Estates & Infrastructure - Occupational Health and Safety


Alafua Campus

OHS Consultation



 The Alafua Campus currently occupies a  property located approximately 2km from central Apia on the island of Upolu.

The USP School of Agriculture as well as IRETA the institute for research,extension and training in agriculture is based in this campus.

 There is a USP center on the island of Sava'ii.

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.

The Alafua campus OHS committee is made of the following staff and student representatives who meet on regular basis.

OHS Committee Chairperson : Vacant 

OHS Committee Secretary     : Senirua Sua

Management OHS Representatives

  • Dr Joeli Veitayaki - Campus Director
  • Eireini Mafi Afoa

Workers OHS Representatives

  • Rasela Seiuli
  • Mamea Sia Matalavea
  • Niseta Buatava
  • Shirley Devi
  • Betty Pinati
  • Dr Siaka Diara
  • Kosetatino Vaifale
  • Vaesavali Falaniko
  • Ma Laulu
  • Seulgee Samuelu
  • Paula Fuifui
  • Faaolataga Amosa
  • Noel Taitia
  • Paula Ioane
  • Eddie Tolovae


The Samoa Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted by the legislative assembly of the Samoan Parliament on 28th March 2002.

The 2 senior supervisors of the respective workplaces within the Alafua campus are responsible along with their workers to ensure their areas of responsibility operate safely and without risk to health of students and fellow workers.

USP OHS Committee Guidelines

Resolving Health and Safety Issues in the Workplace


A large proportion of work done and taught at Alafua is agriculturally based , and this has a potential for many hazards that can be encountered by staff and students.

In the first instance all health and safety issues within USP campuses and centers in Alafua Campus must be addressed by the worker and the supervisor immediately 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 Alafua campus OHS committee chairperson and the campus director Dr Ruby Va'a .

A copy of this report is to be sent to USP OHS Unit 


Emergency Management

ALAFUA 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.


 The Alafua Campus Security Post at the main entrance into the campus maintains 7 day 24 hour presence and will be the main point of contact for any emergency on campus .


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.

It is important that you know the Alafua Campus Fire Emergency Response Procedure and have these placed in key buildings around campus.



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 building to designated emergency assembly areas

USP Building Fire Warden Roles & Responsibilities




There are designated building Fire wardens and chief building wardens for Alafua campus buildings and student residential halls .

Blue 1 Assembly Area Team

Location : Grounds Opposite IRETA FALE

  • Ioane Sei
  • Anapapa Savaiinaea

Blue 2 Assembly Area Team

Location : Grounds Opposite T Junction Animal Science Lab Building and Dinning Hall

  • Mamea Sia Matalavea
  • Shriley Devi
  • Dean Seioti
  • Betty Pinati
  • Seulgee Samuelu
  • Eirenei Mafi Afoa
  • Rasela Seiuli
  • Noel Taitia
  • Paula Ioane

Blue 3 Assembly Area Team

Location : Grounds opposite Library and Student FALE and Male Dorm

  • Kosetatino Vaifale
  • Ma Laulu
  • Eddie Tolovae

Blue 4 Assembly Area Team

Location : Grounds between Male Dorm and Student Indoor Gym

  • Fuarosa Ioane

Blue 5 Assembly Area Team

Location : Grounds roadside , between Staff Residences and German GTZ Building

  • Michael Sefilino
  • Daniel Stowers

Blue 6 Assembly Area Team

Location : Grounds between Farm and Farm Staff Quarters

  • Anuliueta Lave
  • Senirua Sua
  • Uga Luaupu

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.

Alafua Campus has 6 emergency assembly areas which can be used for evacuations arising from fire ,earthquake and tsunami.

It is important to know the designated emergency assembly area for your building and locality.




The  Samoa Disaster Management Office based with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment provides excellent reference materials for natural disasters and hazards affecting Samoa.


This team led by the campus director leads the response for any major emergency or disaster occuring on campus at any time.

  1. Dr Joeli Veitayaki
  2. Mr Mamea Sia Matalavea
  3. Ms Shirley Devi
  4. Ms Tokase Bakabaka
  5. Ms Eirenei Mafi Afoa
  6. Ms Rasela Seiuli
  7. Dr Siaka Diara
  8. Mr Kosetatino Vaifale
  9. Mr Vaesavali Falaniko
  10. Mr Eddie Tolovae

The Samoa island group is located within the Pacific Ocean Ring of Fire, and as such is susceptible to volcanism and earthquakes.

