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Management System for H&S

The key elements of successful health and safety management set out in this summary are based on the sector publication "leadership and management of health and safety in higher education institutions".

The whole premise of the University’s health and safety management system and policies is of sensible health and safety.

Sensible risk management is concerned with:

  • Enabling innovation and learning and not stifling them;
  • Ensuring that workers and the public are properly protected;
  • Providing overall benefit to society by balancing benefits and risks, with a focus on reducing real risks - both those which arise more often and those with serious consequences;
  • Ensuring that those who create risks manage them responsibly and understand that failure to manage real risks responsibly is likely to lead to robust action;
  • Enabling individuals to understand that as well as the right to protection, they also have to exercise responsibility.

The University's Health and Safety Policy embeds the principle of “Plan – Do – Check – Act” and describes, in some detail, the role of each level at the University; including the Council, the Vice-Chancellor and the Executive, Deans and Heads, Supervisors and Lecturers, and Staff and Students.

Each level and each individual at the University can play a critical part in the successful operation and adoption of sensible health and safety management, one which enables activities to be undertaken safely.