Health and Safety Policy
The most significant document in our safety management system is the Health and Safety Policy Statement as this confirms the commitment the University has to ensuring the health and safety of all staff, students and visitors to the site. The University also has a duty to protect others who may be affected by the activities of the University.
Safety doesn't simply happen by chance and this statement sets out a genuine commitment to making the University of Worcester a safe environment in which to work, study, visit and live.
Please take five minutes to read the Health and Safety Policy and think about how you might contribute to the aims. In particular, please consider the last sentence which sets out our philosophy... health and safety will not be used as an excuse not to do something; instead, it will be the foundation on which we do things safely.
It is crucial that all members of staff understand where they fit into the University health and safety management system. It is also important that everyone understands that their responsibilities as set out in this document place legal duties on them. For example, it is a legal duty that all staff take care of themselves and others whilst at work. If you act recklessly or put others at risk, you could be committing a criminal offence.
Generally, safety management responsibilities are greatest at the top of the management structure and less lower down, but don't forget, whilst at work we are all responsible for the safety of ourselves and others.
With this in mind, please read this and consider where you fit into the structure, you may be the Head of School or a lecturer or a technician, you all have a responsibility.