety goals and objectives for each area of responsibility,

T.

Monitor the safety performance of area of responsibility by seeking reports from those with delegated responsibilities.

U.

Meet the requirement of all objectives, policies and programs as reported.

V.

attending the University’s School/Service working groups and meetings as required

W. develop plans for improved health and safety services,

3. Safety and Enforcement Officer

1. 2.

A.

The University Safety officer is responsible to Safety Manager for ensuring that University practices conform to the requirements of all relevant legislation and providing specialist advice to ensure that a safe and healthy working environment is provided for all users of the University.

B.

The Safety officer will assume the responsibility for carrying out both responsibilities and duties of the fire safety and bio safety officers.

C.

Specific responsibilities of the University Safety officer include:

promoting a safety culture throughout the University which ensures the implementation of the University’s safety policies acting as an advisor to the University on matters of safety, and formulating such proposals, codes of practice, policies and procedures as required for compliance with current and new legislation

3.

Giving advice on all building works or changes to existing premises on safety and fire-related issues, carrying out safety audits of buildings, Schools and Services and providing an annual report of these to Safety Manager.

4.

organising internal/external staff training courses for selected members of staff and, where appropriate, conducting internal training

5.

investigating accidents/dangerous occurrences and recommending measures to be adopted in the light of such incidents

6.

maintaining adequate first-aid provision in the University, including ensuring that there are sufficient staff trained in the delivery of first aid

7.

monitoring the effectiveness of emergency procedures for the evacuation of premises in emergencies and ensuring that the University meets its requirements in relation to fire safety legislation

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liaising with all relevant parties on health and safety issues relating to internal staff and external bodies

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developing, maintaining and monitoring safety performance indicators

10. ensure ongoing viability to the University community, of Occupational Health and Safety coordinators, and expert coordinators, such as the Radiation Safety, Bio safety 11. review appropriate safety policies, guidelines, procedures and manuals, 12. assist the University to meet legislative compliance by providing timely advice and through the development of policies, guidelines and procedures, 13. monitor the developed and implemented safety policies, guidelines, procedures and manuals in the academic and support divisions of the University, 14. monitor staff awareness of safety policies and programs within the University, and perform other duties as required by the Safety Manager, Regulations or other legislation.

4. Heads of School/Service While all members of staff have responsibilities for their safety and the safety of others, Safety office requires each Head of School/Service (referred to as the Person Responsible) to take responsibility for safety in his/her area of the University and, in the case of Schools, on location outside the University during fieldwork. This responsibility includes all staff, students and other persons having access to the University and being within the area of responsibility. The Person Responsible may delegate operational safety functions to competent members of senior staff at his or her discretion after consultation with the University Safety Manager. Such delegated duties must be specified in writing and/or in job descriptions, and must be clearly recorded and the delegation intimated to the Safety and Enforcement Manager a.

The arrangements for the safety of employees and others using accommodation, such as laboratories, offices, teaching rooms, staff rooms, study rooms and storage facilities associated with a particular School/Service shall be the responsibility of the Head of that School/Service. Likewise the safe condition of corridors, passageways and all means of access and egress within such accommodation shall be the responsibility of that Person.

b.

All core computing laboratories will be the responsibility of Information Technology Services, but specialist computing laboratories will remain the responsibility of the School in which they are located, unless a written agreement as to the responsibility of Information Technology Services has been entered into. A list of laboratories and the Person(s) Responsible will be completed, updated on a regular basis, and agreed by the University Safety Manager .This list will be maintained by the University Safety Manager .All specialised accommodation (such as laboratories) shall remain the responsibility of the relevant Head of School/Service.

c.

The Safety and Enforcement Manager will be the Person Responsible for all areas within the University estate not otherwise specifically allocated or attributed to a Head of School/Service.

d.

The Person(s) Responsible shall take whatever measures are reasonably practicable to discharge his/her responsibilities in the context of the Safety Policy & Procedures, and shall report any safety hazard or incident of which he/she becomes aware and which they judge to be outside their own area of responsibility to the person he/she considers to be responsible, or to the Safety Manager as appropriate. A record must be kept of such reports by the Person(s) Responsible.

e.

Any shared accommodation or areas occupied or controlled by one or more School/Service, shall be the responsibility of the Head of School/ Service deemed by the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration & Director of Operations.

GENERAL SAFETY RULES

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All students, management, staff and faculty are required to abide by these rules, which are to be enforced by all supervisory and management personnel. 1)

Each employee of the University and each student working in the University have a responsibility to care for his own safety and for the safety of others. All persons working in the University should direct their minds and activities to improve the safety posture and environment of the community.

2)

All those having a supervisory role in the University are expected to identify and report the hazards in their area of control, and propose solution within their area of expertise.

3)

Specialized safety persons should carry out risk assessments and propose adequate solutions to remove identified hazards.

4)

Specialized persons should take the appropriate control measures to reduce the level of risk associated with the identified and potential hazards.

5)

All personnel who may be affected by such hazards must be made aware of the risk assessment and the control measures introduced to reduce the risk in that particular area.

6)

Visitors working in a Department do so with the permission of the Head of the Department or an authorized Deputy, and are required to follow Departmental safety procedures. A visitor is any person who is not a member of staff or a student of that Department.

7)

All injuries and hazardous conditions must be reported to a Supervisor immediately.

8)

Student, staff and faculty must follow the safety rules defined in each department at all times, and also implement the procedures to minimize Safety Hazards

9)

Approval of an authorized Supervisor is required before any staff and/or faculty member can make any changes in established Safety Rules and Procedures.

10) Direction and monitoring from a Supervisor is required before any staff or faculty member proceeds with any hazardous job or the operation of any machine about which he is not familiar or unsure of its hazards. 11) All faculty, staff and students are required to know the following: a.

The evacuation plan and the emergency procedures to be followed in the event of fire, or any other emergency that will put personnel at risk. Each building will have an evacuation plan tailored to the personnel in the facility and the types of hazards associated with the activities in the facility.

b.

All the escape routes that are posted near the area where they are working. The escape route floor plans will be clearly posted in very building.

c.

The location and operation of fire extinguishers and alarms, and how to operate them. Instructions and training on the use of this equipment is mandatory,

d.

Each building should have a fire extinguisher(s) appropriate for their activities,

e.

The fire extinguishers should checked regularly by the qualified personnel.

f.

Elevators (lifts) must not be used in the event of a fire. Any person trapped in an elevator should call the Security Department and OPD Emergency immediately by dialling

x2222

and x2100 12) Personal Protection Equipment, such as goggles, earmuffs, and respirators must be worn when required. 13) All workers should familiarize themselves with the location of the first- aid kit and its use.

