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1 School of something FACULTY OF OTHER School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT Health and Safety in the School of Earth and Environment David Banks, Jerry Lee, Jane-Marie Stocks & Sarah Burdall (faculty H&S manager) Health & Safety Coordinators

2 Our commitment starts from the top School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT And cascades throughout the University to every level and in a variety of ways ●A safe place of work ●Safe plant and safe systems of work ●Procedures for ensuring safe handling and storage of chemicals/substances and articles. ●Adequate welfare facilities ●Information, instruction, training and supervision. Section 2 of the HASAWA places a duty on an employer to provide for its employees: BUT H&S is a team effort! “Health and safety is the University’s number one priority”

3 UNIVERSITY SAFETY POLICY ●clearly identifies who is responsible for H & S in each work area/ department. ●outlines procedures for consultation i.e. committees, how to raise safety issues etc. ●ensures staff are aware of hazards and their part in maintaining a safe and healthy working environment, this includes health surveillance where necessary particularly when working with hazardous materials ●gives a commitment to training and the provision of local inductions ●outlines procedures for accident reporting. ●Refers to safe working procedures and protocols and where these are located. The University has a safety policy as required by the HASAWA. It is not just a declaration of intent, it is also a description of the means by which the aims are to be achieved. The safety policy: School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT The UoL safety policy can be found at

4 SAFETY POLICY for Staff ●Observing all safety rules, procedures and instructions and relevant codes of practice. ●Making proper use of all work items, and equipment, provided. ●Not intentionally or recklessly interfering with or misusing anything provided in the interests of health and safety. ●Reporting to their immediate supervisor/line manager any observed defects or damage to property or equipment. ●Reporting to their immediate supervisor/line manager any hazards that come to their attention. ●Discussing any concerns over health and safety with their supervisor/line manager. ●Referring any important issues to the Health and Safety Committee via their Supervisor/line manager. ●Co-operating with any departmental and/or University safety rules. ●Discussing their safety training needs with their supervisor/line manager. ALL Staff are responsible for: School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT

5 Chaired by the Head of School – Rob Mortimer School H&S Coordinators - Dave Banks, Jerry Lee & Jane-Marie Stocks Faculty Health and safety Manager – Sarah Burdall Union Representatives - UCU, UNITE (AMICUS) and UNISON Specialist officers (RPS, Lasers, waste management…….) School H&S administrator – Trish Shepherd Terms of Reference 1.To provide a forum through which questions of health and safety can be discussed and local health and safety policies and procedures can be monitored. 2.To advise and assist the Head of Resource Centre and other resource centre officers in the discharge of their health and safety responsibilities, considering where necessary. i.reports from the School Health and Safety Coordinators, other staff members, or students. ii.reports from the Student-Staff Forum Committee. iii.reports on any untoward incidents carrying a risk to health and safety. iv.other reports generated by the Safety Services staff or the Health and Safety Committee. 3.To refer any general safety issues for consideration by the Head of Safety Services or the University's Health and Safety Committee To consider any other issues concerning the health and safety of all School members while carrying out their work. School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT School Health and Safety Committee

6 School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT Fire Safety University on-line annual fire training

7 In event of fire The fire alarm is a continuous alarm sounding. If you hear this alarm you should immediately evacuate the building by the nearest exit. If you are teaching you should ensure that all the students leave the lecture venue. Do not stop to collect personal belongings. Do not use the lifts. Do not re-enter the building until told it is safe to do so by a fire warden or by security. There are now TWO muster points depending upon where the fire alarm is activated (the building for fire safety purposes is split in two) School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT

8 School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT Refurbished building (West & South) New Building (North) Fire Evacuation Assembly points

9 If you discover a fire Sound the fire alarm. Only attempt to put out the fire if it is safe to do so. Always ensure that your escape route is clear, your route into the building may NOT be the closest/fastest exit route. Evacuate yourself from the building. Report to the fire wardens outside the building with details of the location and type of fire. School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT Fire warden info will be posted in foyer areas

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13 Typical DSE assessment is 4 pages This should be carried out annually Data analysis and numerical modelling, still have associated hazards

14 On-Line Training for Manual Handling

15 Your Health and your Safety is our PRIORITY. …because accidents and incidents do happen… …even in universities. School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT

16 ●The first priority is to treat the injured person - either via trained first aiders, Student Health or by summoning the Ambulance Service ●Please report all accidents and incidents however minor even if you ‘nearly hurt yourself’ (NEAR MISS) or see something that could harm you or someone else. ●Reporting near miss incidents could prevent the serious or even fatal ones. ●An entry should be made in the on-line Accident and incident reporting system (SENTINEL) all accidents & incidents that occur on the premises. ●For the more serious events, more detailed reporting may be required. If in doubt ASK. ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS Sentinel reporting team. Jerry Lee, Jane-Marie Stocks, Dave Banks, Trish Shepherd

17 Everybody has a responsibility for ensuring the safety of the building on a day to day basis Don't tamper with any fire safety equipment. Don't prop open fire doors. Make sure you don't create any risks. If you are working in a laboratory make sure you are aware of the risk assessments for your experiments. In offices the main sources of ignition are likely to be electric equipment. The main sources of fuel are paper. The use of open bar electric heaters is forbidden by the university. Any personal electrical equipment brought into the department MUST be tested before use. If you see anything unsafe, e.g. damaged fire equipment, fire doors not closing properly or unsafe working practices in a lab then report it to the health & safety coordinators or the safety administrator (Trish Shepherd) or to one of the fire wardens. School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT

18 Out of hours working When working alone or out of hours there is obviously an increased risk from any incident since help may not be easily available. You should take extra care. Medium / high risk activities (e.g. working in labs or the workshop) will require additional risk assessment for out or hours work and some activities may not be allowed. Normal hours are Monday – Friday, during a normal University working day. All day during weekends and any University closure day is classified as out of hours. All staff must sign in/out out of hours at the front desk. The university lone-working policy is available at School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT or (internal)

19 School of something FACULTY OF OTHER School of Earth and Environment FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT Health and Safety BEYOND the School of Earth and Environment

20 Earth & Environment – Using the Global Laboratory

21 RISK ASSESSMENTS ●Carry out a risk assessment on all proposed labwork/field projects/off campus activities. ●It is important to undertake the assessment well in advance of the lab/field starting (ideally at least two weeks) ●ALL risk assessment (fieldwork, COSHH etc…) should be reviewed and then forwarded to the Safety supervisor for clearance, without this you can NOT start the work. ●Ensure that risks are reduced, as far as is reasonably practicable, to the minimum level. ●Ensure that all personnel involved receive adequate training, written instruction, and are provided with adequate equipment to enable them to work safely. ●Seek advice of your supervisor or the local safety officer, if unsure of what is required. ●Keep documentary evidence of the above in case proof of action is required in the future. What we tell students H&S rules apply to everyone, students and staff alike, ALL activities require a risk assessment to be carried out.

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23 Health and Safety For more information contact our Safety team: Jerry Lee –Health & Safety Coordinator (Buildings) (Tel: 35245, Jane-Marie Stocks – Health & Safety Coordinator (Labs) (Tel: 34711, Dave Banks – Health & Safety Coordinator (Teaching and Fieldwork) (Tel: 35244, Trish Shepherd – Health and Safety Administrator (Tel: 37439, Sarah Burdall– Faculty Health & Safety Manager (Tel: 38581, Health and Safety Services Tel:


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