University Health & Safety Statement of Practice

In order to achieve legal compliance, the University will:

  • Convene a University Health and Safety Committee with equal membership taken from management and trade union safety representatives.
  • Recognise the status of the trade unions as representing all staff in health and safety issues through their nominated safety representatives.
  • Convene a Biological Safety Executive Committee to cover deliberate work with biological material with the objective of equal membership taken from management and trade union safety representatives.

The University also seeks to achieve best practice around health and safety consultation and so:
  • All faculties will convene a Faculty Health and Safety Committee with the objective of equal membership taken from management and trade union safety representatives.
  • All schools will convene a School Health and Safety Committee with the objective of equal membership taken from management and trade union safety representatives.
  • All services will convene a Service Health and Safety Committee with the objective of equal membership taken from management and trade union safety representatives.
  • Biological Safety Sub-Committees will be convened to cover local areas of work, with the objective of equal membership taken from management and trade union representatives.
  • A Health and Safety Sub-Committee will be convened with equal membership taken from management and trade union safety representatives.
  • One University Radiation Protection Committee for ionising radiation and one for non-ionising radiation will be convened. These will have the objective of equal membership taken from management and trade union representatives.

Legislation

The University recognises its legal duty to consult with staff and trade union representatives. Relevant legislation includes the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Trade Union Safety Representatives (Safety Representative & Safety Committees Regulations (SRSCR) 1977 and Health and Safety [Consultations with Staff] Regulations (HSCER) 1996. We also comply with the Genetically Modified Organism (Contained Use) Regulations 2000 and take a proactive approach to the imminent review of GMO/ Biological Agents Regulations in 2010.