Occupational Health and Safety Department

The Nyeri National Polytechnic recognizes the department of Occupational Health and safety as vital to development of training within the institute. Historically, health, safety and welfare of employees are issues that have been the subject of public debate. In the recent years, many workers have suffered accidents and occupational diseases causing at least three days absence from work. This represents an enormous waste of human resource; cost of accidents and work related illnesses has also been enormous.

In an effort to improve coordination in sensitization, development and provision of safety and health packages and efficient use of limited resources, the department of Occupational, Health and Safety was established  in 2007.The role of the department is to  ensure compliance with all occupational/environmental statutory and regulatory requirements through partnerships and linkages with Statutory & Regulatory Organizations, researchers, departments and staff.

Mandate

Occupational health and safety (OHS) Department in Nyeri National Polytechnic is mandated to ensure that environmental, safety and healthy issues of the Polytechnic are dealt with as per the statutory requirements. The activities of the department are compartmentalized as follows:-

  • Occupational & Environmental Health and Safety Training
  • Fire Safety Training
  • Environmental Management
  • General Aesthetics

Environmental/Occupational Safety and Health Policy

The Nyeri National Polytechnic recognises its duty to ensure clean, safe, healthy and beautiful environment for its employees, students, contractors and visitors. In meeting this duty, the institute will comply with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 2007, Works’ Injury and Benefits Act 2007, Environmental Management and Coordination Act, 1999 and the Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit Regulations 2003 and any other legislation and supporting documents that apply to its operations.

It is our policy:

  1. to establish, provide and maintain safe workplace and systems of work, so far as is practicable, that our customers are not exposed to hazards.
  2. to ensure that all employees and students are provided with information, instruction, training and supervision appropriate to the scope of work being undertaken.
  3. to consult with employees and trainees on any issues that may affect their safety and health at workplace.
  4. to continuously review safety management systems in order to meet or exceed best practice.

All Heads of Departments, Heads of Sections and Supervisors are responsible to ensure, within their respective level of control, the safety and health of employees, students, contractors and visitors to the workplace.

All our customers are required to take all reasonable care to ensure their own safety and that of other persons.  They are also required to comply with all instructions and directions established to provide a safe and healthy workplace.