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’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)
SB7/04, 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: -
- Display screen equipment;
- Work-related stress; and
- Health Surveillance
Further information is available from the department's website.