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The Health & Safety office offers general advice, guidance and support to all University staff, students and visitors.

Anyone with a Health and Safety problem connected with their work should discuss it with their immediate line manager in the first instance.

Advice will also be available from your Faculty/Service Health and Safety Co-ordinator. Where matters cannot be resolved locally, or you need further advice, please contact the University Health and Safety Office. You can also email, phone the office or call in for a chat.

The Health & Safety Officer is available to give advice which is both independent and impartial.

The Health & Safety Officer's functions include:

  • Developing health and safety policies, procedures and management arrangements to assist the University in meeting its statutory obligations;
  • Facilitating health & safety training and inductions;
  • Carrying out health & safety inspections;
  • Reporting to the University Health and Safety Committee, Senior Management Board and other committees as required;
  • Recording, analysing and investigating any more serious incidents, providing advice on remedial actions, and analysis of incident statistics in order to advise on preventative intervention strategies;
  • Liaising with external regulatory bodies for example the Health and Safety Executive (HSE);
  • Advising on relevant legislation and providing advice on matters of general health & safety.
  • Complete annual Fire Risk Assessments - Action and follow up. Review the fire risk assessment if there are any material, incident or procedural changes to a building or its systems.
  • Provide staff, student, contractor or visitor fire training and advice when needed and liaise with internal and external contacts.
  • Undertake audits and inspections and report findings into the Health and Safety Sub Committee.
  • Undertake evacuation drills and record findings and communicate these back to the occupants.
  • Investigate fire / fire alarm incidents and provide advice and best practices.
  • Work on projects fire safety from design to handover.
  • Make sure fire safety equipment is properly tested and serviced.
  • Develop policies, strategies and procedures.