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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 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: -

  • Display screen equipment;
  • Work-related stress; and
  • Health Surveillance

Further information is available from the department's 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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