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14) Use, store, and/or transport flammable and toxic substances, and compressed gases only according with the procedures posted for these acuities. 15) Obey the non-smoking policy of the university. 16) In the event of an injury call the security at x2222 ,or call ambulance directly by dialling x2699 or mobile 050-635765

GENERAL SAFETY HAZARDS Faculty, staff and students must consider the following general safety hazards in their offices and houses: 1)

Emergency lights should be functioning and illuminated all the time.

2)

Fire doors and the emergency exits should be kept unobstructed.

3)

Fire extinguishers and fire alarm console should be checked regularly. The areas in front of these items must be kept clear at all times.

4)

Electrical outlets and the extension cords should not be overloaded. The damaged electrical cords, broken switches, loose connections, or bare wires should be reported immediately to the supervisor. If it is necessary to run a cable or electrical cord across the floor, a cable cover must be used to protect the wiring and prevent tripping.

5)

Cord-connected electrical appliances should have a 3-wire conductor with ground or be approved.

6)

All electrical devices must be inspected and tested periodically according to the risk category and must be protectively enclosed as far as it is practical.

7)

Personal appliances such as kettles, heaters, and battery chargers and others should not be allowed into the faculty and staff offices at the University. If necessary, a designated and safe room must be assigned to store and use heaters or kettles.

8)

The equipments and tools must be visually inspected before plug it in. If cables or plugs were found either damaged or incorrectly fitted, the equipment must rejected and taking it out of service. Defective or inappropriate tools and equipments should not be used.

9)

The top drawers of filing cabinets should not be overloaded to avoid the possible tipping of the cabinet when the drawers are opened. It is advisable to keep file and desk drawers closed when not in use to help prevent tripping accidents.

10) Safety step stools or ladders must be used for climbing. Stand on swivel chairs or use them as step stools should be avoided. 11) Loose clothing, long sleeves, ties, or inappropriate gloves should not to be worn when supervising workers or students in a laboratory or on machinery

University Health & Safety Arrangements A/ Control of Contractors A.

Heads of School/Service are responsible to ensure their members of staff contact & Campus Services when any work is to be carried out which will have an impact upon the fabric of any of the University properties.

B.

Any potential contractor that may be used to carry out work within the University must first complete the appropriate health and safety questionnaire, and be approved by the Safety Manager

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before being added to the approved contractor list. As part of this assessment the contractor will be asked to provide appropriate information on: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

A copy of their health and safety policy Persons responsible for health and safety within the organisation Health and safety performance Pertinent method statements and risk assessments Training Insurance

C.

Before any contractor begins work they must sign-in with AUS Security. Any permit that may be required can only be issued by the University. Examples of work requiring a permit-to-work include:

1. 2. 3. 4.

Hot work Confined spaces Electricity Work at height

D.

The contractor will be notified of any significant hazards and risks ongoing within the area they are to carry out work.

E.

Periodic monitoring of the work in progress must be carried out to ensure no unsafe practices are being done. If this is discovered work must be stopped immediately and a report sent to the Safety Manager Work must not be allowed to continue until the work area is deemed safe. Facilities and Operation Departments will ensure that all documents are retained for record purposes.

F. G.

The Safety officers and Manager will make random inspection tours of ongoing contractor works. Any unsafe acts witnessed by the Safety Manager will result in the job being suspended and a report will be submitted to the Safety and Enforcement Director.

Note: Facilities and Operation Departments must approve, control and manage all work involving the building fabric and services of the University

Duties and Responsibilities 1

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Facilities and Operation Departments

Facilities and Operation Departments are responsible for repairing any damage that has made it dangerous. They will also ensure that only licensed and approved contractors are used. Facilities and Operation Departments Will ensure that any work within the University property is checked against the Register to establish the potential for exposure.

Heads of School/Service

Heads of Schools/Services must ensure that Facilities and Operation Departments are notified in the event of any property-related work being arranged and carried out within any University property.

Staff and Students

The student or member of staff, they should contact Facilities and Operations Departments for repairing damge, and they can also contact the Safety Manager.

B / Electricity 1

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The Electricity at Work is all electrical equipment used at work where the equipment may give rise to the hazard of electric shock, burn, fire or explosion. The distribution of electricity within the University, up to and including the outlet sockets, is the responsibility of Sharjah Electricity & Operation Department in Inversity Campus. Unauthorised personnel must not interfere in any way with the circuits for which Sharjah Electricity & Operation Department is responsible. Responsibility for computer sockets lies with Information Technology Services, and appropriate trained personnel from Information Technology may carry out as his/her normal duties the installation or removal of computer facilities, subject to consultation with the Maintenance Unit Supervisor as necessary. The Person Responsible in each School/Service must ensure that the Electricity at Work relate to matters which are within the control of the School/Service.

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In each School/Service the Person Responsible must, in consultation with the Maintenance Unit Supervisor if necessary, draw up and implement appropriate systems in accordance with University practice with regard to electricity. These systems must include: a.

b. c. d.

The regular testing and maintenance of all items of electrical equipment by a competent person. The frequency at which testing and maintenance should be carried out is a matter for the Person Responsible, who can draw on experience of the School/Service in this regard; however, once the frequency of testing has been decided upon, the timescale must be recorded in the system The keeping of records of testing and maintenance throughout the life of each item of electrical equipment The reporting of electrical hazards to the Maintenance Unit Supervisor, or the University Secretary & Director of Operations as appropriate, in those cases beyond the area of responsibility of, or considered appropriate by, the Person Responsible Withdrawing from use any equipment which has a potentially hazardous fault

C / Fire Safety 1. a) b) c)

a) b)

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Persons responsible are required to safeguard the safety of employees in case of fire by:

taking suitable measures for fire fighting in the workplace, these being adapted to the nature of the activities carried on there and the size of the workplace concerned and taking into account that persons other than employees may be present nominate employees to implement those measures and ensure that the number of such employees, their training and the equipment available to them are adequate, taking into account the size of, and the specific hazards involved in, the workplace concerned arrange through the Fire Safety Officer and/or the university Safety Manager, any necessary contacts with AUS Security (X2222) OPD Emergency (X2100) ,.and then Civil Defence (997) from a phone with an outside line if needed. 2.

The Safety office readily acknowledges that the potential of fire and its effects represents a major safety hazard within the University. The main objective of safety regulations is to minimise this hazard and ensure that, in the event of fire, damage to property and facilities may be greatly reduced but, more importantly, that the safety of persons within or about the affected premises is not compromised. To achieve this aim the following factors must be given due attention by all persons to whom they are relevant.

3.

