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OBUHSN-01 Issue 10 March 2015
Oxford Brookes University will act positively to minimise the incidence of all workplace risks as required by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and other associated legislation. All activities shall be carried out with the highest regard for the health and safety of all staff, students, visitors and the public at large. Our aim is excellence in health and safety, by means of continuous improvement of standards, systematically removing the causes of accidents/incidents and ill-health. This, together with more specific aims and objectives, demonstrates Oxford Brookes University's commitment to the Health Promoting University initiative. Wherever possible, legal requirements should be regarded as the minimum standard to be achieved.
The Board of Governors and Senior Management Team are committed to providing the financial and physical resources necessary to ensure that a high standard of health and safety is achieved. Within their areas of responsibility Deans of Faculties and Directors of Directorates will make provision from within their budgets for adequate resources to maintain and improve a healthy and safe working environment. People are our most valuable resource, and the safeguarding of human as well as other resources through health and safety is important, not only for its own sake, but also as a way of minimising costs.
The successful implementation of this policy requires total commitment from all members of staff, students and visitors.
This policy will be reviewed annually or in the light of legislative or organisational changes.
The Board of Governors and the Vice-Chancellor have overall responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of all the University’s employees, students and visitors. The authority to implement this policy is delegated to the Deputy Vice-Chancellors and through them to the Deans of Faculties and Directors of Directorates. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Registrar supervises the implementation of this policy.
The University will take all reasonably practicable steps to provide places of work that are safe and healthy and meet the health, safety and welfare needs of each member of staff.
The Health, Safety and Welfare Committee is established in accordance with the provisions of Section 2(7) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It reports to the Vice-Chancellor and the Board of Governors and it is scheduled to meet at least twice per semester. Its statutory duties include advising on setting health, safety and welfare standards and objectives, the monitoring of health and safety performance, and reporting non-compliance with the University's Health and Safety Policy.
Risk assessment is a key element in the process of successful health & safety management. It requires line managers to be proactive, identify risks and, more importantly, do something to reduce them. Risk assessments can identify weakness and, when acted upon, lead to a safer, healthier and more productive work force.
Procedures will be implemented to ensure that all plant, machinery and equipment are designed, constructed, operated and maintained in a safe manner.