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Health and Safety

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‚Äôs 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)


SB7/04, Schwann Building

Occupational health

The university's Occupational Health (OH) department is a separate function to the Office of Health and Safety, and resides within the Human Resources (HR) Group.

Areas of the university's health and safety policy document OH takes central lead on are: -

  • Mental health and wellbeing of staff;
  • Display screen equipment;
  • Work-related stress; and
  • Health Surveillance

Further information is available from the HR website.

The awards winner 2012, 13, 14, 15
University of the year 2013
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Athena Swan Bronze Award

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