Good housekeeping is essential to minimising the risk of fire and the speed at which it will spread. Heads of School/Service are required to ensure that:

those parts of the premises for which they are responsible in terms of safety are maintained in a condition which is tidy and free from any clutter which would constitute a fire risk the layout of furniture, equipment and materials within rooms is such that it is unlikely to promote the development of fire or impede the movement of persons evacuating the premises in the event of fire Smoking is prohibited within University buildings with the exception of specifically-designated areas in University residences and in specifically-designated areas outside University buildings. All corridors and passageways providing a means of escape in case of fire, or forming part of an escape route, must be kept free from obstruction. Any facility or fixture provided to protect the integrity of the escape route shall be suitably maintained and not subjected to interference. Whilst persons are within a building, fire exit doors shall not be so locked or fastened that they cannot be easily and immediately opened by any person who may require using them in an emergency. Heating appliances must not be covered and a free circulation of air should be maintained around them. Any appliance which radiates heat should be set well away from combustible materials, furniture or wall fittings and must be switched off and unplugged whenever the room is likely to be empty, and especially at the end of the working day. Flammable liquids must only be kept in containers and storage areas specially designed for their storage.

I. Provision of Fire Safety Equipment. In order to safeguard the safety of employees and others in the case of fire, the Safety office ensures that:

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a) b)

all premises shall, to the extent that it is appropriate, be equipped with suitable fire fighting equipment and with fire detectors and alarms any non-automatic fire fighting equipment so provided shall be easily accessible, simple to use and indicated by signs

Any equipment or devices provided in accordance with the above shall be subject to a suitable system of maintenance and shall be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

II. Procedure in Case of Fire In the event of a fire, the following procedure should be followed: a. b. c. d. e. f. g.

Activate the Fire Alarm Ring X2222 and X2100 notify the University security and OPD Emergency of the fire and the location and/or ring 997 from a phone with an outside line.(Security officer on duty will be on direct contact with OPD technicians through X2100) Suitably trained personnel may try to deal with the fire only if safe to do so Close all doors near the site of the fire Evacuate the building, and report to the appropriate assembly point Report any missing persons to the Person Responsible Please note that lifts must not be used during an evacuation

D / Evacuation Procedures When the alarm sounds, all persons in the University must evacuate the buildings by the nearest available exit and report to the assembly points. Members of staff and students must familiarise themselves with their particular assembly points. Staffs are responsible for ensuring the safe evacuation of visitors and other nonmembers of staff.

1. Assembly Points: Location

Assembly Point

Main Building

The park next to the main gate (East)

Library

The park next to the main gate (East)

Schools

The park next to the main gate (East)

Health Centre

The park next to the main gate (East)

Male Dorms

Space next to University Gate (Air port Gate)

Female Dorms

Space next to Women Welcome Centre

Staff housing to east

Cars parking and the space next to Sport Complex

Staff housing to west

Cars parking and the space next to women dorms

Fire coordinators should ensure, as safe as is practical, that the area in which they are working has been

evacuated and that there is a continuous movement of persons along and down the exit routes from the buildings to the assembly points. All persons shall in the event of an emergency evacuate the buildings in a quick but orderly manner by the nearest unaffected escape route.They should observe any instructions given by Persons Responsible or other authorised University officers. Students must co-operate in the evacuation of the buildings and follow instructions given by members of staff in relation to their direction of travel or progress during the evacuation of the University and arrival at specified assembly points.

2. Evacuation of Disabled Persons Disabled persons may require assistance during emergency evacuation. Arrangements have been made to assist those who are blind/partially-sighted, have a mobility disability or are deaf/hard-of-hearing. Heads of School/Service must ensure where practicable that they are aware of disabled staff and students in the area(s) for which they are responsible. They should also ensure that staff is aware of the appropriate

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actions and assistance necessary during evacuation procedures. Personnel Services or the Adviser for Students with Disabilities should be informed where necessary. Disabled persons who require assistance during emergencies and evacuations should inform the Person Responsible for the area(s) in which they work so that advice can be sought and action taken.

E / First Aid 1 2

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University procedures for first aid are given in full below and include the procedure to be followed in obtaining medical help, during and after working hours. cater for the needs of persons in the University who may take ill or be injured, identified members of staff have been and will continue to be trained in first aid, in order to ensure so far as is practicable that there are adequate trained personnel available within each School/Service, within particularly certain areas (e.g. laboratories - Dorms) and with an appropriate geographical spread throughout the University. First aid services and equipment at School/Service level will be maintained and replenished by a person nominated by the School/Service, and subjected to routine inspection by safety Manager and Officers. Persons Responsible are responsible within their area(s) of responsibility for the maintenance of the first aid boxes and refill them with the medical supplies.

A. Procedure 1

If first aid treatment is required, use the nearest first aid equipment and personnel. If a person who has lost consciousness does not recover within one minute of losing consciousness, please call ambulance by dialling X2699 or mobile 050-6357651 If a person who has lost consciousness recovers within one minute of losing consciousness a judgement can be made by a trained first aid on the University’s list as to whether or not an ambulance should be called. If there are no first aid available or if there is uncertainty about the person’s condition and completeness of recovery, call ambulance by dialling X2699 or mobile 050-6357651 If hospital treatment is thought to be required:

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a) b) c)

Dial X2222 and request the security officer to call an ambulance, or call ambulance directly by dialling X2699 or mobile 050-6357651. Advise a member of security staff on duty of the University of the location and details of the incident, and of any equipment, such as stretchers which are required; if you are in need of assistance; and that an ambulance is on its way where hospital treatment is necessary but where an ambulance is not required, request a member of security staff on duty or the receptionist to arrange for a taxi to the hospital (to be charged to the University’s account).

B. In Case of Major Injury 1

If someone has suffered a major injury, make sure that the injured person suffers no further harm from the cause of the injury. Before you assist the person, check that the cause of his/her injury, for example electrical equipment, exposed blades or toxic materials, will not cause injury to yourself. Use the nearest first aid resources, either equipment or personnel. If hospital treatment is deemed necessary (as it normally will be in the case of a major injury), call ambulance by dialling X2699 or mobile 050-6357651. Advise a member of security staff on duty X2222 that an ambulance has been called, and give the location of the casualty. Request support via a member of Security staff on duty X2222 where a stretcher or wheelchair is necessary or you require assistance. Ensure that no-one gives the injured person food or drink as they may require anaesthetic and the consequences of having been given food or drink could be fatal.

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Report the injury to supervisor responsible as soon as possible.

F / Biological Hazards 1

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A bio-hazard exists where there is a danger of disease, injury or infection, The Safety Manager should designate a Biological Safety Officer to deal with issues relating to biological safety and biological hazards.

