Occupational Health and Safety

OHS



Working Safely in The University of the South Pacific

SAFETY FIRST , ALL THE TIME, EVERYTIME

Every workplace in USP including those set up by USP contractors is obligated under the USP OHS Policy to ensure that workplaces ,work equipment are maintained to comply with health and safety standards and work is carried out in a safe & competent manner. 

The compliance to documented USP Safe Work Procedures ( SWOPs ) is a key element in the prevention of  injuries and incidents in the university.

Each worker , contractor and student is required to understand and comply to these SWOPS when conducting work, within any university campus premises.

Personal Protective Equipment  

Personal protective equipment is a key component for worker's safety in the workplace.

 

PPE

   Document     

   You Tube Video links   

Head Protection

Fact Sheet

Video

Eye Protection

Fact Sheet

Video

Face Protection

Fact Sheet

Video

Workshop PPE

Fact Sheet

Video

Hand protection

Fact Sheet

Video

Hearing Protection

Fact Sheet

Video

Respiratory protection

Fact Sheet

Video

High Visibility Clothing

Fact Sheet

Video

Foot Protection

Fact Sheet

Video

Science Laboratory  PPE

 Fact Sheet

 video

Science Lab Safety Equipment 

Fact Sheet

 video

Work Ergonomics

Workstations with personal computers and laptops and smart phones are commonly used by a large proportion of university staff .

It is important that these work tools and work areas are used appropriately in maintaining workers , normal body equilibrium  to avoid musculoskeletal discomfort and diseases.

 

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Document

You Tube Video

1

Workstation Ergonomics Fact Sheet

Video

2

PC Work Station Ergonomics Self Assessment Check List

Video

3

Laptop Work Station Ergonomics Self Assessment Checklist

 Video

4

Smart Phone Ergonomics Self Assessment Checklist

Video

MANUAL LIFTING ( ML )

The manual lifting of loads in the workplace can be hazardous if not done correctly ,a good example is using good lifting techniques and operating  lifting and moving equipment correctly.

 

  ML   

Manual Lifting

   Document    

 You Tube Video links  

1

Loads

  Fact Sheet      

Video

2

Lifting Techniques

SWOP

Video

3

Lifting & Moving Devices

Fact Sheet

Video

4

Fork Lift Safety

Fact Sheet

Video

5

Pallet Jack

Video

6

Crane Lifts

Video

7

Securing Loads on vehicles  

Video

WORK AT HEIGHTS

Falls from heights is a leading cause of deaths in workplaces globally , its important to have safe systems for work when working at heights . These include using ladders , scaffolds and mobile elevated work platforms like cherry pickers and scissor lifts .

Work at Heights is hazardous and a Safety Permit is Required

WHS

Work at Height

Document  

 YouTube Video links 

       

01

Work at Heights Permit

Permit Form

         Video

02

Work at Roofs

SWOP

         Video

03

Safety Anti Fall harness

SWOP

Video

04

A Frame ladder

SWOP

         Video

05

Extension Ladder

SWOP

         Video

06

Scaffolding

SWOP

         Video

06

Cherry Picker  

SWOP

Video

07

Scissors Lift

SWOP

Video

08

Step Ladder

SWOP

Video

 Hot Works Safety ( HWS )

The use of naked flames in and around workplaces and public areas is a fire hazard.These include using welding , grinding  and cutting. There are certain areas where no hot works is allowed because residual safety risk is too high.

        

   Hot Work    

      Document        

    You Tube Video links 

   1

   Hot Works Permit

Fact Sheet & Hot Work Permit

Video

2

Compressed Gases Safety

Fact Sheet

Video

   3

   Welding

SWOP

Video

   4

    Grinding

SWOP

Video

   5

    Oxy Cutting

SWOP

Video

Controlling Hazardous Energy- Lock Out Tag Out( LOTO )

Energized mechanical equipment and plants must be switched off in order for them to be repaired , cleaned and serviced  safely. Having effective Lock out tag out work safety system is essential for this to be done to prevent serious injury and death to operators. 

 

 

LOTO

Energy for Lock Out Tag Out

 Document  

 You Tube Video links  

   1     

 Lock Out Tag Out  (LOTO )     

   Fact Sheet

        Video

   2

 Electrical  

    Permit

        Video

   3

High Pressure Temperature  

    Permit

        Video

   4

 Mechanical  

    Permit

        Video

   5

 Hydraulic     

        video

 

 

Electrical Safety

Electricity is a necessary power source for modern lifestyle & workplace amenities , yet if not used safely,it can kill a person or/and cause significant damage to property eg.fire.

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  Electrical Safety     

   Document     

  You Tube Video links  

   1

   Voltage Amps and Power

    

          Video

    2     

     Electrical Hazards 

    Fact Sheet

          Video

3

     Electrical Safety

    Fact Sheet

          Video

4

     Electrical Arc Flash

    Fact Sheet

           Video

5

     Measuring Electricity Safely   

    Fact Sheet

           Video

 Excavation Works Safety

Excavation works carried out on any campus requires close safety and work planning and supervision to ensure that workers and pedestrians safety is not threatened and integrity of the local infrastructure is not jeopardized.

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Document  

You Tube  Video links 

01

Fact Sheet

   video

02

Safe Work procedure

   video

03

Permit to Work  

   video

 Confined Spaces Safety

Confined Spaces are multiple hazard workplaces due to poor accessibility , ventilation and ergonomics , this is often further accentuated by hot works , flammable and toxic gases.

 

CFS

Document

You Tube Video links  

01

 Confined Space Fact Sheet

        Video

02

Confined Space Entry

Video

03

 Safe Work Procedure

        Video

04

 Permit to Work

        Video

 

Mechanical Shop & Powered Hand Tools Safety

Mechanical Shop and Powered hand tools are the commonest used equipment within construction and industrial workplaces ,for example at USP's Property and Facilities section.

 

   Power Tool   

  Document   

  You Tube Video links  

Angle Grinder

SWOP

video  / injuries video 

Circular Saw

SWOP

video  / injury video  / Kick Back

Cordless Drill

SWOP

video

Chain Saw

SWOP

video / injury Video

Jig Saw

SWOP

video

Leaf Blower

SWOP

video

High Pressure Water Blaster

SWOP

video

Drill Press

 SWOP

video

Mitre Saw

SWOP

video

Table Saw

SWOP

video

Planer

SWOP

video

Belt Sander

SWOP

video

Band Saw

SWOP

video / video 2

Lathe

SWOP

video

 


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