The University strives to foster the development of safety consciousness in all members of its community in order to minimize the risk of injury to persons and/or damage to property or facilities. In addition, the University has both a moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for its employees.
All staff have a responsibility and the authority to ensure that a safe work environment exists within the University. The University will put in place accountability mechanisms to ensure that EHS responsibilities are performed effectively.
University management have environment, health and safety (EHS) responsibilities, authority and accountabilities as outlined in their position descriptions, policies, guidelines, procedures, and, as summarized in this document.
Khalifa University is committed to the provision of a safe and healthy environment for all employees, students, contractors and visitors. To meet this commitment, the University will endeavor to have a safe workplace through the:
- Identification of actual and potential hazards
- Assessment of the risk of injury/illness associated with those hazards
- Elimination of risk and where this is not possible implementation of control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of controls and legal requirements.
- Monitoring, review and evaluation of the effectiveness of corrective measures.
Therefore, Khalifa University has developed a risk management system based on AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009.
The University will monitor and assess any updates or changes to the environment, health and safety legislation, to the codes of practice, or to standards and will communicate any changes via the KU EHS intranet site and consultation arrangement.
As EHS is regulated by legislation it is vital that the University has a mechanism to enable the identification of legislative requirements. This document outlines the process in which the EHS Section and campus community identifies applicable legislation and remains up to date with legislative changes.
EHS training is a fundamental requirement for any workplace to achieve a safe workplace. The training at KU is categorized into three categories:
- Generic EHS Training - skills and knowledge which are commonly required, e.g. induction training, EHS risk management training, evacuation procedures
- Risk Specific EHS Training – training required for those persons conducting activities with a specific risk to the environment, health and safety or a verification activity, e.g. first aid training, biosafety, radiation safety training, hazardous substances training
- Task Specific EHS Training - skills which are required depending on the specific hazards and risk, e.g. local process, operating equipment & plant.
As a new staff member at KU you must be inducted in EHS procedures and policies. Your supervisor must go through the Induction Form - EHS with you to inform you of:
- Hazards in your work area
- Standards Operating Procedures for your area
- General HS Procedures
- EHS Training Courses
- Emergency Procedures
- Lab Safety
- After Hours Access Procedures for your area
- Communication and Consultation Procedure
Induction HS Training Individual Plan
In addition if you are working in a laboratory you must complete the Laboratory induction form.
In addition if you are working in a laboratory you must complete the HS049 Laboratory induction form.
The University recognizes that communication and dissemination of information relating to EHS is an importantpart of the strategy to eliminate and prevent occupational injury and illnesses. Employees require accurate environment, health and safety information to perform their work safely, and should be informed about EHS activities and issues.
The transfer of EHS information is important to:
- Alert others of incidents and associated corrective actions that may arise
- Provide new or updated EHS legislation or associated requirements
- Provide details of changes to the workplace, the system or method of work, the plant or chemicals used.
The Emergency Management Plan (EMP) is the overarching framework for planning and managing emergencies at the Khalifa University. Campus Emergency Response Procedures and Local Emergency Response procedures sit inside of the EMP framework.
Emergency Management Booklet
KU Building Warden Guidelines
KU Building Warden Contact List
Standard Fire Orders (R.A.C.E Poster)
If you require evacuation signs in your area, you can order them from EHS Section.
Fire Extinguisher selection and use
Emergency Evacuation Route
These procedures outline the process for creating environment, health and safety documentation for the University both at a central and local level.
Documentation is critical for the success of any organisation’s environment, health and safety management system (EHSMS). It allows for consistency and uniformity in the application of procedures and specifications for health and safety in the workplace.
These procedures outline the process for record and data keeping requirements for records produced by the University’s EHS Management System.
This includes the processes for the identification, collection, indexing, filing, maintenance, storage and disposal of EHS records produced by the University’s EHSMS. Such records provide evidence of implementation of the University EHS management system as well as being a legislative requirement.
The review of EHS performance is a means for the University to ensure the EHS management system is effective in meeting the objectives stated in the EHS Policy. The analysis and review of EHS information is crucial in the identification of adverse environment, health and safety trends and allows for continuous improvement of the EHS management system and the University’s EHS performance.
These Procedures outline the processes and information required to ensure that the University objectively monitors and reviews EHS performance and implements corrective action to rectify adverse environment, health and safety trends.
This procedure describes the auditing processes used to verify the implementation of the University’s Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) within University faculties and divisions. EHS audits include verifying:
- The level of compliance with planned arrangements, for example as stated in EHS documentation;
- Whether the EHSMS has been properly implemented and maintained;
- The level of implementation is effective.