Estates & Infrastructure - Occupational Health and Safety


OHS Consultation

Solomon Island Campus

 The Solomon Island Main Campus is located beside the Lawson Tama Sports Stadium within Honiara on Guadalcanal Island.


The Workplace OHS Representative and Committee  


The USP OHS Policy states that the university as the employer will consult with staff and student representatives on the development and promotion of an effective health and safety program for their workplaces.

Solomon Island Honiara Campus OHS Committee 


  • Mr Arvindra Rishi Prasad


  • Ms Christina Mekab

Management Reps

  • Ms.Leila Galo : Accountant
  • Mr Dean Foy  : Manager ICT

Workers Rep

  • Ms Tina Afegau-Tahiava ( Library )
  • Ms Joan Houtarau ( SAS )
  • Mr George Gui ( Bookroom )
  • Mr John Paikula ( Pacific TAFE )
  • Mr Darren Tion ( Facilities Officer )

Student Rep

  • Mr Alfred Saba

The Solomon Island Safety at Work Act 1996 provides the legal framework and provisions for occupational health and safety for workers and workplaces in the Solomon Islands.

This legislation states that it is a legal requirement that supervisors of the workplaces within the campus are responsible for maintaining and ensuring their areas of responsibility and staff operate safely and without risk to health of students and other workers.

USP OHS Committee Guidelines

Resolving Health and Safety Issues in the Workplace

In the first instance all health and safety issues within USP campuses and centers in the Solomon Islands must be addressed by the worker and the supervisor responsible for the workplace 

USP Staff or students within a workplace under the guidance of the USP OHS Consultation Procedure may immediately raise issues of health and safety concern to the most senior staff in charge of the workplace.

USP Workplace Health and Safety Issue Resolution Flow Chart

The USP hazard incident report form is to be used by the worker to officially document this and forward this report to his /her supervisor.

It is the responsibility of the supervisor / manager of that workplace to ensure that these workplace hazards or issues are rectified as soon as possible.

A copy of this report is to be sent by worker to

  • The Solomon Island Campus OHS committee chairperson
  • SI Campus Director
  • USP OHS Unit 


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Emergency Management

Solomon Island Honiara Campus Emergency Contact Numbers & Information

The first response for dealing with any potential emergency is to CALL FOR HELP .It is important for campus staff and students to know and access phone numbers to key people and responders within the campus and community who can rapidly respond to and deal with the emergency.

Honiara Campuses Fire Emergency Response Procedure



When you see smoke or fire in your building or vicinity knowing what to do in those intial minutes may save your life and those around you.

Fire Emergency Procedure Honiara Campuses


The Mokolo Building and the Lawson Tama Campus Buildings have Fire protection equipment located within them

The ability to extinguish a small fire early can save a building and human lives

Read these Instructional Guidelines

Fire Extinguisher

Fire Hose Reels

Fire Blankets


Building Fire Wardens are USP staff and designated students  who have received training from their National Fire Authority to conduct basic building fire safety preparedness and response activities, including using firefighting equipment and conducting building evacuations.

There are 2 types of Building fire wardens in USP

Chief Building Fire wardens is in charge of a group of floor wardens and coordinate building fire safety activities and the evacuation of persons to the designated assembly area

Floor Fire wardens are responsible for basic fire safety activities and evacuation of persons in their area of responsibility within the building to designated emergency assembly areas

USP Building Fire Warden Roles & Responsibilities

There are designated fire wardens and chief building wardens for Solomon Island campuses building. It is important to recognize them and assist them in their duties.




An Emergency Assembly Area is a designated safe area or location specific for a hazardous event e.g. emergency assembly area for fire and evacuation site for tsunami, flooding or cyclones.

Emergency Assembly Area for Fire for Honiara Campuses are

Lawson Tama Campus is Yellow 1

Mokolo Building is Yellow 2

Natural Disasters

The Solomon Islands is prone to a large variety of natural disasters

Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Plan - Click here


The Solomon Island Meteorological Services has a rich source of updated information on the status of Solomon Island weather conditions .


The Solomon Islands Archipelago is situated within the Pacific Ocean Rim of Fire and is susceptible to volcanism , earthquakes and tsunamis .

In 2013 a 8.0 magnitude under sea earthquake struck off the coast of the Santa Cruz islands in the south east of the Solomon islands archipelago

A series of  1 meter tsunami waves struck the coastlines of the islands in Temotu province killing 10 people,destroying 600 homes and affecting 3,329 people on the island.

 It is important for all persons to be aware of what to do during and after an earthquake has occurred.

Earthquake Advisory Brochure




The entire Lawson Tama Campus and the Mokolo Building are situated within the Honiara Tsunami Hazard Zone .

In the event of a large earthquake or a tsunami warning , occupants of these buildings must immediately move to tsunami evacuation sites located in the inland areas of the campus


There is no Tsunami Evacuation Sites within the Lawson Tama Campus.

