Health, Safety and Environment Monthly Message

The University has recently reviewed its Health and Safety Policy as part of a planned review process, which has been considered and approved by members of the University Council. The review efforts have sought to condense the Policy, whilst incorporating elements of the University Health and Safety Association (USHA) ‘Leadership and Management in Health & Safety in Higher Education Institutions’ document. This USHA document provides examples of industry specific best practice for effective health and safety management systems in higher education institutions.

The Policy identifies the key elements of the institution’s health and safety management system, and details the commitment of the University to maintaining and improving the health, safety and welfare of our staff, students and others who may be affected by our activities.

In respect of the Policy’s content, associated roles, responsibilities and practical expectations, changes from the previous version are minimal. Appendices have been added following the accepted Plan, Do, Check, Act Framework for key staff groups with particular responsibilities embedded within the Policy.

All colleagues should be aware and familiar with the general principles included within the Policy, as it applies to all members of staff and students. In particular, all individuals are expected to take reasonable care of their own health and safety, and of others who may be affected by their actions or inactions.

Should you have any comments or queries in respect of the revised Policy, please contact the Health, Safety and Environment Team at hasstaff@aber.ac.uk or on extension 2073.

The Policy is available in its entirety here: Health and Safety Policy (Review 2018)

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