Health and Safety - Department Safety Policy
The RTP Department recognises its responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 - “to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and welfare at work” of our staff, users and visitors.
The Health and Safety of everyone in the Department, and those utilising our shared resources, is one of our highest priorities. We must all take every reasonable action to mitigate accidents, injuries or ill health. We expect our staff, and our users, to report any incidents, near misses or concerns on the central Health and Safety Services Portal (link here), so that we can continue to improve our safe working culture.
Each RTP has bespoke risk assessments and operating procedures in line with their space, technologies, activities and risks. In addition, as RTPs are hosted within other Departments such as Chemistry, Physics and Life Sciences, we must also take account of distinct risks and ways of operating that are specific to each Department. We expect our staff to adhere to the local H&S documentation (linked for the relevant departments opposite) in order to fall in line with local expectations and procedures.
Furthermore, RTPs provide a service to users from a range of departments across (or from outside) campus, who all need to be aware of the specific H&S considerations upon entering an RTP.
Despite differences in detail, there are many commonalities across Departments and RTPs. We therefore actively encourage our staff to share best practice from their own area, and implement learning from others, that improve the safety of our staff and users.
All aspects of the Department’s health and safety measures are under constant review to ensure that we not only meet our legal obligations, retaining ISO45001 accreditation where appropriate, but that we act as examples of best practice for the whole institution.
Due to their expertise, many of our staff sit on or are closely linked to host department H&S committees. Several of our staff also contribute through being named first aid contacts or fire wardens. As a Department, we strongly encourage our staff to dedicate their time to these activities and responsibilities if they are able to do so.
It is important for all to remember that there is nothing so important that it cannot be done safely.
Professor David Leadley,
1st September 2022