About us

Who we are 

The Health and Safety Services team consists of, the Director of Health and Safety, the Health and Safety Business Partners, the University Radiation Safety Officer and the Fire/Project/Training Business Partner, a team of qualified safety professionals with extensive health and safety experience and knowledge in fields including biological, chemical, fire and radiation safety.  

We ensure that we effectively liaise with other service areas within the University to provide the level of support that is correct for each school/department/function.

Our approach is very much hands-on and we provide our services at executive, managerial and operational levels. We seek to offer pragmatic risk-based solutions in accordance with the principle of sensible and proportional risk management.

What we do

The Health and Safety Services team, are part of the Estates and Digital Services. We offer:

  • Provision of expert advice and information on health and safety issues to University senior management, Heads of College, Heads of Department and other University staff
  • Monitoring of health and safety performance
  • Provision of health and safety training for managers and staff
  • Advice on health and statutory requirements and maintenance of records
  • Liaison with relevant enforcing authorities

With our Health and Safety Management Platform at the heart of everything we do, we provide assistance with the production of department/function specific health and safety policies, health and safety action plans, guidance and procedures.

  • Advice and guidance – to respond to enquiries and ensure compliance with legal requirements and University policy including technical advice or support
  • During major/refurbishment building work, the management of contractors and attendance at pre-start / project review meetings
  • Planning for off-site activities (e.g. travel, placement and fieldwork) and event safety radiation, biological, chemical, fire safety
  • Risk assessments - support on developing a range of risk assessments based on gap analysis and advice on the implementation of any necessary control measures
  • Collaboration with external agencies - liaison with HSE, the police, fire and rescue service, Environment Agency, Department of Transport, insurance services and any other interested parties in accident reduction initiatives, risk assessments, etc
  • Accident reporting, monitoring and investigation - immediate support in the event of an accident, incident or near miss and any subsequent investigations including:
    • Reporting all RIDDOR reportable accidents to the HSE on behalf of the University
  • Information, instruction and training
  • The provision of information/guidance on new legislation to help Departments/functions meet their responsibilities
  • Monitoring and audit - assistance with departmental inspections and audit of health and safety management systems on a rolling programme to support compliance with legislation
  • Consultation - with Heads/Directors and trade unions via the University health and safety committee
  • Emergency arrangements - assistance with the production of department/function specific local procedures and arrangements