Managing Compliance, Health & Safety

EAU has the responsibility to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its students. The University considers that training facility should meet or exceed the suitable health and safety measures to ensure students and staff. Elements which are part of the university building if not maintained may endanger the environment and can create a significant incident in relation to student or staff safety.

1. Managing compliance

An important concern emphasised by educators is that there must be in place an effective health, safety and risk management compliance system. The University is committed to provide services which guaranteeing health and safety.

The University shall relate all aspects of the university sites that involves electricity, fire-alarm systems, gas, mechanical, and plumbing, as well as aspects of the construction that are established to be dangerous subsequent to the construction.

The University is responsible to oversee compliance and make maintenance periodical checks.

Fire alarms are tested to be maintained as well as fire extinguishers.

Similarly, the University ensures lavatories, kitchen, classrooms, extract fans, halls, and other utilities to be maintained properly.

1.1 Lighting

Lighting should be made available to students and staff to work and move safely.

1.2 Cleanliness and waste materials

Every workplace and the furniture should be kept clean. Cleansing and the removal of waste should be packed out as necessary by an efficient method.

1.3 Fire Safety Risk Assessment and Action Needed

A fire safety hazard assessment is a planned and systematic analysis of the premisses, the actions within the premises, the potentiality for a fire to happen and the harm it may cause to the people in and about the premises. The existing fire safety measures are evaluated and kept under inspection to establish whether they are satisfactory. While fire safety risk assessment is a risk that can determine the occurrence of fire, risk is the possibility of a fire to occur and may trigger an event that can result in death or harm.

1.4 The purposes of a fire safety risk assessment are:

a. To classify hazards and to downgrade the risk of those chances which may initiate harm to as low as is possible;
b. To regulate fire safety measures to ensure the safety of people in the building, should a fire occur.

1.5 There are five steps in the assessment process

Step 1: Identify fire hazards

Identify fire hazards step engages understanding the possibility of ignition sources, the materials that can protrude a fire and the product, such as oxygen, which will help it trigger ignite.

Step 2: Identify people at risk

An assessment should be made by assessing those people which are at risk of fire. This involves identifying the number of people working (or living) on the premises and others who frequently use the premises such as visitors, customers or contractors. Those with disability or children, which may need help must also be looked at.

Step 3: Assess the risk and resolve fire safety standards

The premises should be decisively examined and classify the potentiality of accidents and, any acts which might start fire. A case that there might also be a deliberate ignition could be considered.

In evaluating the danger to people thought should be given to how and where the fire may spread and how this may affect escape routes. Fire safety law requires that the following principles must be taken when implementing fire safety standards:

a. Avoiding unnecessary risks; b. Evaluating risks which cannot be averted; c. Combating at source; d. Having a comprehensive fire prevention policy which creates health and safety policy for the institute; e. Giving shared fire safety protective measures training to people; and, f. Giving suitable training to employees.

1.6 Fire Drill

A fire drill is part of the EAU emergency policy. Fire drills must be held periodically in all EAU buildings (including the Branches).

Fire drills are method of practicing how a building would be evacuated in the event of a fire or other emergency.

During fire drills, the building’s existing fire alarm system must be activated so the building can be evacuated. To ensure safety, a measurement of how long does it take to evacuate a building musty be counted. The exercise will help improve how long does it take to evacuate a building in case of fire.

Fire drills are meant to guarantee safety by means of training in case of fire:

a. People can be evacuated in an orderly manner b. People who are responsible to deal with fire make sure to fulfil their responsibilities c. Escape routes are predetermined and ensure they are known d. Evacuation of the building can be attained in a reasonable order and time e. People with needs such disable people, children must be given special care to evacuate the buildings f. Fire evacuation drills should be held periodically

1.7 Availability of First Aid

The staff must ensure that there are appropriate first-aid arrangements in the workplace. In doing so the staff should consider the circumstances of the workplace, the staff and students must be made safe.

First Aid boxes must be put in some specific area where people can access in case of need. There should also be people with first aid training who can help the student and the staff in case of first aid needs.

All the staff and students must be provided with information about the details of the first-aid arrangements

First type should be connected with the type of building and circumstance.

Some of the thoughts needed to be considered are the circumstances in the workplace:

a. The type of the buildings, b. The type of people in the building, for example, students c. The hazards and risks it may occur

Last modified: December 2016.