The Samoa Meteorological Services has a rich source of updated information on the status of Samoa's weather conditions .

Savaii and Upolu have active volcanoes that have remained dormant for several centuries .

Earthquakes may range from slight earth tremors to violent ground upheavals resulting in a lot of destruction and deaths.

In 2009 a large under sea earthquake in the Pacific ocean between Samoa and the Tongan northern group of islands Niuatoputapu generated a 17 meter high tsunami that killed 9 people and destroyed houses 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


Samoa recently in 2009 experienced a tsunami affecting part of its islands killing several persons.



The Savaii USP center is located within Tsunami hazard zone as it is located several meters above sea level and close to the coastline.

The level 1 story building at USP Savaii center is the designated emergency tsunami evacuation site for campus occupants.

Savaii Center Main Building


The Moamoa Staff and Student housing area is located within the tsunami hazard zone as it lies close to creeks leading out to sea.

Staff and student residing here must evacuate to the main Alafua campus in the event of large earthquakes and tsunami warnings.



The main Alafua campus area is a designated community tsunami evacuation site, it is located several kilometers inland on a hilly slope.

In the event of large earthquakes and tsunami evacuations , the community residents around the campus will be using the campus tsunami evacuation sites as safe assembly areas .

Student and staff in the event of tsunami must remain on campus but keep vigilant to radio reports

Only in the event of earthquakes adversely affecting campus buildings must occupants evacuate out of buildings,otherwise it is best to remain in them to wait the tsunami out.


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.

In December 2012 Cyclone Evan affected Samoa and Fiji and caused damages to Alafua campus buildings.

The Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment provides meteorological services and up to date weather forecasting and monitoring of adverse weather conditions like cyclones rain storms and marine weather forecasts for Samoa.



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 workplace supervisors within Alafua campus and its Savaii center 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 Alafua campus director to ensure that all health and safety hazards , injuries and incidents are documented , fully investigated and relevant actions taken to address these, so as to prevent recurrence .

Responsibility of the Injured Worker

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

The Alafua campus has a medical center on campus , seek immediate treatment by the medical staff at this center.

Alafua Medical Center  Phone ( +685 ) 21671 Extension 300

Alafua Security Post     Phone ( +685 ) 21671 Extension 222 or Extension 23083

Alafua Campus Medical Center.


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 Apia Hospital .

 All All injuries no matter how trivial is to be reported by the supervisor to the campus director and the USP OHS Unit 

Workers Covered under QBE Scheme

If the worker is covered under the QBE medical insurance scheme, it is a requirement for the worker and the workerís supervisor to fill out their respective component of the QBE workman compensation form and submit this form to the closest QBE insurance office within 7days of the injury occurring.

Recovery & Return to Work

Injured worker undergoing treatment must keep their Alafua workplace supervisor and USP OHS unit updated at all times of medical consultations with doctors and results of recovery and treatment.

All medical certificates and reports must be submitted to supervisors and the USP OHS unit by the worker.

Injury and Accident Investigation

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

The injured worker, fellow workers witnessing the injury must fill the USP Accident Statement form ( Injured Worker & Witness ) and submit these statements to Alafua Campus Director and USP OHS Unit.

The workplace supervisor of the injured worker or student must fill the USP Accident Statement Form Supervisor

 The workplace supervisor shall seal off the incident / accident area and conduct an inspection of the accident scene and submit a report.


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.

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. ST John ambulance and 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 Alafua Campus, it is important to know who your local first aiders are and the locations of first aid stations.

Workplace First aider posters and first aid kit signs will identify their locations.

It is the responsibility of the workplace to replenish their first aid kit of its contents at 3 monthly intervals . USP maintains a list of basic First Aid items required for first aid kits

The first Aider responsible for the kit is responsible for keeping first aid register for it and report any injuries attended to Alafua OHS committee regularly.

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

At the Alafua Campus this will require calling immediate workplace supervisor (staff), lecturer (student in class or field trip)

The Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital is located a few km away and will be the hospital to which injury and medical cases from campus will be taken to for definitive medical care.



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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