Estates & Infrastructure - Occupational Health and Safety


OHS Consultation


The Lautoka Campus is located in the city of Lautoka on the western part of the large Viti Levu Island in Fiji.

The campus currently occupies 4 levels of the Western House Building located at Vidilo Street within the central business district of Lautoka city.

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.


Lautoka Campus OHS Committee 2020

Arunesh Chandra

Upendra Kumar

Teresa Ali

Arti Archana

Motufaga Wise

Siwaqami Devi

Shain Kumar

Nevote Natoga

Nilu Ram


The supervisor of the workplaces within the Lautoka campus is responsible for maintaining and ensuring that the campus facilities and staff operate safely and without risk to health & welfare of students and other workers. 

Resolving Health and Safety Issues in the Workplace

In the first instance all health and safety issues within the Lautoka USP campuses 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 or student to officially document this and forward this report to his /her supervisor as well as to the USP OHS Unit.

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


Emergency Management

Lautoka 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.



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.

Lautoka Campus Emergency Fire Response & Evacuation Procedure

 It is important that building occupants are aware of the locations and how to use first attack fire fighting equipment present in the building.

These includes fire extinguishers , Fire hose reels and fire blankets.


Fire Extinguishers

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 , these are Chief Building Fire Wardens and Building Fire Wardens

USP Building Fire Warden Roles & Responsibilities

The Lautoka Campus Fire Wardens are present in the building to carry out these important roles , its important to recognise them and support them in the important roles that they contribute to the safety of the building and its occupants.




Emergency Assembly Area Signboards used in USP

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 Lautoka Campus is located at ground level at the nearby Lautoka Catholic Church area on Tukani Street.



Earthquakes may occur at any time.It is important to know what to do during and immediately after an earthquake.

Earthquake Advisory Brochure



Vidilo Street where the Western House building where the Lautoka campus is situated is located within the Tsunami Hazard zone of Lautoka city as it is located only several meters away from the coastline.

Standing on Vidilio Street is only 9 meters above sea level.

 Western House 3 level Building on Vidilo Street.

In the event of a tsunami warning occupants may move to upper levels of the building and remain there until the tsunami subsides 



In the event of a tsunami warning , occupants may move to upper levels of the building and remain there until the tsunami subsides .

However in the event the building itself is unsafe like in an earthquake or fire , occupants must evacuate to designated tsunami evacuation sites nearby

Closest Tsunami Evacuation Sites approx 2 km inland from the city coastline include the Lautoka Hospital ( 40 meters above sea level ) and the Simla Surburbs ( 60 meters above sea level ) where there are open grounds to assemble safely.

It is important to move as speedily and safely as possible to these areas .


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 the supervisor within Lautoka Campus 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.

Local Emergency Phone Numbers to contact key personnel and 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 Lautoka 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.

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. 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 Lautoka 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 campus 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 campus 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.

At the Lautoka Campus this will require calling emergency phone numbers and first aiders .

The Lautoka Hospital is the largest tertiary hospital in Western Viti Levu is located a few km away and will be the hospital to which injury and medical cases from campus will be transfered to for definitive medical care.

Lautoka's Fiji Ministry of Health Public Hospital


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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