Health and Safety

Points of Contact

The Departmental Safety Officer / Head of Department is responsible for arranging replacements / medium to long term cover.

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Specific responsibilities over and above general point of contact role:

Departmental Safety Officer Mrs Dianne Webster
  • Manage the Health and Safety of EEE
    (including all the inductions of new appointees)
  • Report to the Health and Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Chair of Departmental Safety Committee Prof Geraint Jewell
  • To oversee regular Health & Safety Committee meetings

Secretary to Departmental Safety Committee

Mr Luke Marsden
  • Maintain a systematic schedule of up-coming Health & Safety Committee meetings (at least 12 months in advance)
  • Ensure that the agenda is sufficient to cover all areas of Health & Safety
  • Co-ordinate & compile reports from all those with a Health & Safety responsibility in EEE and circulate prior to meetings
  • Arrange for final minutes to be distributed to Safety Services and arrange for documents to be put on the Departmental website
COSHH Administrator Mrs Dianne Webster
Mr Lee Shunburne
Mr Luke Marsden
  • Ensure that Staff/Postgraduate students are aware that COSHH assessments must be in place before any experimental working involving chemicals is performed.
  • COSHH assessments to be approved by a competent person via Departmental Safety Officer
  • Develop a database of COSHH Assessments
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Cryogenic Gases/Liquids Mr Richard Frith
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation of Cryogenic Gases/Liquids
  • Be custodian and responsible for the up-keep of a Departmental inventory of cryogenic gases/liquids
  • Principal point of contact and ultimate Departmental sign-off of any new cryogenic installations in the Department
  • Ensure that appropriate training is arranged for staff involved  &
    maintain a training register
  • Ensure that appropriate generic COSHH and Risk Assessments are in place
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Disability Liaison Officer Mr Neil Powell
Mr Luke Marsden
  • Liaise with Student Disability Services to provide support to registered students
  • Liaise with Academic Supervisors to provide appropriate support
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Display Screen Equipment Assessor Mrs Dianne Webster
Mr Fahmi Mohammad
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of Display Screen Equipment  legislation and guidance
  • Ensure that staff/PG's are aware of their responsibility to undertake on-line Display Screen Equipment Training
  • Once staff have returned their training certificates, act on issues highlighted during the training
  • Monitor & Maintain training records
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Electricity at Work

Mr Andy Race
Mr Ian Wraith

  • Maintain up to date knowledge of Electricity at Work legislation and guidance
  • Ensure all in house constructed equipment complies with guidance
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
First Aid Box maintenance TBC
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of First Aid legislation and guidance provided by the Univerity
  • Check and maintain box contents (including eye wash) on a monthly basis
  • Order and replace stock as required
Gases Mr Paul Haines
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation on gas use
  • Be custodian and responsible for the up-keep of a Departmental inventory of gases
  • Principal point of contact and ultimate Departmental sign-off of any new gas installations in the Department
  • Arrange an undertake a rolling inspection of gas installations and report to Health & Safety Committee (timescale to be agreed with Departmental Safety Officer)
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Laboratory Safety Inspection Visits Mrs Dianne Webster
  • Maintain a systematic schedule of up coming safety inspections (at least 12 months in advance)
  • Coordinate pool of assessors to ensure visits
  • Take the lead on writing and submitting reports to Health & Safety Committee
  • Liaise with SCS to ensure correct reports are listed as agenda items
  • Report back to Health & Safety Committee on outcomes of recommendations made
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Laser Safety Officer

Dr Rick Smith

  • Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation on laser use
  • Be custodian and responsible for the up-keep of a Departmental inventory of lasers
  • Advise and sign off of new laser installations
  • Arrange and undertake a rolling inspection of laser installations and report to Health & Safety Committee (periodicity to be agreed with Departmental Safety Officer)
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Lifting Equipment

