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Health & Safety

As Health Science students you learn and work in hospitals, community health centres, clinics, schools, NGOs and the areas where communities of people reside.

You will inevitably be exposed to situations that could affect your safety and your health.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to partnering with you to safeguard your health and safety. Please follow the guidelines contained in this Handbook, refer as necessary to the Don’t Panic Handbook (available electronically in the Vula FYE website if you have lost your copy), and always use your discretion and common sense. In the event that something does go wrong, the Faculty and the University will provide support.

Health and Safety Handbook 2017

for Health Sciences students working and learning at sites off-campus

View the Handbook Page
The Basics of Keeping Safe 1
Staying Healthy 3
Student Immunisation 4
What to do if you are exposed to blood or other body fluids 6
Policy on tuberculosis for UG Health Sciences students 20
UCT benefit scheme for students 23

If things go wrong

  • Faced with a potentially dangerous situation
  • Faced with a potentially violent person
  • If involved in a motor vehicle collision
  • Are threatened, mugged or assaulted
  • If you lose your possessions or have them stolen
Support 34
Support following an incident 34
Discrimination & Harassment Office ( DISCHO ) 36
Policy on student sexual & physical harassment by patients 41
Student Development & Support (SDS) 53
Student Wellness Service (SWS) 57
UCT Ombud 59
Professional Standards Committee (PSC) 59
Site coordinators & facilitators 61
Important contacts in Faculty and NGOs 64
Other Important Telephone Numbers 67
How to stay safe online 68