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Health and Safety Objectives

Objectives for Health and Safety are set by the University Health and Safety Executive Committee in order to help drive contuous improvement over time. It is anticipated that these objectives will change over time, as the OHSMS matures, but (as at March 2021) they are as shown below.

2020-21

For the academic year 2020-21 they are to:

  • Ensure that 95% of those actions identified through Proactive Monitoring (inspections, tours, audits etc.) are closed out within agreed timescales
  • Ensure that 95% of those actions identified through Reactive Monitoring (incidents, near misses, ill-health etc.) are closed within agreed timescales
  • Ensure that 100% of Risk Assessments are in place for all activities and equipment in higher hazard spaces (as identified in the QuEMIS Hazard System) by August 2021*

*This was originally set for January 2021 but has been deferred due to Covid-19 impact during 2020-21.

2021-22

For the academic year 2021-22 they will be to:

  • Ensure that 100% of Risk Assessments are in place for all identified activities and equipment by January 2022*
  • Ensure that 100% of essential H&S Training (as identified in the 'Leadership and Management' document) is delivered by January 2022

**This was originally set for January 2021 but has been deferred due to Covid-19 impact during 2020-21.

Objectives for previous years

For the period 2018-19 they were to:

  • Ensure that departmental/faculty Health and Safety Committees are in place and operational (meeting at least once every term) by June 2019.
  • Ensure that Terms of Reference are agreed and in place for such Health and Safety Committees by June 2019.
  • Ensure that departmental/faculty Health and Safety Plans are developed and approved by the relevant Health and Safety Committee by June 2019 – such plans should complement the University Health and Safety Plan where appropriate and should include actions and timescales identified through internal OHSAS 18001 audits and through OHSAS 18001 Audits carried out by external certification bodies.

 

For the academic year 2019-20 they were to:

  • Ensure that 95% of those actions identified through Proactive Monitoring (inspections, tours, audits etc.) are closed out within agreed timescales
  • Ensure that 95% of those actions identified through Reactive Monitoring (incidents, near misses, ill-health etc.) are closed within agreed timescales
  • Ensure that 100% of Risk Assessments are in place for all activities and equipment in higher hazard spaces (as identified in the QuEMIS Hazard System) by January 2020