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All proposed work where bio-hazards may be encountered must be brought to the attention of the Biological Safety Officer before being undertaken. The Biological Safety Officer is responsible for advising on safe methods of working in all aspects of work involving bio-hazardous material. The standard symbol for bio-hazards must be placed on laboratory doors or at entrances to areas where biological hazards are present and indicate that access to such laboratories and areas is restricted to (a) persons who, as part of their normal duties, are required to enter and (b) persons authorised by a competent person to enter. Such laboratories or areas will be subject to periodic inspection. The handling of apparatus for maintaining, propagating and disposing of cultures of bio-hazardous organisms and the acquisition and use of such organisms is prohibited to all staff and students except those who are required to undertake work with bio-hazardous organisms as part of their normal duties. The general supervision of bio-hazardous work within a School will be carried out by an appropriate qualified person designated as Bio-hazards Supervisor by the Head of School. In the event of an incident involving abnormal exposure to a bio-hazard, including exposure of apparatus and accommodation, resulting from the maintenance, manipulation or disposal of biohazardous materials, the circumstances shall be reported to the School Bio-hazards Supervisor, the Person Responsible and the Biological Safety Officer without delay. The affected area shall be closed immediately to all except those carrying out emergency functions until an assessment has been undertaken of the situation. A decision to re-open the area will be taken by the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration & Director of Operations after consultation with the Biological Safety Officer. If an incident involving bio-hazardous substances is associated with physical injury or with inhalation of the material, the treatment of the injury or inhalation will take precedence over decontamination and the investigation of exposure to the bio-hazard. If it is necessary to convey an injured person who has been affected by a bio-hazard to another place for treatment of injuries, notification of the bio-hazard must be given to the receiving service. Written information regarding the nature of the bio-hazard must be given, and if possible a person conversant with bio-hazards should accompany the injured person to hospital.

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Duties and Responsibilities of the Biological Safety Officer I.

The duties and responsibilities of the Biological Safety Officer include: A. B. C. D. E. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

waste disposal the design of biological work areas the preparation of schemes of work and local rules the management of any dangerous bacteria, viruses or disease risks the acquisition of any required licences or authorisations

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keeping staff conscious of the problems of biological health and safety and their responsibilities for the health and safety of those who work or study under or with them undertaking or assisting with periodic inspections of University premises where a biological health and safety input is required auditing and monitoring School biological health and safety arrangements investigating, in conjunction with the University Safety Manager, any microbiological emergency or accident, ,instigating remedial action, compiling accident data and co-operating where necessary with the University’s insurers liaising with the various relevant inspectorates and co-ordinating their visits and inspections representing where required the interests of the University at meetings of bodies whose activities may influence health and safety at the University such other health and safety duties as may be assigned by the University from time to time

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providing access to professional advice on matters of biological health and safety following a programme of continuing professional development so that the standard of professional Expertise is maintained liaising with other safety co-ordinators and safety staff as appropriate and with the Safety Manager in respect of the implementation of the University Safety Policy & Procedures as they relate to biological health and safety co-operating with specialists inside and out with the University on biological health and safety matters advising where appropriate officers in charge of the design and construction of new buildings and the modification of existing buildings on matters affecting biological health and safety / Advising on

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

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2)

3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8)

9)

III.

A substance hazardous to health covers substances of any form (solid, liquid, gas, fume or vapour) and any type (including micro-organisms and allergens) used or generated out of or in connection with any work activity under the employer’s control (eg research, student studies, general laboratory work, cleaning maintenance etc.) that may present a hazard to health through being absorbed, injected, inhaled or ingested The University is required to ensure that, prior to work being undertaken involving substances hazardous to health, a suitable and sufficient assessment of the hazards involved and the measures taken to control them is carried out. Persons concerned should consult with the University Safety Manager prior to the commencement of such work. An assessment must be made of the health and safety risks created by working with hazardous substances. The Person Responsible must ensure that the exposure of persons to hazardous substances is prevented or, if this is not practicable, controlled. Reasonable steps must be taken to ensure that a control measure or other facility is properly used or applied, including the use of protective equipment. Exposure of a person to a hazardous substance must be monitored in accordance with a suitable procedure, and in consultation with the Hazardous Substances Advisor/University Safety Manager. Where it is appropriate for the protection of the health of employees who are, or are liable to be, exposed to a hazardous substance, the Person Responsible shall ensure that such employees are under suitable health surveillance. Health surveillance shall be treated as appropriate where the exposure of the employee to a substance hazardous to health is such that an identifiable disease or adverse health affect may be related to the exposure, and there is a likelihood that the disease or effect may occur under the particular conditions of the employee's work and there are valid techniques for detecting indications of the disease or the effect. Any person (including employees, students and visitors) likely to be exposed to hazardous substances must be provided with sufficient information, training and instruction about the substance and the hazards to allow adequate knowledge of the risks to health created and the precautions to be taken.

Safety in Corridors, Stairways, Teaching Rooms etc.

IV.

1.

All persons are responsible for safety in corridors, stairways, teaching rooms, laboratories and other parts of University buildings (including residences and cartilages of buildings) and in particular students must be made aware by their Schools that horseplay of any kind, including running, pushing or misuse of premises or facilities will not be tolerated and is forbidden.

2.

Crowding in any corridor or on stairways is unsafe. All persons must try to minimise at all times the necessity to crowd around entrances to teaching rooms, lecture theatres, laboratories or other rooms. Sitting in corridors or on stairs is forbidden.

Obstructions to safeguard the safety of employees and others in case of fire, routes to all exits and the exits themselves must be kept free and unobstructed.

V.

Food and Drink food and drink must not be consumed in or carried, unless in sealed containers, through any part of the buildings except in places reserved for the consumption of food and drink. Consumption of food and drink is in particular forbidden in laboratories and workshops. Alcohol drugs are forbidden, and neither staff nor students should while in the University be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or be unable to carry out their duties at work as a result of taking alcohol or drugs, this being in case of doubt or dispute a matter for a Person Responsible or the University Secretary & Director of Operations to determine.

G / Disposal of Waste 1)

The Person Responsible will ensure that the School/Service has in place arrangements which provide for the safe storage and disposal of hazardous waste in accordance with the statutory provisions; in particular, flammable solvents and oil waste must not be disposed of through any drain, but collected and stored in an approved manner for ultimate disposal by the local authority.

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2) 3) 4) 5)

The level of storage of such materials must be kept as low as is practicable prior to disposal, and materials must be disposed of as soon as practicable. Due regard must be given to the nature of the container in which the waste is being stored, bearing in mind the nature and properties of the waste. Containers of waste must be clearly labelled as to their contents and the nature of the associated hazard. Where respiratory protection and/or other safety equipment or procedures are necessary for the handling of such waste, these shall be implemented and referred to in the recorded School/Service procedures.

