The Council responsibilities
For more about The Council see this University webpage.
The Council carries ultimate responsibility for the health and safety of everyone who could be harmed by University activities, both on and off University-occupied premises.
The Council must:
- be aware of the importance of health and safety, the risks faced by the University and its health and safety objectives
- ensure that the University has a written Statement of Policy on Health and Safety, along with effective arrangements (Health and Safety Protocols), risk control measures and resources to implement it
- approve the Health and Safety Policy in conjunction with the Vice-Chancellor
- ensure there is an effective mechanism to communicate and consult with staff on health and safety
- ensure that a University-level health and safety committee meets regularly in line with the Health and Safety Committee Protocol
- ensure facilities are provided for recognised Trade Unions to appoint safety representatives and enable them to discharge their responsibilities
- receive an annual report and regular performance updates from the University Health and Safety Committee, including Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), reviews, audits, opportunities for improvements etc
- be notified of any incidents carrying a significant risk to health and safety (Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations), any enforcement action taken against the University, and any response taken in relation to these
- ensure health and safety is considered when undertaking any major strategic decisions for the University which may impact on the health and safety of others.
To discharge these responsibilities, the Council is advised in particular by the Vice-Chancellor and the Director of Health and Safety Services.