Mr Karl Rotchell
Mrs Dianne Webster

  • Maintain up to date knowledge of LOLER legislation
  • Be custodian and responsible for the up-keep of a Departmental inventory of lifting equipment
  • Arrange inspection with Allianz and report findings back to Health & Safety Committee (periodicity to be agreed with Departmental Safety Officer)
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Manual Handling Mrs Dianne Webster
  • Arrange training for any staff involved in manual handling events greater than 5Kg
  • Departmental Safety Officer to ensure that Staff comply with on-line Manual Handling Training required by the department
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Office Safety Inspection Visits Mrs Dianne Webster
  • Set up a program of office inspections (annually)
  • Develop a suitable checklist to include general environment, Display Screen Equipment, Welfare facilities, Portable Appliance Testing, general housekeeping etc
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Personal Protective Equipment Mr Stephen Dorward
Mrs Dianne Webster
  • Undertake regular spot check inspections of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Remove from use any inappropriate or damaged Personal Protective Equipment
  • Personal Protective Equipment to be made available to all users in all locations as highlighted in the Risk Assessments
  • Set an annual budget for Personal Protective Equipment in time for annual planning cycle
  • Ensure signage for Personal Protective Equipment is consistent across Department
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Pressure Systems Mr Paul Haines
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation on pressure systems
  • Be custodian and responsible for the up-keep of a Departmental inventory of pressure
  • Principal point of contact and ultimate Departmental sign-off of any new pressure installations in the Department
  • Arrange and undertake a rolling inspection of pressure installations and report to Health & Safety Committee (periodicity to be agreed with Departmental Safety Officer)
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Radiation Protection Supervisor Dr Jon Rigelsford
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation & guidance
  • Principal point of contact and ultimate Departmental sign-off of any radiation installations in the Department
  • Ensure that appropriate training is arranged for staff involved  &
    maintain a training register
  • Ensure that appropriate generic COSHH and Risk Assessments are in place
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Risk Assessment Co-ordinator Mrs Dianne Webster
  • Ensure that employees/supervisors are aware of their legal obligations regarding completion of suitable Risk Assessments
  • Carry out spot check to ensure that Risk Assessments are "suitable and sufficient" and precautions are reasonable, and remaining risks are low
  • Develop a central repository for all Departmental Risk Assessments to be stored electronically until the new on-line system is made live in September 2014
Safety Reps

Mr Andy Race (EMD)
Mr Paul Haines (SMD)
Mr Steve Marsden (Comms)
Mr Ian Wraith (Electronics Workshop)
Mr Karl Rotchell (Mechanical Workshop)
Mr Lee Shunburne (Clean Room area)
Mark Wagner (Faculty)

  • Safety Rep to be responsible for their areas and act as a principal point of contact
  • To liaise with Laboratory Safety Inspection Visit co-ordinator on scheduled safety inspections
  • To ensure that any remedial actions from the inspections are implemented within the given timescale, and confirmed with Laboratory Safety Inspection Visits co-ordinator
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Student reps UG/MSc/PG Reports via Student-Staff committee
  • To report issues regarding Health & Safety to Departmental Health & Safety Committee in writing (if non urgent)
  • Urgent issues to be reported immediately to Departmental Safety Officer or to the Chair/Secretary of Safety Committee
  • Report non urgent issues via Student/Staff Committee
Work Equipment Regulations Mr Lee Shunburne
Mrs Dianne Webster
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation on Work Equipment
  • Principal points of contact in the Department
  • Ensure that appropriate training is arranged for staff involved  &
    maintain a training register
  • Ensure that appropriate COSHH and Risk Assessments are in place
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Work Place Health, Safety and Welfare Dr Kevin Jackson
Mrs Dianne Webster
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation on Work Place Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Principal points of contact in the Department
  • Ensure that any new accommodation complies with regulations
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
X-ray Radiation Safety Supervisor Professor  Mark Hopkinson
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation on X-ray Radiation
  • Principal point of contact and ultimate Departmental sign-off of any X-Ray installations in the Department
  • Ensure that appropriate training is arranged for staff involved  &
    maintain a training register
  • Ensure that appropriate COSHH and Risk Assessments are in place
  • Report to Health & Safety Committee (standing item on agenda)
Fork Truck Supervisor Mr Paul Haines  
Work at Height Mr Jon Wall