H / Removal of Waste and Rubbish 1

It is an offence to transport rubbish or waste in the course of any business unless the business is registered for the carriage of waste. Persons Responsible must ensure that the carrier used is a registered carrier approved by the University. The Person Responsible must request to make arrangements for disposal through the University’s current registered carrier. A written description of the waste must be provided by the Person Responsible for use by the registered carrier transporting the waste. Persons Responsible have a duty of care to prevent the escape of waste. Persons responsible must take all reasonable measures, in consultation with the University Safety Manager, to ensure that the requirements are complied with.

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I / Safety Monitoring The University Safety Manager will: 1) Be responsible for monitoring, both actively and reactively, the implementation of safety procedures throughout the University. 2) carry out regular inspections of all Schools (including Divisions and specialist centres) and Services within the University on a rolling cycle to ensure that the implementation of the University’s safety procedures are being carried out 3) ensure that each School/Service is meeting its commitment in terms of: a) b) c) d) 4) 5) 6) 7)

Risk assessment procedures The upkeep of records (including, in the case of Schools, Divisional and specialist centre resources) The adequacy of training The quality of management of health and safety

While he will report inadequacies to the University, he will also report on flagrant or persistent breaches to the Safety and Enforcement Director who will decide on the appropriate action, including disciplinary action, to be taken. The University Safety Manager will monitor the implementation of safety regulations considering inspection reports from the Safety officers. Safety Manager will recommend the most appropriate action to take in each case. The University Safety Manager will request each area of the University to provide to him copies of that area's policy with regard to safety management. An annual report from the University Safety Manager, which will make recommendations for ensuring quality in safety matters, will be submitted to University’s Administration.

J / Personal Protective Equipment 1. a) b) c) d) 2

Safety Division directs the University to

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Provide suitable personal protective equipments to control the risks from identified hazards Maintain any personal protective equipments in efficient working order and in good repair Provide appropriate storage for all personal protective equipments issued Provide information about personal protective equipments and training people how to use it The personal protective equipments PPE define

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“All equipment (including clothing affording protection against the weather), which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects him/her against one or more risks to his/her health and safety, and in addition designed to meet that objective”

b)

This includes helmets, facemasks, high visibility clothing, footwear, goggles, gloves and ear protectors

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The persons responsible will ensure that, where there is an identified need for people to use PPE, they will only use equipment suitable for the purpose. The persons responsible will ensure people keep their PPE in a satisfactory condition, and provide suitable and sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision in the use of it. The persons responsible will also ensure records are kept of the PPE that is issued. All persons issued with PPE must: Use any PPE given to them to control the risk Report any defects to or loss of their PPE Take reasonable care of their PPE Whenever a risk assessment identifies the need to use PPE, only suitable equipment must be used. Some points to take into consideration are: Will the PPE protect the person against the risk, e.g. when using a power drill, goggles designed to withstand impact are more appropriate than goggles designed to protect against chemical splashes How well does the PPE fit. The performance of respiratory protective equipment depends on a good contact between the wearer’s skin and the face seal of the mask. Fit testing must be undertaken for all filtered face pieces, half masks and full face masks Is it suitable to wear in the workplace? The PPE should not restrict essential visibility or communication If different PPE is required to control different hazards, e.g. goggles and ear defenders, they should be compatible with each other to ensure they fit correctly

Any PPE supplied by the University must conform to British and European standards and have a “CE” mark

The University is obliged to provide PPE free of charge to staff if required for work-related activities

The Persons responsible must have effective systems of maintaining PPE to ensure it continues to provide the protection for which it was designed. This will include cleaning, examination, replacement, repair or testing of equipment. Persons responsible shall ensure appropriate storage is provided to ensure that PPE is kept in an efficient and effective condition. When protecting people from risk to their health and safety, PPE must always be considered as a last resort. Engineering controls or process changes must always be considered first.

K/ Provision and Use of Work Equipment First/ Guarding of Machinery 1

All dangerous parts of machinery will be safeguarded by the provision of suitable fixed guards.

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Where it is necessary to remove a guard for the purposes of maintenance or instruction associated with the enclosed dangerous parts, a safety procedure must be established by the Person Responsible which will provide an adequate standard of safety for the persons carrying out the maintenance or instruction. A copy of this safety procedure must be lodged with the University Safety Manager.

Second/ Defective Machinery Machinery, equipment and energy sources which are defective and may affect health and safety arrangements must be disconnected and withdrawn from use, and be suitably labelled to that effect pending repair or replacement. A procedure shall be produced by the Person Responsible which shall include matters such as disconnection and locking of the main power supply to the machinery or equipment concerned. A copy of this procedure must be lodged with the University Safety Manager.

Third/ Testing and Inspection of Fixed and Mobile Equipment

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The Person Responsible will ensure that any fixed or mobile equipment subject to statutory or recommended fixed code of practice tests or regular inspections is so tested and inspected, and that records are maintained of such tests and inspections. No new equipment or machinery subject to statutory or recommended code of practice tests will be introduced into any area until appropriate tests or inspections have been carried out to the satisfaction of the Person Responsible. Any equipment or machinery acquired or installed (whether by purchase, lease, hire or otherwise) for use in the University must conform to the appropriate statutory regulations and codes of practice, and a certificate of conformity to such requirements must be obtained from the supplier.

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L / Risk Assessment and Control 1. Definition a)

Risk assessment may be described as a thorough examination of the workplace to identify those significant hazards which have the potential to cause harm and to evaluate the extent of the risks involved.

b)

Control measures are the preventative and protective measures which have been identified by the employer in consequence of the risk assessment as the measures the employer needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on him under relevant statutory provisions.

2. Purpose The purpose of risk assessment is to help the employer to determine what measures should be taken to comply with the employer’s duties under ‘relevant statutory provisions’ In essence, risk assessment guides the judgement of the employer as to the measures the employer ought to take to fulfil the relevant statutory obligations. The primary aim of risk assessment is to remove entirely identified hazards, or when this is not ‘reasonably practicable’, decide on a suitable method of risk control.

3. University Obligations 1. (a)

The University as an employer is required to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of: Any risks to the health and safety of its employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work; Any risks to the health and safety of persons not in its employment arising out of or in Connection with the conduct of the University’s undertaking.

(b) 2.

Safety Division recognises this statutory obligation, and has placed the responsibility on the Persons responsible in Schools/Services to ensure that suitable and sufficient risk assessments are Carried out as a routine measure and to such an extent that Safety office will not find itself in Contravention of its responsibilities. 3. Health and Safety Management at Work requires all employers with five or more employees to record the significant findings of the risk assessment, namely that: (a)

Every employer shall make and give effect to such arrangements as are appropriate, having Regard to the nature of his activities and the size of his undertaking, for effective planning, Organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventative and protective measures; and where the employer employs five or more employees he shall record the arrangements. 4.

Safety Division extends the responsibility of Persons Responsible to include in their general management duties the taking of necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the requirements laid down above.

