Health and Safety
University's health and safety strategy 2014/2018
Please use this link to access the university's current health and safety strategy.
Carrying a foreword from the Vice-Chancellor the strategy consists of: -
- The overall mission for health and safety for the university;
- The key aims for delivery over the strategy's period;
- Enablers to secure delivery of these aims individually or collectively;
- Areas against which successful delivery of the strategy can measured; and
- The relevant enablers of the university's overall strategy to which delivery of the health and safety strategy will contribute.
Appended to the stratagy are year-by-year health and safety challenges to, and opportunities for, the university.
Office of Health and Safety
Mission and vision
To be a Supportive, Approachable, Flexible and Enabling advisory service.
To be recognised as an authoritative and competent advisory service which supports a practical and flexible approach to integrated risk management and fosters a culture of personal responsibility throughout the university.
Roles within the university
- To promote health, safety and wellbeing awareness and good practice across the university's community.
- To advise the Vice-Chancellor and University Council on the implementation of the university’s health and safety policy document.
- Provide a specialist advisory service on matters of safety, health and wellbeing as they relate to the univeristy's activities, facilities etc.
Areas of activity
- Develop and maintain the university's health and safety policy document and the specific policies, guidance notes etc. that support its delivery.
- Develop, deliver and assist in sourcing health and safety training and awareness
- Maintain incident records, monitoring trends, reporting statistics, reviewing local follow up investigations and carrying out independent investigations where warranted.
- Advise on safety and fire precautions in the design and use of buildings, plant and equipment.
- Carry out audits of health and safety risk management arrangements within individual academic schools and support services.
- Liaison with key external organisations (e.g. Health and Safety Executive, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Police; Kirklees Metropolitan Council)
SB8/05, Schwann Building
The university's Occupational Health Department (OHD) is a separate function to the Office of Health and Safety, and resides within the Human Resources Group: -
Areas of the university's health and safety policy document OHD takes central lead on are: -
- First aid;
- Display screen equipment;
- Work-related stress; and
- Health Surveillance
Further information is available from the department's website.