Your lungs are filled with smoke and your eyes are watering. Through the dense clouds of smoke, you can hardly see your colleagues in front of you while evacuating the burning building.


The above scenario is an example of an emergency that can happen to us at any time. In such cases, the safety of all NWU students, staff and other stakeholders is a priority.


According to acting safety manager Phakama Heshu, the Occupational Health and Safety Policy clearly states the importance of educating and training people on risk management and health and safety principles. This is necessary to promote the health and safety of employees, students and other stakeholders.


“The university is potentially exposed to different types of emergencies, and it is important to always be prepared and informed on how to act in these situations,” says Phakama.


The video on the right tells us what to do in case of a fire on campus.



Be prepared … Watch this video to make sure you know the emergency evacuation procedure if there is a fire in your building.

Ready if calamity strikes

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