4. University Practice a.

Records of risk assessments and subsequent health and safety arrangements will be carried out and completed by Persons Responsible and will be retained by, or made available to as required, the University Safety Manager as evidence that relevant requirements have been complied with.

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on requirements which may be highlighted as a result of risk assessments, and where specialised advice is needed he will also assist by direct intervention or by recommending specific information sources or agencies relevant to the particular enquiry. c. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Following a risk assessment and the implementation of health and safety arrangements, the University will be able to demonstrate that: A proper check of the premises and procedures has been made. All obvious significant hazards have been taken into account. All those who might be affected have been considered. Groups of workers who may be particularly at risk (e.g. young or inexperienced workers, lone Workers and disabled staff) have been identified. Control measures (including precautions) are reasonable and the remaining risk is considered to be low.

5. Risk Control Measures a)

All final decisions about risk control measures must take into account the relevant legal requirements which establish minimum levels of risk prevention or control.

b)

The requirement to carry out risk assessments in compliance with the Management of Safety and Enforcement at Work may correspond to a similar requirement in other existing regulations. Where duties overlap, compliance with the duty in the more specific regulation will normally be sufficient to comply with the requirement of the Management Regulations.

Note: in the event of serious and/or persistent breaches of safety procedures, Safety and Enforcement Director is entitled to issue a notice requiring work to be carried out or actions to Be taken to remedy the breach immediately or within a stated period and/or to close or secure a part of University premises to enable the breach (es) to be rectified.

M / Reporting and Investigating (Incidents/ Accidents) 1

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Any member of staff involved in an accident, incident or near-miss must report it to their line manager immediately. The line manager will complete the necessary documentation, available from the Safety Manager or School/Service office, and carry out the initial investigation into the incident. The University Safety Manager will be given a copy of the documentation as soon as is practical, and a decision will be made on the requirement of further investigations. When an accident results in death or major injury, or an incident is identified as a dangerous occurrence, as defined in the safety regulations, it must be reported to the Safety Manager immediately who will report it to the safety and Enforcement Director .Confirmation will be given to the VCFA within ten days Accidents which result in incapacity for normal work for over three days (i.e. “over three day accidents�) must be notified direct to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration by the Safety and Enforcement Director within ten days . Where a person submits a medical certificate from a doctor diagnosing that the person is suffering from a specified illness or disease associated with a particular work activity specified on the medical certificate, the Director of Safety is required, to notify the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. A list of specified diseases and associated work activities is contained in, should be available with the University Safety Manager. The Person Responsible shall provide facilities for the investigation of accidents and/or dangerous occurrences by the University Safety Officer and others with statutory powers for the investigation of such occurrences within the University or on external field study sites. Students are deemed to be members of the public and therefore fatal or major injuries or accidents, conditions and dangerous occurrences involving them are to be reported.

N/ Safeguarding of Third Parties 1.

The University has a responsibility to ensure the safety of all third parties (such as contractors and their employees and visitors) who may from time to time be working within or visiting the University.

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2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

7.

Persons Responsible require ensuring that any third party working within his/her area of responsibility is safe. Any contractual or other arrangement entered into which permits access to the University must be drawn up on the basis that the University reserves the right to control and direct activity in the interests of health and safety at work. The University has the right to exclude person(s) from the University or any part thereof in the event of a breach of safety discipline. Persons Responsible must ensure that all third parties undertaking activity at the University are made aware on first arrival of relevant particular hazards, systems of work and safety or emergency procedures. All contractors engaged by Persons Responsible must be on the approved contractors list, which requires the supply of details of their liability insurance cover in respect of fire, damage and public and employer’s liability, as well as completing a health and safety questionnaire. Building contractors are required to adhere to the safety conditions and to undertake to comply with the guidelines contained in the most recent and relevant regulations with regard to building contracts being undertaken in educational premises. Advice can be obtained from the University Health & Safety Manager.

O / Smoking 1. Background The University’s No Smoking Policy has been introduced, to help provide a healthy, safe and comfortable environment. Current legislation places a duty of care upon employers to take reasonable care to protect the health of their employees. The implementation of this No Smoking Policy is aimed at supporting this. All staff and students are expected to support the No Smoking Policy.

2. Policy Statement Safety Division confirms its commitment to providing a healthy and safe working environment for all staff and students and protecting them, as far as reasonably practicable, against the effects of passive smoking as well as improving their general health. The University therefore promotes a Smoking Policy throughout the campus, particularly in all buildings and entrance areas.

3. The University is committed to ensuring that: a) b)

a working environment free of tobacco smoke is achieved where appropriate, help is available to those staff who wish to stop smoking

4. Responsibility a) b)

c)

The whole University has a responsibility for the implementation of the No Smoking Policy and the Safety office has ultimate responsibility for its effective development and implementation. Personal responsibility for the successful operation of this Policy lies (a) with every member of staff and (b) with all students. Heads of School/Service have a particular responsibility for enforcing the No Smoking Policy. In cases where the subject of smoking creates problems or difficulties amongst employees, HR Services should be consulted and in cases involving students, the secretary & Director of Operations should be contacted. Failure to observe the No Smoking Policy will initially result in a discussion with the Head of School/Service to reinforce the terms of the No Smoking Policy and related procedures. However, continuing, persistent or blatant disregard for the No Smoking Policy will be treated under the University’s disciplinary procedures for staff and students.

5. Policy Communication Human Resources will provide newly appointed employees with a copy of the No Smoking Policy and Heads of School/Service will ensure they are acquainted with any local arrangements. Students can access the No Smoking Policy via Medscheme.

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people smoking outside University’s building. The absence of ‘No Smoking’ sign should not be taken to mean that smoking is permitted.

7. Smoking in Student Accommodation Resident Students are permitted to smoke in their rooms (Private Area) .Smoking is strictly prohibited outside the student’s rooms (common area).

8. Assistance in Giving Up Smoking The University will give every support to smokers who wish to give up. Advice may be obtained from Learning Counselling Centre (L.C.C) to members of staff from the University, as well to the students

P / Transport of Staff and Students 1

The Person Responsible within a School/Service must ensure that any vehicle owned or managed by that School/Service is licensed and insured appropriately, and maintained in a road-worthy condition.

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Transport used for the conveyance of staff and students must not carry a larger number of persons than the rated capacity of the vehicle. Private cars or other vehicles owned by staff and used by them for the conveyance of other staff or students whether on receipt of payment from University funds, or not, must be appropriately insured by the owner(s) of the vehicle who must also have received due authorization from the Person Responsible. Any driver of a University vehicle must hold an appropriate clean, current driving license for the type or class of vehicle concerned (and should normally have held such a license for a minimum period of four years) and must have received approval from the Person Responsible prior to driving that vehicle.

