Creating a safer working environment

48441 (2)Managing health and safety is essential in creating a safe working environment.

The Health and Safety Office is therefore pleased to announce that, following a full review of the University’s health and safety policy, the Governors and UEB have now approved the new Health and Safety Statement and Organisational section of the Policy.

The updated, streamlined and modernised documents can be found below and on the Health and Safety Office webpages.

The documentation is based on guidance from the University Safety and Health Association (USHA) and is intended, using a ‘bottom-up’ structure, to provide clear guidance for staff at all levels across the University with regard to health and safety responsibilities. It conforms to the latest USHA guidance for best practice for managing health and safety within Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), approved by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA). This is based upon the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ management standards; therefore in complying with the USHA guidance, the University as an employer will be well placed to ensure compliance with best practice and legal requirements for managing health and safety.

Further health and safety information, technical guidance notes and policies can be found in the Health and Safety A-Z.

Please take the time to have a look at these documents.  We anticipate that the new structure of the policy will greatly assist managers and others who are responsible for health and safety across the University.

The Health and Safety Office will liaise and communicate with departments to assist with the implementation of the organisational section of the policy.  It is also intended that the policy will be reinforced by a comprehensive management system which will document the standards and procedures required to ensure compliance.

If you have any queries please contact the Health and Safety Office on ext 3075 or hsservicedesk@port.ac.uk.

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