World Day for Health and Safety at Work

26 April 2022 | Dr Reno Morar, COO

Dear colleagues and students

World Day for Health and Safety at Work will be commemorated on 28 April 2022. The International Labour Organisation’s theme for 2022 is “Act together to build a positive health and safety culture”.

Reflecting on the past two years of managing the COVID-19 pandemic at the University of Cape Town (UCT), the importance of having a robust health and safety system in place in collaboration with staff, students, contractors and visitors cannot be overemphasised. The collaborative effort and social commitment of all our stakeholders has contributed to an improved health and safety culture at UCT. In commemorating World Day for Health and Safety at Work, we appeal to every member of the UCT community to continue with their efforts in contributing to a healthier and safer environment at work.

We encourage every member of the UCT community to watch a video as part of the health and safety induction and receive this special message from the Vice-Chancellor.

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Division within the Properties & Services Department as well as Staff Wellness will showcase various OHS emergency and safety services and processes on the plaza outside Sarah Baartman Hall on 28 April 2022 from 10:00 to 15:00. Invited OHS service providers will showcase their services, with safety demonstrations and awareness training.

Exhibitions will include:

  • Fire Safety - Simple techniques and equipment for home and work
  • Hazardous Chemicals - Response and containment of hazardous spills
  • First Aid - Basics to help you save a life
  • Ergonomics - Mind your posture
  • COVID-19 Awareness - 3V’s (vaccination, ventilation, vigilance)
  • ICAS showcase on staff health and wellness
  • Kaelo Clinic services

We urge you to participate in as many of the activities relevant to you from any of the above, which are put together to equip and empower members of the UCT community around the areas of health and safety in the workplace.

Dr Reno Morar
Chief Operating Officer

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