About Us - Health and Safety team
Who are we?
Health and Safety is a central support service within Governance & Compliance, Corporate Services. Our work is primarily directed by the Health and Safety Task Group and the University Health and Safety Committee, through developments in legislative requirements, our increasing and changing expectations and by new and developing activities at the University.
Why do we exist?
Good health and safety management is essential within a large, complex organization such as the University. However, we know it is impossible for individual managers and supervisors to be conversant / aware of all relevant and developing legislation and practices due to the inordinate amount of health and safety legislation out there.
Therefore, the central Health and Safety services exists, to satisfy the legal requirement for a competent source of health and safety advice and promote good standards in all areas of health and safety by assisting Colleges, Schools and service departments to meet their own health and safety obligations and those expectations placed upon them.
What do we do?
Primarily the team keeps the University informed and up to date with applicable health and safety legislation, requirements, good practices and seeks to ensure suitable advice is provided across the Institution, with an aim of safeguarding the individual and ensuring the University remains compliant with legislation. Our advice is impartial and independent of any budgetary or political pressure; elements crucial to the success of the University's health and safety management system.
Health and Safety works to Strategies and Objectives that not only consider 'compliance' but promote and develop good practice in all areas of Health and Safety at Work. It also provides competent and authoritative health and safety advice, supports managers and staff, and prepares guidance to help Colleges and Departments comply with relevant legislation and good practice. We also undertake periodic audits and reviews of health and safety systems within individual Colleges and Departments, provide training, assistance and where necessary carry out incident and accident investigations and cases of work related ill health.
Finally, we liaise with HM inspectorates, eg the Health and Safety Executive and Environment Agency, and deal with investigating authorities and bodies on health and safety issues, incidents, accidents and complaints.
Is Health and Safety Services responsible for health and safety?
No, as we do not have managerial control of the
University or its Colleges and Professional Services. We are here to help with matters of health and safety, to support you.
The law makes is clear that individuals and organisations have collective and personal responsibility for health and safety and the University's Health and Safety Policy clarifies this by identifying responsibilities throughout the Institution.
Health and Safety acts as secretariat to the regional Health and Safety Group; which has over 50 local employers as members. Meetings are held throughout the year and the activity is seen as part of the University's commitment to support local business and promote health and safety beyond the confines of the University.
Health at work
Health support services at the University are now provided by Human Resources and its Occupational Health Practitioner. Assessing health impacts of work and on work is supported by the health and safety team, which takes the lead on most aspects of of risk management arising from work activities. Specific details on Health at Work and promoting good health are available on the 'Well-being' section of this website.