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 EHS Policy


  1. EHS KFUPM policy is to ensure the highest standards of Environment, Health and Safety for its faculty members, staff, students, and visitors. In doing so, it will comply fully with all EHS and welfare legislation and associated approved codes of practice nationally and internationally. It will apply the principles set out in the best practice code of conduct for the University EHS.
  2. KFUPM is committed to the following EHS elements:

a)    Leadership and Accountability

  • Creating a holistic understanding in the KFUPM Community about the significant role EHS plays in their work environment.
  • Enhancing the EHS respect in the KFUPM to implement recommendations and to achieve the objectives.
  • Encouraging senior management of the university to set high standards of EHS examples so that all the employees, students and visitors of the University will accept good EHS practices as normal.
  • Developing the EHS management system in order to reduce the risks of injuries and minimize potential losses and liabilities.

b)    Community Awareness

  • Developing and maintaining a positive and proactive EHS culture by raising awareness about Environment, Health, and Safety.
  • Establishing and maintaining safe working procedures for faculty members, staff, and students, and encouraging EHS as an integral part of behavior by all within the University's environment.

c)    Safe Operations

  • Ensure all work practices on campus are safe and without risks to human health (faculty members, staff, and students).
  • Inspections:
  • Ensure inspections to identify hazards and set recommendations to rectify the hazards. Conduct audit of departments in the response of inspections conducted by them.
  • Ensure follow-up to rectify issues by implementing the recommendations.
  • Trainings:
  • Ensure that there are EHS orientations for all new students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ensure that the faculty members, staff, students, and others who work at the University are provided with needed information, training and supervision to enable them making their work environment safe.
  • To ensure that all who work at the University understand the impact of their work and behavior on EHS.
  • EHS meetings: Timely review meetings with EHS team and departments will be conducted to ensure the University is achieving EHS objectives.

d)    Responsibilities of Management

  • College Deans, Department Chairmen and Directors will be responsible to ensure implementation of EHS programs related to academic and services department.
  • EHS will ensure follow-up of all the EHS issues rectification in coordination with the Deans of Colleges and Department's Chairmen of academic department and with the Directors of services department.
  • EHS will prepare an inspection schedule for the academic and service department inspections by their own teams and set a target date to receive inspection reports.
  • EHS will review the inspection reports sent by departments and set a target date to rectify the issues.
  • If the feedback is delayed by the department, EHS will send reminders after one week and two weeks of the target date.
  • EHS will report to higher administration at KFUPM if the feedback is not received after reminders.
  • EHS will close the loops for the departments with all the issues rectified.

e)    Contractors, Suppliers, and Other Worker Requirements

  • Cooperating in EHS matters with other contractors and chartered offices located on University premises.
  • Ensure project sites inspections to build safe work cultures for sub-contractors employees and follow-up to implement recommendations.

f)     Hazard / Risk Assessment

Identify hazards covering all laboratories and academic buildings, and assessing risks within the university campus and set recommendations to eliminate or minimize it.

g)    Accident / Incident Investigation

Conduct root-cause-analysis of all accidents and incidents within the University campus to find the cause of accidents and to provide proper guidelines to avoid any future catastrophe.

h)    Emergency Response

  • Ensuring laboratories, academic and service buildings, and auditoriums are fully equipped with emergency action plans.
  • Establishing an emergency evacuation plan and procedure.
  • Conduct emergency evacuation drills of all the buildings for the practice of fire wardens, service department's response teams, and building occupants.

i)     Sustainable Development

Develop and implement programs to ensure better management of all the KFUPM resources.

j)     Environmental Compliance and Green University

  • Ensure the healthy working environment by assessing regularly the current environment conditions and implement recommendations.
  • Develop and implement programs to make the university green.
  • Develop and implement programs for waste disposal and recycling etc.

k)    Health and Hygiene Compliance

  • Enhance coordination with departments to ensure health and fitness awareness programs
  • Ensure the good hygiene condition of all the food facilities at the University.
  • Ensure walk-in health screening programs, food and nutrition programs and other health programs with KFUPM Medical Center.​

l)     Continuous Improvement

The EHS is committed to continuous improvement and EHS guidelines, safety procedures and good practices are available on the EHS Department website, representing the performance standards that must be followed. These guidelines are reviewed regularly by the EHS Department and updated in the light of new legislations and developments with best practices.​