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Q / Safety Training 1.

2.

A. B. C.

The safety and Enforcement management at Work require that safety training is provided at all levels. Risk assessments in Schools/Services will determine the level of training as part of the preventative and protective measures needed for each type of work. The training must include basic skills training, specific “on the job” training and training in health and safety or emergency procedures. Persons Responsible shall, in entrusting tasks to employees or others, take into account their capabilities as regards health and safety; and shall further ensure that employees and others are provided with adequate health and safety training: If the employee been recruited or enrolled into the University. If the employee been exposed to new or increased risks. If employee been transferred or given a change of responsibility within the University concerning the introduction of New work equipment or a change respecting work equipment already in use , new technology into the workplace, or a new system of work.

3. For those for whom safety training is deemed necessary, such training is not optional but a Mandatory requirement. 4. Identification of the safety training needs of students must be carried out by the academic supervisor, normally during the first four weeks after the students’ arrival at the University. Delivery of safety training which is required can form part of students’ courses.

R / Security 1.

2.

To ensure the safety of individuals at campus , we must verify the level of Security ‘s prestige so that evaluate the services provided to the community members through the security precautions which should be noticed and evaluated by AUS Administration representeted in the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and Director of Operation. AUS Administration has to revise and rate the conditions of contract signed between the university and the security contractor to ensure he provides AUS with a good job through efficient staff that they must be:

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a) b) c) d) e)

Well trained in the field of the first aid. In of practice for fighting fire. Experts in using the fire distinguishers. Experts in evacuating buildings. Fluent in speaking English language.

3.

Security mission will not be achieved entirely even If the hired security staff were fully efficient unless AUS Administration assists in seeking the required support to this Department by:

a)

purchasing numbers of new cars and motor cycles be Sharjah Police

b)

increase the number of check points inside the campus that be well constructed and supplied with advanced technology in the field of communications equipments (computers, telephones, radios ,etc‌,)

c)

Construct new building as main station for receiving the individual’s complaints and following up the various aspects relate to security and safety inside the campus, the new building must be located closed to the dorms and staff housing area.

d)

Security officers and the staff must be scheduled being on duty three shifts 8 hours for each.

4.

Definetly the security services will be developed through the quick communications and the physical follow up which will effect the level of performance in providing the security personnel’s services a high level of prestige, power, and confident in serving health and safe environment independently, and without any assistance of further external authority which out of the control of AUS Administration. AUS security personnel existence next to AUS main gates is essential element for controlling the contractors vechiles which be leaving the campus and loaded with AUS disposal assets. AUS security staff must be responsible for issuing permition approves shifting the disposal items outside AUS campus. Logistic Department must coordinate with AUS Security for any further issues relate to assets transfer outside the campus.

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well prepared similar to the one used by

R-1 / Access A. Security and Access Out with Normal Working Hours 1

The University is recognised as a safe and secure place to live and work and this atmosphere is enhanced by the presence of Campus Security which is dedicated to ensuring the security and safety of everyone on campus

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The Campus Security Control Room monitors all CCTV and alarm systems

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The emergency telephone ext. for the Security officer is x2222

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All students and staff to be issued with a University identification badge and authorised visitors to be issued with visitor passes which are readily identifiable. All persons must display their identification badge whilst on campus as this allows security personnel to concentrate on those without any form of identification who could well have entered the precinct for a criminal purpose

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If access is required to University property out with normal working hours, contact should be made with Campus Security and arrangements will be made to meet you and provide an escort if required

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If you are concerned about working alone in a particular area, contact Security officer l and arrangements will be made to escort you and make regular checks on your safety.

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Responsible Persons must ensure a system exists whereby all laboratories, classrooms, offices, etc are secured when not in organised use and certainly outwits normal working hours.

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Each School/Service must maintain a register of persons authorised to use laboratories and must devise procedures for monitoring usage, when not in organised use.

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Security and monitoring checks will be ongoing and persons found to be disregarding University regulations may be removed from the premises and liable to disciplinary procedures.

B. Conditions of Access 1.

Staff has an automatic right of access

2.

Students requiring access out with normal working hours must seek written authorisation from their senior lecturer. Once authorisation has been granted, the names of the students involved will be added to the 24-hour access list held at security.

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The senior lecturer is responsible for ensuring the access request is valid and that the person requesting access is aware of the need to contact security on arrival, at which time arrangements will be made to ensure their safety.

4.

If laboratory or other work involving an element of risk is undertaken, the senior lecturer must ensure that a risk assessment has been carried out and that procedures are in place to ensure that safety is maintained at all times.

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Persons working in the University outwits normal working hours must follow the procedures of access policy.

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All persons entering University buildings out with normal working hours must register their presence with Security by recording their name and intended location in the book provided. Any special safety or security arrangements can be discussed at that time. Likewise, when leaving the building, Security must be informed.

7.

General Points:

a) b)

Normal opening hours are: Sunday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. All persons must be aware of the emergency contact numbers for security (X. 2222) and the nearest fire exit routes in their work area. Suspicious persons, unruly behaviour, etc. must be reported to security immediately. Persons in the building outwits normal working hours must confine themselves to the area they are authorised to access. The No Smoking Policy must be strictly adhered to.

c) d) e)

R-2 / Laboratories All laboratory personnel have a responsibility to take reasonable precautions against theft or misuse Of materials, particularly those that could threaten the public. At a minimum, safety Division expects all laboratory personnel to comply with the following Safety procedures: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Question the presence of unfamiliar individuals in the laboratories and report all suspicious activity immediately to Security Division by calling Security Division X2222. LOCK all laboratory and storage room doors when no one is present, even for a few minutes. Do NOT leave hazardous materials unattended or unsecured at any time. Lock freezers, refrigerators, storage cabinets, and other equipment where hazardous chemicals, radioactive materials, biological agents, or controlled substances are stored when they are not in use. Dispose of unneeded hazardous materials. Take periodic inventory of all highly hazardous chemicals, biological materials, and controlled substances.

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Report missing hazardous materials or equipment, to Security Division immediately at X2222

Laboratory doors are secured after normal business hours. To minimize the likelihood Of unauthorized access, all after-hours building users should: 1. 2. 3.

Avoid providing building access to unfamiliar individuals. Secure doors behind them. Immediately report any building security problem to Security Division at X2222.

R-3 / Pets Pets can be a source of great love and affection for their owners. However, not everyone appreciates them equally due to a wide variety of reasons. These could range from cultural norms to health issues and safety concerns pertaining to aggressive behavior displayed by certain types of pets.