For any large earthquake or tsunami the campus must be evacuated immediately via the front gate and evacuees must move to the closest tsunami evacuation site further inland on hilly terrain.

The Upper levels of the Mokolo Building can be used as a tsunami evacuation site for sudden tsunamis however in the event of destructive earthquakes it is best to evacuate the building and move inland towards tsunami evacuation sites in hilly areas.


Flash Flooding of dry river beds ,creeks and rivers can occur suddenly and without warning.

Flash Flooding early in 2014 severely damaged settlements close to Mataniko River within Honiara killing al large number of people

Rain Storms & Cyclone

All USP campuses in the Cyclone belt of the South Pacific Region are susceptible to cyclones during the months between November to April.

Itís important to be well prepared for these cyclones before they happen, and take all precautions during and after cyclones have occurred.



Injury Management


It is the duty for all USP workers and students to report any hazard or unsafe work act or unsafe workplace condition to their immediate supervisor by filling and sending USP Hazard Injury Incident Form

It is the duty of supervisors within Honiara campus and its centers to ensure that campus management eliminates the risk posed by these hazards or reduces it to negligible levels.

It is the duty of the workplace OHS representative to ensure that these processes are documented and that this process is not impeded.

Workplace Accident Video

It is the responsibility of the campus director to ensure that all health and safety issues and incidents are fully investigated and relevant actions taken to address these so as to prevent recurrence .

Management of the Injured Worker

Responsibility of the Injured Worker

Whenever an injury occurs in the workplace it is the responsibility of the worker to report it immediately to his/her immediate supervisor and seek First Aid and definitive medical attention, see FIRST AID in the Workplace.

National and Local Emergency Phone Numbers to contact local hospitals must be available to all staff and students . 

Role of Supervisor

It is the responsibility of the supervisor of the injured worker to arrange and facilitate immediate first aid and transfer the injured staff or student to the Vaiola Hospital .

Serious Injuries

Serious Injuries must be notified by the supervisor of the worker to campus director and USP OHS Unit 

Workers Covered under QBE Scheme

If the worker is covered under the QBE medical insurance scheme,the  QBE workman compensation form must be filled and submitted to the closest QBE insurance office within 7days of the injury occurring.

Recovery & Return to Work

For Injured Worker you must read this advisory

Injury and Accident Investigation

It is essential that all serious injuries be formally investigated immediately as is possible.

The injured worker, fellow workers witnessing the injury must fill in accident statement form for worker and witnesses.

The supervisor must fill in Supervisor Statement Form

The campus director is to conduct an accident inquiry hearing where all persons will be given opportunity to account for the events and causes leading to the accident and injuries occurring.

Copy of the Minutes of inquiry and related reports must be submitted to USP OHS Unit as soon as reasonably possible .



First Aid

First Aid in the Workplace

First Aid is the provision of basic emergency resuscitation & treatment to victims of injuries and illnesses at the time and location of these events occurring until/on route to definitive secondary medical treatment being provided to these victims.

These emergency situations in the workplace may include treating cuts and bruises, sprains from falls, near drowning and someone falling unconscious or suffering an epileptic fit.

ABCDE is a basic First Aid technique which everyone within the university can master.

First Aid Guidelines in the Workplace

First Aid Primary Assessment

USP Staff and students undertake First Aid training with local accredited First Aid Training provider eg. Solomon Island Red Cross Societies to attain First Aider certification within the university.

First Aid Training is usually done during semester breaks in April, June and September every year .If interested fill out the USP OHS Training Application form for First Aid training and submit it to USP OHS unit email ohs(at)

At the Honiara Campus, it is important to know who your local first aiders are and the locations of first aid stations. These first aiders and first aid kits are identified by signageís placed close to their locations.

USP First Aider Signage example

It is the responsibility of the department where the first aid station is located to replenish the first aid kit of its contents at 3 monthly intervals .The first Aider responsible for the kit is responsible for keeping first aid register for it and informing the local workplace OHS committee and head of department.


Basic First Aid Kit Contents

First Aid Register Form to be filled by First Aider

It is important to call for help whenever an event requires first aid to be administered.

Medical Referrals

The National Referral Hospital at Honiara is located a less than 100 meters  away and will be the hospital to which injury and medical cases from campus will be taken to for definitive medical care.

It is also referred to by locals by other names like central hospital or number 9.


National Referral Hospital Honiara

Phone : ( 677 ) 23600

Fax : ( 677 ) 24243



First Aid for Burns

First Response for Common Ailments

First Aid for Choking

First Aid for Construction Sites

First Aid for Electric Shocks ( Electrocution )

First Aid for External Bleeding

First Aid for Eyes

First Aid for Fractures

Heart Attacks & Strokes

Hygenic Hand Washing Techniques

First Aid for Seizures

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