Roles at School/ Service level
Health and Safety Coordinators
Health and Safety Coordinators are appointed and managed at a school/ service level, they offer health and safety assistance to support local staff with the day-to-day implementation of health and safety. Responsibilities are defined locally in addition to those accrued via other roles (e.g. member of staff or line manager), and may include:
- support the Health and Safety team to assist local staff to implement Health And Safety Protocols
- support line managers and the Health and Safety team to help keep staff (and students) informed of current requirements and new developments
- help disseminate information, take part in inspections and monitoring, support inductions, help with risk assessments, encourage and, where possible, monitor staff uptake of training
- be a key contact for reporting accidents and incidents, and inform the Health and Safety team about any serious incidents as soon as possible
- help the Health and Safety team put control measures and risk assessments into practice locally
- be a point of contact for local queries providing a two-way channel to escalate any issues and share information between people in the local area and the Health and Safety team
- encourage colleagues to take part in consultations to make sure that Health And Safety Protocols meet people’s needs.
Radiation Safety Coordinator
The Radiation Safety Coordinator (RSC) is appointed at a faculty, school or institute level (by the Executive Dean or Head of School/ Institute). Appointments are ratified by the Radiation Protection Manager.
The RSC’s role is detailed in the Health and Safety Protocol Management of Sources of Ionising Radiation. Responsibilities are defined in addition to those accrued via other roles (e.g. member of staff or line manager) and include:
- supervise radiation work and manage radiation safety in their area
- check and approve user applications
- supervise local induction training and update training records
- approve acquisitions of radioactive materials
- provide assistance and support to Radiation Protection Supervisors and radiation users
- supervise waste management arrangements
- manage the issue and return of radiation dose meters
- assist with the preparation of suitable local rules and advise on their enforcement
- monitor compliance with local rules
- carry out periodic workplace monitoring surveys and inspections
- implement contingency / emergency actions when necessary
- liaise with and report on operational matters to the Radiation Protection Manager.
Radiation Protection Supervisors
The Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) is appointed at a research group level (by the Head of School/Institute). They are typically the group leader, research supervisor or line manager, however this may vary depending on the amount and type of radiation work being undertaken in the School. Appointments are ratified by the Radiation Protection Manager.
The role of the RPS is to ensure that the arrangements for managing radiation protection are in place for their group and local rules are followed by radiation users.
The RPS’s role is detailed in the Health and Safety Protocol Management of Sources of Ionising Radiation. Responsibilities are defined in addition to those accrued via other roles (e.g. member of staff or line manager).
Laser Safety Officers
The Laser Safety Officer (LSO) is appointed at a faculty, school or institute level (by the Executive Dean or Head of School). Appointments are ratified by the University Laser Safety Manager.
The role of the LSO is to supervise laser work and manage laser safety in their area; and to liaise with the University Laser Safety Manager on laser safety issues. The LSO’s role is detailed in the Health and Safety Protocol Management of Class 3B and 4 Lasers. Responsibilities are defined in addition to those accrued via other roles (e.g. as a member of staff or line manager) and include:
- ensure risk assessments have been completed, advise on control measures and approve completed assessments
- ensure laser users register for laser work and receive induction and supervision
- ensure that laser users complete all training requirements and training records are kept
- approve acquisitions of 3B or 4 lasers and maintain records of laser equipment
- provide advice on any new facilities or any modifications of existing facilities for work with lasers
- authorise areas (with the LSM) where 3B or 4 lasers are used and keep an up-to-date list
- assist with the preparation of operating procedures
- ensure robust justification and procedures are completed for all work with open laser beams and that control measures are in place
- carry out periodic inspections of laser areas and systems and monitor compliance with standards, guidance, risk assessments and control measures
- liaise with and consult the Laser Safety Manager regarding laser safety issues.
Other key locally appointed roles (e.g. Fire Wardens and First Aiders etc.) are identified and detailed in Health and Safety Protocols.