Lead Health and Safety Contacts for Colleges

An outline of the duties of each College Lead Health and Safety Contact in the Safety Services Office

After reviewing our existing service, I wish to enhance our working relationships with the Colleges. I contacted each college nominating a member of my team to act as their ‘lead contact’ akin to a business partnering role.

College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology Chris Bruce Ext.2020
College of Science and Engineering John Scott Ext.2652
College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Matthew Taylor Ext.229 7770

The role will seek to offer strategic, management and operational advice and support with regards to health and safety risk in 5 key areas:

  • Demonstrating Health and Safety Leadership – strong, active commitment, communication systems and management structures, integrating health and safety with business decisions, accessing (and following) competent advice.
  • Engaging the ‘workforce’ – information, instruction, consultation [staff, students, Unions], ensuring safe and healthy workplaces (on and off campus activities) – identifying and managing health and safety risks – work equipment, hazardous substances, tasks/activities (including travel, placement, fieldwork) and safe systems of work and emergency procedures.
  • Building competence – skills, knowledge, attitude [safety culture], training and experience.
  • Delivering assurance - monitoring, reporting and reviewing compliance and performance.

It is entirely foreseeable that due to the specialist nature of some topics/enquiries (e.g. fire or radiation) or staff absences that other Safety Services colleagues may become involved however we will still endeavour to provide a continuity of service through the lead contact.

Michael Haynes-Coote
Director of Safety Services

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