10.4 Occupational Health and Safety
10.4 Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Students will frequently have a dual status in terms of occupational health and safety law in that they will sometimes be employees (e.g. tutors or demonstrators) of the University as well as being graduates for most of the time spent on-campus. All students have a common law duty of care towards others. Employees of the University have a legal responsibility to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and for the health and safety of anyone else who may be affected by the employee’s acts or omissions. Hence it is particularly important that students are familiar with the emergency procedures in the building in which they work as they may find themselves in charge of a group of people or working alone at the time of an emergency.
Students may be required by their department to attend occupational health and safety courses on topics such as fire safety and, for laboratory workers, radiation safety and biosafety. Laboratory-based students may also be required to participate in exposure monitoring programs (e.g. radiation or noise) and immunisation programs (e.g. hepatitis B or Q fever).
Students should be aware that each area of the University is covered by a Zone OHS committee. University OHS policy requires that graduate students in laboratory faculties should be represented on these committees. Students can raise any OHS concerns they have with this representative, the safety officer for their department or their supervisor.
At the Malaysian campus, each School or Administrative Unit has an OHS Committee. The student body also has a representative at the campus-level OHSE Committee. Students are advised to contact their representatives at either of the committees, or the OHSE Unit, for more information and assistance. Details on Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (OHSE) at the Malaysian campus can be found here.