Health & Safety Principles

Introduction

College, as an employer and premises occupier, is committed to ensuring, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of members of staff, students, and of other people who may be affected by its activities.

All members of staff have a role to play in health, safety and welfare matters.

Such roles include observing College’s policy, operating to standards and guidelines adopted by College and carrying out specific procedures in the event of particular incidents.

Ensuring health and safety is a non-delegable duty of care owed by College’s Management to all persons entering College premises and grounds.

General Statement of Principle

College's Health & Safety Policy will be implemented through a commitment to the following objectives:

1. Environment

provision and maintenance of safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work.

2. Train

ensuring the competence of members of staff and students with designated responsibilities.

3. Consult

effective consultation to be regularly held with members of staff, students and other users of College premises.

4. Personal responsibility

encouraging the acceptance of personal responsibility by all staff students and visitors.

5. Health

encouraging a fit and healthy culture amongst all College staff & stduents.

6. Support

allocation of adequate resources and support and use of specialist advice when prudent.

7. Monitor

the implementation of a health and safety management system involving a process of regular audits, inspections and resultant actions which must be ensured.

Responsibilities

College Management will ensure that these principles are applied through the approval of policies and action plans, by the appointment of appropriate staff and by regular monitoring.

Bursar

The Bursar has primary responsibility for College Health & Safety reporting directly to College Management which shall include:

1. Environment

overall responsibility for all Health and Safety matters in College.

2. Train

ensuring that College Health and Safety Policy and the detailed arrangements concerning health, safety and welfare of all members of staff and students are made known and implemented with appropriate training for Staff and Students.

3. Consult

ensuring that suitable arrangements are in place for consultation and review with staff and students regarding all health and safety matters.

4. Personal responsibility.

ensuring proper management procedures exist to secure the implementation of College policy and encouraging all staff and students to accept personal responsibility for health & safety.

5. Health

being proactive in stimulating interest and enthusiasm for health and safety throughout College.

6. Support

ensuring the availability of sufficient resources to comply with the ‘Health and Safety Policy’.

7. Monitor

overall responsibility for ensuring that the ‘Health and Safety Policy’ is kept under review and that the objectives are achieved.

Health and Safety Officer

The Bursar shall appoint the College's Health and Safety Officer, who may be him or herself, whose responsibility includes:

1. Environment

fire prevention/protection and emergency escape procedures.

2. Train

advising, supporting and assisting staff and students in understanding their health and safety responsibilities;
maintaining an up-to-date set of College safety policies and codes of practice.

3. Consult

consulting promoting and advising upon standards to be adopted in health and safety matters.

4. Personal responsibility

advising all staff, students and visitors of their personal health & safety responsibilities.

5. Health

Promoting acceptance and the application of College's policy of health and safety amongst all staff and students.

6. Support

ensuring that College Management are aware of the requirements of new and proposed legislation;

7. Monitor

ensuring that suitable and sufficient risk assessments and safety audits have been carried out of risks to the Health and Safety of members of staff and students whilst they are engaged on College business.

Status: Current

Review: July 2019