In light of the above: (1) Pets on campus are prohibited from: a. b.

being taken inside administrative and academic buildings on campus being taken to outdoor athletic venues while they are in use for practice or games

(2) Pets must be kept on a leash at all times and must not be left unattended while on campus--either in automobiles or tied outside campus buildings (3) Owners must clean up after their pets while on campus. They will also be held responsible for any personal injury or property damage inflicted by their pets. (4) Staff, faculty or students who find pets in restricted areas on campus, as described above, should remind the pet’s owner of the university’s pet policy. If that action is unsuccessful in having the pet removed from the premises, they may report the policy violation to AUS Security (ext. 2222). This policy aims to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public while ensuring responsible ownership and well-being of the pets. Therefore, owners must: 1) Register their pets every year at the Security Division (tel ext 2222 or 050 6366223), and : a. b. c.

List the name of the person responsible for the care and control of the pet .Registration tags must be worn by dogs and cats at all times Complete and send in the annual registration renewal form (See link) Meet with security officer at the division to pay the annual registration fee, for the followings : 1. 2. 3.

A single pet More than one Newborns/young pet (First year)

4.

Higher registration fee will be charged to owners who do not meet the registration Deadline for the payment.

d. e. f.

The university reserves the right to request registration verification at any time It also reserves the right to take immediate and strong action against unregistered pets. Owners must have the necessary proof of their pest’s health and well being at the time of registration, such as veterinarian recommended vaccination to maintain the animal’s health and

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prevent contagious diseases. / Documentation of vaccination is due at time of the registration’s approval). The university reserves the right to request an updated verification at any time during the animal’s residency

2) Ensure that their pets don’t cause a nuisance to their neighbor and other people by their behavior and actions such as persistent and loud barking or howling, otherwise : a. b.

A warning letter will be sent to the owner (First Complaint) A fine will be imposed (Second instance )

Animal nuisances should be reported to Security and Safety Division (tell 2222 - 2068 / or 050 6366332050 8657618) 3) Keep their pets, especially dogs, under control or confined to their property so that they do not wanderorgetlost. 4) Pick up any feces left by their pets, especially dogs, in public places or on land not occupied by the dog owner. a. b.

Dog droppings must be removed by the owner. A fine will be required be imposed otherwise. Appropriate equipment to pick up the dog’s droppings must be carried by owners at all times in public places. A fine will be imposed otherwise.

5) Take all reasonable steps to ensure their pets don’t injure, endanger or cause distress to children and other people so that the public can use streets and public amenities without fear of attack or intimidation

Veterinary clinics: Persons on call at these clinics are ready to coordinate with AUS administration to be available on campus for a certain number of hours every week for consultation.

Enforcement AUS Security Division will take the following actions if any pet is found unaccompanied on campus: 1) As per campus safety policy, pets should always be under supervision. Any pet seen wandering unaccompanied on campus will be caught and picked up and a fine will be imposed on the owner. 2)

If the owner does not show up or contact AUS Security personnel within 24 hours of being notified, the pet/s will be handed over to the following department of the Sharjah Municipality authority Pesticide and Pest Control Department Industrial Area # 3 –-- Arabian Al-Qouds Roundabout Tel 06 543 7788

R-4 /Housemaids In order to show an excellent impression and good image regarding AUS reputation in the local and international communities the below mentioned precautions and procedures to be followed with regard to Housemaids who are living at AUS campus : 1. 2.

AUS residence should report to AUS security and Housing Departments to give the new Housemaid approval to live in the campus. Residence will be requested submitting approved documents , as follows: a. b. c. d.

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Copy of the health certificate or insurance.

3. Procedures for issuing permission should be conducted by AUS security before the housemaid arrives to AUS campus.

AUS Security should: a. b. c. d. e. f.

Open record for each housemaid living at AUS campus. Issue Identification card for the Housemaid. Follow up with AUS residents renewing the Housemaid’s residence timely. Check the numbers of the persons who are living legally in AUS accommodation. Hand over any violators to University City police station. Check the Immigration liaisons.

g.

Clearance from security if the housemaid will leave the campus for good.

R-5 /Skatting Good inline skating practices 1)

Remember that vehicles generally win in crash situations.

2)

Always wear proper safety equipment: A multi-sport or inline helmet, and wrist, elbow and knee guards.

3)

To prevent crashes when inline skating on the street or sidewalk/path, remember that these paths are to be shared safely with others.

a.

Be as visible and predictable as possible, functioning much like a bicycle, always going the same direction as other traffic, and following the traffic signs and signals.

b. c.

Stay off state highways. Check local ordinances to see if there are areas of town where inline skating is restricted, such as downtown shopping areas.

4)

When traveling on multi-use trails give voice warning and pass on left if possible.

5)

On the street, a safe practice is looking and pointing where you intend to go if changing direction.

a.

Learn how to stop, and avoid steep hills.

b.

Walk trails and paths and sidewalks you plan to skate to be sure there are no hazards.

c.

Some curves are too sharp for inline skates. Take note of these and slow your approach early.

d.

In parks that have closed hours, watch out for chains and other barriers not readily visible in the dark.

Enforcement, If Skater causes any damage in one of AUS properties, he/ she must pay the fine. AUS Operation Department identifies and estimates the cost of damage.

R-6/ Golf Cart 1)

Unauthorized use of a golf cart is considered theft and a felony.

2)

Obtaining Driver’s license gives authorization to operate a golf cart on campus.

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Golf cart should be registered with AUS security and affix the registration sticker

4)

All accidents involving golf carts shall be reported immediately to the supervisor of the department to which the vehicle is registered, and security division.

OPERATING THE GOLF CART 1.

The following rules should be observed when operating or using a golf cart:

2.

Never leave the keys in the golf cart when unattended.

3.

Always lock and secure the golf cart when not being used, such as when storing overnight.

4.

Never back up without looking to see what is behind the cart.

5.

Never shift gears while the vehicle is in motion. Never exceed the safe speed limit (20 km )

6.

Never operate the golf cart with more passengers aboard than the golf cart is designed to accommodate.

7.

Reduce speed to compensate for inclines, pedestrians, and weather conditions.

8.

Maintain adequate distance between vehicles.

9.

Approach sharp or blind comers with caution.

10. Keep hands, legs, feet and arms inside the confines of the golf cart when it is in motion. 11. Always obey all traffic rules regulations, and AUS Security instructions.

SAFETY CHECKLIST The operator will, before operating the golf cart, 1)

Check for proper tire condition and inflation.

2)

Check brakes

3)

Check for any indication of battery fluid leaks such as wet spots under the unit.

4)

Check overloading if the golf carts equipped with a back carriage

for proper operation.

The Operator should inform the Operations Department to take the unit out of service if the golf cart is in need of repair or maintenance,

Enforcement

Violators will be requested to pay the Fine for any damage or lose. The Operations Department will estimate the required cost. Badr Eldin El-Banna Safety and Enforcement Manager Updated November 19, 2008

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