As the legal employer, the University Council has ultimate responsibility for the health and safety of staff, students and other people affected by the University's activities. The University Council is advised in these matters by the University Health and Safety Committee.
The Council delegates managerial duties and responsibilities to senior managers of the University who, in turn, have a responsibility to ensure that these are carried out. The Vice-Chancellor, as the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the executive management of health and safety.
In giving responsibility for the management of resources etc. to senior staff, the University Council thereby also delegates a duty to consider the health and safety implications of any management decisions. In particular, the University Council requires those, in such senior positions, to oversee those areas and activities of the University that operate under their control and direction to satisfy themselves that due regard is paid to the requirements of the University Health and Safety Policy.
Health and safety performance shall be included within the University's Annual Report and the University Council shall receive a more detailed annual report on health and safety management and performance.
The Council is advised on health and safety matters by the University Health and Safety Committee which shall meet three times per year.